Windows XP & Partition chaos

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Hard drives
Microsoft Windows XP
NTFS permissions
Windows XP Partitions
I have just installed a clean copy of Win XP on a brand new Hard Drive having formatted it in NTFS. The partition drives seem to have become muddled.  Windows seems to have installed itself on Partition "I" which has thrown all other drives askew. My question is can I use a program like Partition Magic to change the "I" Drive to be the  "C" Drive.  I understand how to change drive letters but am nervous fiddling around with the Boot Partition.  Or should I just start over? Any help appreciated - thank you!

Software/Hardware used:
Win XP Pro

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Follow this Microsoft KB article to change the drive letter on the partition. However, just be aware that you may have issues if you installed software from a drive that no longer exists when you modify paths like this.


First, don’t be afraid of trying something because it is the best way for you to learn about hardware servicing. However, before doing any experimentation about changing the hard disk drive partition letter, make sure that you have already all the backup of the files stored on that drive because there might be possibilities of data loss.

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  • saturno
    Hello Compucure, You already have *the* answer kindly provided by Labnuke99. Even so let me give you my advice. If this is a new / recent installation you might not loose anything if you rebuild it from scratch. The problems that may arise from changing drive letters might not worth it. Deciding to rebuild right now may save you a lot of trouble in few months. HTH
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  • Compucure
    Thanks to both for your responses - in the end, as I had nothing to lose, I decided to start over....
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  • Raphael7
    How to assign a drive letter To assign a drive letter to a drive, a partition, or a volume, follow these steps: Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Performance and Maintenance. Note If you do not see Performance and Maintenance, go to step 3. Performance and Maintenance appears in Control Panel only if you use Category view. If you use Classic view, Performance and Maintenance does not appear. Click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Disk Management in the left pane. Right-click the drive, the partition, the logical drive, or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Add. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, and then either accept the default drive letter or click the drive letter that you want to use. Click OK. The drive letter is assigned to the drive, to the partition, or to the volume that you specified, and then that drive letter appears in the appropriate drive, partition, or volume in the Disk Management tool.
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  • Parition

    You have many alternatives to do this kind of staff, how about this assistant tool

    you can format your I partition and next Create a new partition for your OS,(this may launch the pre-os if there is web-sit involved) if you dont want to lose any important data in your existing drive, then you should use the function of Change Label to rename your I drive.

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