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goodiesguy
23-05-2010, 08:13 PM
ok. for some reason in xp pro my boot drive is D: and my secondary is C:

any simple way to fix this?

i tried changing it in disk manager but it woulnt allow me to change the boot drive. do i need 2 boot into safe mode or is some software needed?

Speedy Gonzales
23-05-2010, 08:24 PM
Only prob with that, if you've installed any programs on D and you change it to C (if you can), whatever programs you've installed may not work

goodiesguy
23-05-2010, 08:27 PM
that dosent matter, i can fix that by going into the properties of the shortcuts at putting a c where the d is. it wont take too long

Sweep
23-05-2010, 08:31 PM
OK. Go fix it then.

Speedy Gonzales
23-05-2010, 08:35 PM
that dosent matter, i can fix that by going into the properties of the shortcuts at putting a c where the d is. it wont take too long

It's not that easy. Since most programs also put info in the registry. You would have to go into the registry and change all the entries the programs have added

Sweep
23-05-2010, 08:39 PM
It may have helped if the OP had said what partitions are on the drive(s) and whether extended or primary and etc.

goodiesguy
23-05-2010, 08:40 PM
im not worried. i just need to know how to change the drive letters. i can reinstall the little software i have. the games arent that important

goodiesguy
23-05-2010, 08:41 PM
they are separate hard drives. the boot drive is a 120gb but it shows as 116gb. an the secondary is 160gb and shows as 149gb

Sweep
23-05-2010, 08:56 PM
they are separate hard drives. the boot drive is a 120gb but it shows as 116gb. an the secondary is 160gb and shows as 149gb

Which is fairly normal but says nothing about how the drives are partitioned.

goodiesguy
23-05-2010, 08:57 PM
they were partitioned during the DOS stage of the xp setup. using ntfs

KarameaDave
23-05-2010, 08:57 PM
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188
Warning, this solution involves editing the registry.
Any mistake or deviation from the instructions may render
your PC inoperable.

Sweep
23-05-2010, 09:01 PM
In XP go to control panel, disk management and printscreen.

Post the result here.

goodiesguy
23-05-2010, 09:06 PM
i will do the regedit thing soon.

this is what it looks like in diskmanagement

Sweep
23-05-2010, 09:09 PM
So you installed xp on drive D: then.

goodiesguy
23-05-2010, 09:11 PM
yes, its the smaller drive. its my main one, its been mixed up

Sweep
23-05-2010, 09:14 PM
So why not re install XP on C: after moving any important data to D:?

goodiesguy
23-05-2010, 09:16 PM
that will take to long. i'll try that regedit thing in the next few days. otherwize i may as well just leave it the way it is. or i mite change the ribbons round in the box

Speedy Gonzales
23-05-2010, 09:19 PM
Changing the ribbons wont fix it

Sweep
23-05-2010, 09:21 PM
Oh well.

Change the ribbons as you will.

I'm not about to waste my time trying to help anymore.

goodiesguy
23-05-2010, 09:23 PM
what?? your help is really usefull. i am exploring my options. i mite do that, i need 2 figure out which will be the best

Speedy Gonzales
23-05-2010, 09:28 PM
Well if you've tried changing it in windows and it didnt work, then it wont work. Simple. Only way youre going to fix it, is to reformat. And make sure C is on the right hdd. Why make things harder / why muck around, when its not going to work

goodiesguy
23-05-2010, 09:34 PM
i see your point. at the moment this issue is not harming me, its not harming my pc. i have decided i don't want to tamper with it for now