Installing second HDD

  algernonymous 14:42 26 Jan 2008

I am currently adding a 250Gb HDD to my desktop as a secondary drive. At the moment I have three drives in it;
C-main HDD,
D-CD drive,
E-CD/RW drive.
I'm about to run the New Partition Wizard but first I want to rename the CD drive (D) to 'F' so that I can call the secondary HDD this.
How is this done please?

  DieSse 14:59 26 Jan 2008

Assuming XP - you do this in Disk Management

Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management

Right click on the drive, and choose - Change etc.

  Technotiger 15:01 26 Jan 2008

When you add another hard drive, the Drive letters will be added automatically.

A: and B: = Floppy drives (even if you have none).
C: Normally Local Drive (ie Main drive with all OS and System files.)
D: Could be a Partition within C: (as could E:F: etc depending on number of Partitions in C:)
but normally D: CD/DVD ROM. E: CD/DVD ROM etc ...

Adding another Internal Hard-drive, the System would name that drive D: and move the other drive letters forward accordingly.

Adding External USB Drives would result in the external drives being given letters following on from the Last CD/DVD ROM drive letter.

  Technotiger 15:04 26 Jan 2008

Or - move the other drive letters back accordingly. ....... depending how you look at it. :-)

  algernonymous 16:04 26 Jan 2008

It was assigning the new drive as F:

But done now.


  algernonymous 11:49 10 Mar 2008

I've just noticed its showing up as 128Gb, not 250.! I know you lose some in the mathematics, but not that much! Did I go wrong in the formatting somewhere???

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:15 10 Mar 2008

In Windows, click on Start->Run, enter "regedit".
# Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Parameters registry subkey.
# From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
# Enter the name EnableBigLba, then press Enter.
# Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
# Close the registry editor.
# Restart the machine for the change to take effect.

But this should'nt happen if you have XP SP2 installed.

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