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Old 09-25-2011, 11:59 PM   #1
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I had to replace my hard drive an windows assigned the drive letter to I: not to c: how do I change it to c:

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Hi

See this article: How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

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If you had an external drive (USB HDD, Flash Drive, SD Card) attached to your computer when you installed XP, Windows may have made your external drive C: and your Windows installation I:. There is no real way to rename the I: drive to C: Remove all external Mass Storage Devices and boot off of the XP CD and Delete the Partition, Create a New Partition, Format the Partition NTFS and Install Windows XP.
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Do not follow that article Albert linked you to. It's a one way trip to a dead end.

I have seen this articles results many times on the web. You end up having to do a repair install which is the way to correct this to begin with.

Before doing the repair install you need to remove all attached usb devices. No flash drives or any usb device plugged in during install.
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Hi

Sorry I should have asked why the drive letter changed and if this was a new installation or if you copied/ghosted everything from your old hard drive to the new hard drive.

As the article explains the only valid time to use that procedure is if your drive letter changes. Meaning if the drive letter was c: then something happens (eg you ghost the drive to a new hard drive) and then all of a sudden the drive letter becomes i:.

Wand3r3r and Spunk.Funk are both correct in saying if this is not the case then the only way to fix it is to do a repair install or new install.

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