Changing boot drive letter?

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Hi there,

I've just upgraded my system to a cd2 on a Badaxe2 and made a bit of a dog's dinner of re-installing XP due to my unfamiliarity of the Intel BIOS.
I have three hard disks in my system, two Seagate 320GB sata that I intend to put into a RAID and one 160 GB Maxtor as master on the single IDE port, with a DVD writer as slave.

Without going into too much boring detail I managed to get the IDE drive installed as C:\. One of my Seagates had been previously my boot drive C:\. Thus I had intended to do a full re-install of XP over the old one. Anyway, I failed to do this.

I now have my system up but my boot disk is labelled F:\. I've relabled my new/old C:\ to Z:\. Hoping that by freeing up C:\ I would be able to re-label Z:z to C:\ in the administrative tools/storage tab. However, this is not possible.

I've found a Windows knowledge base article which gives instructions as to how to do this using Regedit32 and Regedit. I must be dense as I cannot open or find Regedit32 so I can't run the Microsoft fix. Can anyone advise me on this?

I've thought of another possible way of changing my boot back to C:\ but I'm not too sure that it'll work so I'd welcome advice please. Do you think the following would work.

Using Acronis True Image I could clone my boot drive to the other SATA Seagate to which I give the label C:\ and simply change the boot order in BIOS so that the new C:\ becomes the boot drive. However, I'm not too sure how my system would boot having two identical copies of Windows on the system.

Thanks for youer attention.
 
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To run regedit just type regedit into run. I remember partition magic used to have an option to change drive letters including the boot drive, it would then search for all references to the old letter and update them. I assume newer versions still do that, although I haven't used it in years.
 
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I used acronis recently to clone a drive and it disables the old copy of windows and boots from the newly made one.

But the new drive was D: so i tried to use Partition Magic to change the drive letter, but it didn't work, so now i gotta reinstall windows.
 
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