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Windows 7: OK to change drive letter?

06 Aug 2011   #11
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Your System Reserved partition is the active one so it's best to leave it alone.

If you do delete it you would need to make your C drive active and run System Repair three times to rebuild the boot record.

All I'd be inclined to do is to change drive letter F to E and drive letter G to F.

You might also want to consider swapping the drive leads on Sata 0 and Sata 1 on your motherboard.

You currently have Windows on Drive 1 whereas Windows normally looks for Drive 0 when it boots up.


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06 Aug 2011   #12
stonebear

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
All I'd be inclined to do is to change drive letter F to E and drive letter G to F.

That is all I want to do.

The system reserved I deleted used to be on the other disk, it used to have windows on, I was dual booting. I do not want to delete from the boot drive.

Also, I know this is weird but the boot drive is on SATA 0 and the other 1TB drive is on SATA 5 so I don't know why it has it backwards in Windows.

SO changing F to E will be OK even when I have a game installed on F?
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06 Aug 2011   #13
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stonebear View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
All I'd be inclined to do is to change drive letter F to E and drive letter G to F.

That is all I want to do.

The system reserved I deleted used to be on the other disk, it used to have windows on, I was dual booting. I do not want to delete from the boot drive.

Also, I know this is weird but the boot drive is on SATA 0 and the other 1TB drive is on SATA 5 so I don't know why it has it backwards in Windows.

SO changing F to E will be OK even when I have a game installed on F?
I can't see any problem with changing F to E, it just means you're looking for a different drive letter when you start gaming, not a different partition - so I'd say yes, just go ahead.
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06 Aug 2011   #14
stonebear

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
I can't see any problem with changing F to E, it just means you're looking for a different drive letter when you start gaming, not a different partition - so I'd say yes, just go ahead.

Ok thanks, I am just concerned that the registry wouldn't be updated as all the references to the game are with the game on F.

But that is what the "path" part of "change drive letter and path" is all about I guess.
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06 Aug 2011   #15
DalekOverSeer

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stonebear View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
I can't see any problem with changing F to E, it just means you're looking for a different drive letter when you start gaming, not a different partition - so I'd say yes, just go ahead.

Ok thanks, I am just concerned that the registry wouldn't be updated as all the references to the game are with the game on F.

But that is what the "path" part of "change drive letter and path" is all about I guess.

i'm going to make an assumption and assume that you are just going to place a shortcut to the game where you want it. if that is the case the shortcut will do all the work. as long as you have gone into you new e drive and that programs folder and rightclicked to create a shortcut of it's exe you will not have a problem running it.
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06 Aug 2011   #16
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stonebear View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
All I'd be inclined to do is to change drive letter F to E and drive letter G to F.

That is all I want to do.

The system reserved I deleted used to be on the other disk, it used to have windows on, I was dual booting. I do not want to delete from the boot drive.

Also, I know this is weird but the boot drive is on SATA 0 and the other 1TB drive is on SATA 5 so I don't know why it has it backwards in Windows.

SO changing F to E will be OK even when I have a game installed on F?
I was reading something to that regards recently...about how Windows sometimes disagrees with the motherboards about the numbering of drives. It seems that it isn't Windows fault, it has to do with the design of the motherboard. The author suggested making Windows the authority on which drive is which.

EDIT: I remembered where I read that:

Quote:
Down below, we see six SATA 6.0 Gbps connectors courtesy of SB850. The connectors are angled by 90 degree so that large video cards do not block their entrance. These connectors, we’re happy to report, are correctly numbered on the board’s PCB, manual, and in the BIOS. This may sound trivial but it is one of those things that board makers can’t seem to get right for whatever reason. If you have ever had to go through the process of trial and error to determine which port is port No. 1 and which is No. 6 (or anything in between) to setup a RAID array or a hot-swap bay, you’ll know what we’re talking about. On the Deluxe 4, port No. 1 is port No. 1 in the BIOS, in the manual, and on the board’s PCB whether the storage subsystem is configured as plain IDE, AHCI, or RAID mode.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3877/a...ance-scaling/4

I guess that the conclusion that I mentioned was my interpretation of this paragraph, but I think that I understood him correctly.
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06 Aug 2011   #17
stonebear

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DalekOverSeer View Post

i'm going to make an assumption and assume that you are just going to place a shortcut to the game where you want it. if that is the case the shortcut will do all the work. as long as you have gone into you new e drive and that programs folder and rightclicked to create a shortcut of it's exe you will not have a problem running it.

Ok great, thanks.
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06 Aug 2011   #18
stonebear

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I was reading something to that regards recently...about how Windows sometimes disagrees with the motherboards about the numbering of drives. It seems that it isn't Windows fault, it has to do with the design of the motherboard. The author suggested making Windows the authority on which drive is which.
Yea, I am fairly sure the board is labelled wrong now you mention it! I have nocticed before that things weren't as they were supposed to be.

HDDerase is a bit of software for wiping SSD's, it is notoriously fussy about which port it will "see" the drive on, it is supposed to see it on the main controller (SATA 0 or 1 I think) but it only saw the drive when it was connected to SATA 5.

Also I just noticed when booting up that the bios thinks the SSD is a "slave", weirdness.
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07 Aug 2011   #19
stonebear

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I used Partition Wizard to see what that showed and got this



So, PW says I have the drives in the right order, boot drive is Disk 1 and the 1TB drive is Disk 2 but as we can see from my image on page 1, Windows says the 1TB drive is Disk 0 and the boot drive is Disk 1, the wrong order.

I downloaded Partition Wizard because Dalek suggested on this thread but his post and my reply seem to have gone?
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07 Aug 2011   #20
stonebear

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I had hoped PW would have an option to tell me the SATA port the drive used but I couldn't see an option for that.
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