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Incorrectly Labelled Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Marie, 30 May 2006.

  1. Marie


    Joined: 2 May 2006

    Posts: 7

    Please can anyone help me?

    When I installed Windows XP Pro on my pc it labelled the hard drive as the F-drive. The Floppy drive is labelled correctly as the A-drive but as this is a combined Floppy/card reader and this was connected to the mobo prior to the Windows installation I have since been told that this would cause the hard drive to be labelled incorrectly as F-drive and not as C-drive.

    How can this be rectified simply so that the hard drive is correctly labelled as C-drive?
  2. semi-pro waster

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 25,822

    Location: Glasgow

    If it is the main boot drive then I don't think you can change the drive label so that Windows will recognise it as a C: drive. You could always disconnect the floppy/memory card reader while installing Windows as A: and B: are automatically reserved for floppy drives, then once Windows is installed the memory card drives will fit in after the hard drive and the floppy disk drive will take its name space as A:.
  3. basmic


    Joined: 10 Apr 2004

    Posts: 13,122

    Location: Darlington, County Durham

    Go into the BIOS, and disable the floppy controller - assuming the card reader is on the floppy cable. If not, just disable it in the BIOS during install.
  4. senorstealth


    Joined: 16 May 2006

    Posts: 265

    Location: down the pub

    Provided its not the primary boot drive you can change the drive letters using computer management from the administrator tools.
  5. Marie


    Joined: 2 May 2006

    Posts: 7

    Unfortunately the HDD is the Primary boot drive. Any further ideas please?
  6. marc2003


    Joined: 6 Feb 2004

    Posts: 20,504

    Location: England

    no way round it except to re-install windows i'm afraid. :(
  7. Messiah Khan


    Joined: 1 Sep 2005

    Posts: 9,998

    Location: Scottish Highlands

    There is actually a way to fix it, can't quite remember how at the moment though im afraid. Its basically a registry hack boj job. I really wouldnt recommend it though, as your likely to cause more problems for yourself.
  8. marc2003


    Joined: 6 Feb 2004

    Posts: 20,504

    Location: England

    that would have to one hell of a bodge. :eek: so many registry entries relate to the drive windows is installed on. not just registry entries either. i'm sure there's more to it than that with regards to windows startup files/bootsector files etc. i certainly would not recommend this..... :p
  9. Jay_t


    Joined: 19 May 2005

    Posts: 712

    Location: The Lake District

    Yep, its a reinstall alright. I always disable all other hard drives when installing windows for this very reason.
  10. Dutch Guy


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 24,560

    Location: Amsterdam,The Netherlands

    As others have said a reinstall is the only way to get windows on the C: drive, you can change all drive letters except the one Windows is installed on :(
  11. Efour


    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

    Posts: 27,177

    Location: Norrbotten, Sweden.

    Yep i had mine on D:\ for a few months. TBH it means nothing but its a bit odd for the first week.
  12. Topgun


    Joined: 27 Oct 2002

    Posts: 952

    I've done it before. Do the registry hack as suggested but before rebooting, Find decent registry editor the Find and Replace all "F:\" with "C:\".
  13. mc_bob


    Joined: 29 Aug 2005

    Posts: 1,552

    Location: Reppin' up North London

    My boot drive is a D:
    Never got round to formatting but I got used to it and it hasnt bothered me.