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Adam Low
Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2001 - 1:09 pm:   

Ok, here is what I have: Western Digital(WD) 8.4GB HDD, and a Seagate(SG) 17GB Hdd. I partitioned both of them so it should come out as C(WD), D(WD),E(SG), and F(SG). However, that is not the case.

The computer, under Windows Explorer, shows C(WD), D(SG), E(WD), and F(SG). I do not quite understand this. Any insight?

Brent Hughes (Brenthughes)
Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2001 - 1:23 pm:   

This has just happened to me as well with two Western Digital's. Active Dos patition first then two partitions on the slave drive as Dand E and then the remaining partitions are on the Master drive. Please offer an explanation to me too!
Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2001 - 2:04 pm:   

What's up fellas,

Usually, that just how the ball bounces.

First primary disk Active partition (C Drive) then secondary disk Active partition (D Drive) followed by the remaining partitions on the primary drive first (E, F Drives for example) then the remaining partitions of the secondary drive (G, H Drives for example).


Are you installing an operating system later then Win98? Where partitions created with FDISK? The article above may have situations that apply to you.
Posted on Friday, November 2, 2001 - 2:43 pm:   

Roberto is correct, assuming you are running Win9x/ME. The active partition on your primary master drive will always be C:. Then comes the primary partition on your primary slave drive (D), and then the primary partition on your secondary master drive, etc.

In Windows NT/2000/XP, you can assign drive letters any way you want, except that the boot (primary master active) partiton must remain C:

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