How to change drive letter on Rescue CD restore

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  1. mumdigau

    mumdigau Registered Member

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    Hello,

    I'm trying to restore a system partition (E:) with the rescue CD (TI Workstation 9.1.3887).

    Under Windows XP, drive letters are as follows:

    C: Boot partition HDD
    D: DVD drive
    E: System partition HDD
    F: System partition HDD
    W:Logical partition HDD
    X: Logical Partition on external USB drive
    Y: Logical Partition on external USB drive

    The Rescue CD recognizes the drive letters differently, E: as D:, F: as E:, W: as F:, X: as G:, Y: as H, and D: as I:. I can't see any possibility to change the drive letter for E: which I want to restore to its correct value E:, as I can do when running TI from Windows.

    1. Is it impossible to change the drive letter when using the Rescue CD, or do I just overlook something?

    2. What happens when I restore nevertheless (i. e. with drive letter D:)? Will Windows recognize the partition as E:, or will it be altered to D:?

    Many thanks in advance for any help.

    Best regards

    mumdigau
     
  2. como

    como Registered Member

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    You should firstly rename your drives in Windows to something memorable, as the rescue disk is Linux based and assigns drive letters differently to Windows. First search for posts by GroverH and read his guides linked at the bottom of any of his posts.
     
  3. K0LO

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    mumdigau:

    Ignore the drive letters seen in the Linux recovery environment; they are meaningless. Do as como advised and give each drive a meaningful label so that you can identify them clearly.

    Drive letters are only assigned by, and meaningful to, Windows. If you are restoring only one partition then Windows should reassign the same drive letter when it first boots up. So if the partition had the E: letter before then it should have the E: letter again after restoration.
     
  4. jonyjoe81

    jonyjoe81 Registered Member

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    If you restore the hard drive, and it boots up, just go into control panel/disk management and change your drive letters to the correct configuration if they got changed around during restoration

    If the restored drive doesn't boot up or hangs at the log-on screen, then you need to go into the registry of your non-booting hard drive and change the drive letters there.

    I use the program "paragon justboot corrector" to change drive letters after the fact. It'll let me change my drive letters to there original configuration even if the hard drive won't boot.

    When your dealing with trying to restore a windows xp hard drive with multiple partitions, you might have drive letter problems. You need to plan for the worst. But it's a 5 minute fix with the right utilitys.

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=174958
     
  5. mumdigau

    mumdigau Registered Member

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    Hi,

    I simply restored, and everything went fine. Thanks for any advice (and encouragement).

    Still, I'll check Boot Corrector. Perhaps I only was lucky with my XP multi boot system.

    mumdigau
     
  6. K0LO

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    Good! And no, it wasn't luck; that's the way it should work. The only time that you may get into trouble is if you have made multiple partition changes and then reboot into Windows. For every drive that does not have an existing entry in HKLM\System\Mounted Devices, Windows will assign a drive letter based on a predefined heirarchy. If you only make one partition change then you'll never have a drive letter problem.
     
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