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Windows 7: Different Drive Letters appear in XP and Win 7 ?

21 Mar 2010   #1
JordanJP

Windows 7 baby ! : D
 
 
Different Drive Letters appear in XP and Win 7 ?

Hi there,

Yesterday I decided to install XP alongside my Windows 7, in order to make it a dual boot. Before Installing XP, I had Win 7 taking up my entire hdd as well as the standard 100mb System Reserved Partition that is usually created when installing Win 7. So when I went to install XP, I created a 20GB partition. All went well and I followed the instructions from one of the guides here on the site (thanks shawn)

However what strikes me as odd is that when I'm in XP and 7, there are different drive letters reported for each OS.

This is what I see in Windows 7 :

PLEASE SEE SCREENSHOTS

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And this is what I see in XP :




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As you can see in Win 7 my Windows Se7en is marked as C: and my Windows XP is marked as E: and finally my System Reserved is marked as S:

HOWEVER

In XP I get something totally different, my System Reserved is marked as C: my Windows Se7en is marked as D: and finally my Windows XP is marked as F:


So as you can see from all of this I am baffled Why can't it just stick with one Drive Letter for both Operating Systems ?


Would it be possible for me to hide the respective partitions ? For example, in Windows 7 all I would like to see is my Windows Se7en Partition and the System Reserved Partition. And naturally for XP all I would like see is the single Windows XP Partition only.


How can I fix this ?



Once again thank you very much guys !


Best


JordanJP




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21 Mar 2010   #2
JordanJP

Windows 7 baby ! : D
 
 

Just wondering
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21 Mar 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is normal. The active OS is usually on C and the drives are named differently by each OS. Here is my setup with Vista and Win7. What you see as E, is the Vista OS and would be C when I boot into Vista and G would be D. Right now I am on Windows7.

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21 Mar 2010   #4
tapuz

windows 8.1 pro
 
 

as far as hiding each drive in the other operating system, you can try a small standalone program "drivehide.exe", run it in each operating system, hiding the other drive, never tried it in your instance, but i don't see why it shouldn't work.
here's a link: Cyber-D?s DriveHide Download - Softpedia
good luck.
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21 Mar 2010   #5
JordanJP

Windows 7 baby ! : D
 
 

thanks

anyone know what actually causes this though ?
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21 Mar 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JordanJP View Post
thanks

anyone know what actually causes this though ?
Since every active OS is C and it's recovery partition is D, the other letters get scrambled.
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