Drive Letter Assignments in WinXP Pro:
What happened to drive C:
Have you done a clean install of Win XP and had the installed drive turn out to be either E: or F: ? Well you didn’t do anything wrong and there is nothing wrong with your system.
The fact that your hard drive is E: or F: is not a problem as far as the operating system is concerned; however, older software that you wish to install may have a problem if files and information can’t be installed on drive C: .
The assignment of a drive letter other than C: to the hard drive can occur when you are using a new out-of-the box drive, or a drive that has had zeros written to the Master Boot Record. Installing the Win XP operating system from the Windows CD, and proceeding through the install process in a normal manner with a drive as described above, can cause the problem.
The fact that the drive letter will be other than C: can be observed and corrected during the install process as follows:
Welcome to setup Press Enter
Screen shows “unpartitioned space” Press C to create a partition
Then press Enter to have only one partition and drive; or,
Backspace to clear and enter the desired partition size and then
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