:sadwavey: My Windows install decided to be stupid

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  1. Boogieman117

    Boogieman117 PSN: Boogieman117

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    Had a stripped down version of Windows XP on my mediabox for the last few years, thought I'd get a legit copy on it. The machine has three HDDs in it and this was my setup pre-reinstall:

    C:\ was the 80GB as the primary boot drive and where the OS lived
    D:\ was the CD-RW drive
    E:\ was the 250GB drive as in-between storage / catch-all storage (added later)
    F:\ was the 1TB drive with all my multimedia on it [videos, music, pics, etc.] (added much later)

    Re-installed Windows on the 80GB HDD from CD, and booted up Windows Disk Management and saw this:

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    Yeah... :rofl::wtc:

    So, how can I go from the picture and damned confusing layout back to what I originally had in the first place? Reinstall Windows? I'm really nervous about the 1TB drive, since that has all my digital goodies. :noes:

    Thanks,
    Boogieman117
     
  2. cp5184

    cp5184 New Member

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    you don't uninstall windows. just when you've quit they pull you back in
     
  3. retorq

    retorq What up bitch??

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    That's kinda funny ... what happens when you disconnect the 1TB drive and boot the PC?? This is exactly why I disconnect all extra drives when I install an OS ...
     
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    caddymac New Member

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    Can't you right click on the drives and re-assign drive letters?
     
  5. Boogieman117

    Boogieman117 PSN: Boogieman117

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    Dunno, haven't tried it. 8am comes early when troubleshooting at 1am. Well, I think the best way to do this is to disconnect the power from 250GB and 1TB and re-install on the 80GB. I was just hoping that OT CnP crew had an idea for me.

    If I right-click on the 80GB or the 1TB, it says "Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume".... I thought that too. :sad:
     
  6. Boogieman117

    Boogieman117 PSN: Boogieman117

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    you do not post without an av, just when you think your opinion matters.
     
  7. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Reinstall with all drives disconnected.
     
  8. retorq

    retorq What up bitch??

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    Or ... boot from a utility CD with a registry editor, find/replace all c: with d: :big grin:
     
  9. Boogieman117

    Boogieman117 PSN: Boogieman117

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    That's I wound up doing. Installing SP3 now.. :bigthumb:
     
  10. OniMinion

    OniMinion ...recalls when this forum was actually about cars OT Supporter

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    I've never tried that.... It sounds like a great solution.
     
  11. cmsurfer

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    Also sounds like it can do alot more damage if you mess it up too ;)
     
  12. OniMinion

    OniMinion ...recalls when this forum was actually about cars OT Supporter

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    Right, but if it's already f-d it can't hurt anymore than format C:
     

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