Reassign cdrom drive letters

Reassign cdrom drive letters

Post by Rick Hur » Thu, 06 Feb 2003 07:31:32



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:?

 
 
 

Reassign cdrom drive letters

Post by Mike » Thu, 06 Feb 2003 08:18:37


Start > Settings > Control Panel > Admin Tools >
Computer Management > Disk Management

Right Click in CD-Rom box > Change drive letter and path

Quote:>-----Original Message-----
>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:?

>.


 
 
 

Reassign cdrom drive letters

Post by Steven K. Marine » Thu, 06 Feb 2003 08:26:54


Two things you're probably looking to do.

First, to change the drive letters, you go into the
Windows 2000 version of what used to be the Disk
Administrator.  Easiest way to get there is to right-click
on the "My Computer" icon and select "Manage.  Under
the "Storage" group find the "Disk Management" and click
on it.  In the right window there should presently appear
a list of your disks and partitions and such.  Right-click
on the CD whose letter you wish to change and select
the "Change Drive Letter and Path" option.  Click
on "Edit" and change the letter.

Repeat for the other drive.

I do this all the time, so I'm sure it works.

Second, you'll probably want to change where the operating
system thinks all your CD-based installations are coming
from, which for reasons that elude any sense of logic
Windows absolutely refuses to adjust its memory
automatically.  I believe you can do by modifying the
Registry Key located in

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
Windows NT\CurrentVersion"

called "SourcePath".  I'm not sure about this one as I
have not yet done it for myself.

Good luck!

 
 
 

Reassign cdrom drive letters

Post by Chris Wall [MS » Thu, 06 Feb 2003 08:37:09


Hello Rick,

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
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=323967

Excerpt: ---

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.

End----------

Other articles of possible interest:

223188 HOW TO: Change the System/Boot Drive Letter in Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=223188

329707 Best Practices for Using Dynamic Disks on Windows 2000-Based
Computers
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=329707

234048 How Windows 2000 Assigns, Reserves, and Stores Drive Letters
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=234048

323442 HOW TO: Use the Disk Management Snap-in to Manage Basic and Dynamic
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=323442

Hope this helps!
Chris Wall

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Quote:> 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:?

 
 
 

Reassign cdrom drive letters

Post by Rick » Thu, 06 Feb 2003 09:05:30


Thank you for your help. Disk Manager did exactly what was
needed. DUH! It looks like I have a lot to learn about
Win2000Pro.
Cheers,

Rick

 
 
 

Reassign cdrom drive letters

Post by Rick » Thu, 06 Feb 2003 09:08:07


Disk Management did indeed solve the problem. I have not
looked into editing the registry as the reason I wanted to
reset the drive letters was to map a network drive to
drive F:. (long story but is easier than remapping all the
other computers on the network for a specific application.
Thanks for your help.

Cheers,

Rick

Quote:>-----Original Message-----
>Two things you're probably looking to do.

>First, to change the drive letters, you go into the
>Windows 2000 version of what used to be the Disk
>Administrator.  Easiest way to get there is to right-
click
>on the "My Computer" icon and select "Manage.  Under
>the "Storage" group find the "Disk Management" and click
>on it.  In the right window there should presently appear
>a list of your disks and partitions and such.  Right-
click
>on the CD whose letter you wish to change and select
>the "Change Drive Letter and Path" option.  Click
>on "Edit" and change the letter.

>Repeat for the other drive.

>I do this all the time, so I'm sure it works.

>Second, you'll probably want to change where the
operating
>system thinks all your CD-based installations are coming
>from, which for reasons that elude any sense of logic
>Windows absolutely refuses to adjust its memory
>automatically.  I believe you can do by modifying the
>Registry Key located in

>"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
>Windows NT\CurrentVersion"

>called "SourcePath".  I'm not sure about this one as I
>have not yet done it for myself.

>Good luck!

>.

 
 
 

Reassign cdrom drive letters

Post by Rick » Thu, 06 Feb 2003 09:09:00


Thanks for your help. This worked.
Quote:>-----Original Message-----
>Start > Settings > Control Panel > Admin Tools >
>Computer Management > Disk Management

>Right Click in CD-Rom box > Change drive letter and path

>>-----Original Message-----
>>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:?

>>.

>.

 
 
 

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