This may help: See if you can change the CD drive letter assignment's from
within the Disk Management MMC snapin. The steps are available in the
article listed below.
A few questions: How did you remove the disk? Did you remove the listing for
it via Drives section of Device Manager or from Disk Management snapin? Or
did you just remove the disk physically from the system? Was the drive set
as Dynamic or Basic Disk?
Regardless, this may be a good place to start:
323967 HOW TO: Manage Drives and Partitions in Windows 2000
Changing Drive Letters
To change the drive letter of paths that are associated with a partition:
1. Open the Disk Management section of Computer Management.
2. Right-click the partition for which you want to change the drive
letter, and then click "Change Drive Letter and Path".
3. Click Add to add a drive letter or path to a drive, and then select
the drive letter of the path that you want to use.
4. Click Remove to remove an existing drive letter or path assignment.
5. Click Edit to update an existing drive letter or path assignment.
NOTE: You can have any combination of drive letter or path assignments.
6. Click Close.
Other articles of possible interest:
223188 HOW TO: Change the System/Boot Drive Letter in Windows
329707 Best Practices for Using Dynamic Disks on Windows 2000-Based
234048 How Windows 2000 Assigns, Reserves, and Stores Drive Letters
323442 HOW TO: Use the Disk Management Snap-in to Manage Basic and Dynamic
Hope this helps!
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> I recently upgraded my hard drive on my computer running
> Windows 2000 Pro and used my old drive temporarily for
> copying data files etc. onto the new drive. During the
> install of Windows 2000, my old drive was assigned drive
> letter D: and my two CD Rom drives were assigned drive
> letters E: and F: respectively.
> I have now removed the old drive and want to reset my cd
> rom drive letters to D: and E: respectively. Windows 2000
> however appears to automatically assign these drive
> letters to E: and F:.
> I read a knowledge base article that explained how Windows
> 2000 initially assigns drive letters and then maintains a
> data base of assigned drive letters in the registry but
> did not provide a procedure to reassign these letters.
> I tried uninstalling the drives and drivers but the E: and
> F: drive letters were reassinged to the drives when they
> were reinstalled.
> Does anyone know of a procedure for resetting these drive
> letters back to D: and E:?