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Windows 7: Drive letters cannot be re-assigned


28 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
Drive letters cannot be re-assigned

I had, amongst others, two drives labelled D: and E: on my PC and wished to exchange the drive letters. I got as far as temorarily renaming drive D: to X: but then had to divert my attention to other matters. Since drive D: was not actually in use this had no immediate consequence and I thought no more of it until recently when three MS Updates for Office 2003 repeatedly failed to install. I still did not connect the two until, whilst researching a solution to the failed installation problem, I came across MS Article ID.903776 which states quite clearly that the renaming could well be the cause.
I now needed to rename X: back to D: but, on entering Drive Management, I found that D was no longer offered from the drop-down list. Is there a way around this, please?


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28 Sep 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Try with this program: BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS. Renaming is under the Partition tab > Change letter.
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28 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nala View Post
I now needed to rename X: back to D: but, on entering Drive Management, I found that D was no longer offered from the drop-down list. Is there a way around this, please?
If D is allocated to another drive change that first.
If D is not allocated just type in D and change it to that.
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29 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Many thanks to whs and kodi for your replies. However, I now have a solution.
I have used PCWizard on various machines for years and, whilst checking other aspects of my hardware with this for other purposes, I noticed that this programme showed there to still be a D: drive whereas the Windows 7 Disk Management etc systems did not. A quick check showed that the "new" D: had been assigned to my HP Photosmart D7260 printer. Simply unplugging the printer allowed D: to "disappear" and I could then rename X: to D: via Disk Management. The printer is now recognised as H: drive.
Now....what's the next problem....?
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29 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Good to see that it is fixed.
Thanks for coming back and letting us know the result
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