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I'm going to install Windows XP from a CD and want to make sure it calls the partition it lands on C:. The target partition is the first one on a SATA disk, which is not the first one in my computer. There's no IDE disk there.

I don't think I can swap the disks, as I'm using a fake RAID and really don't want to get problems with it. The target partition is on a normal disk.

I know it may be unimportant, but I don't want to run in any problems I can avoid. I've seen a question slightly related to it, but I'm not going to install from a USB.

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Its always wise to disconnect all but the target drive prior to a XP install. – Moab Feb 2 '11 at 17:07

If you install from a CD, it should land on C: by default. Just pick the hard drive, even if it's a RAID system (should just see the RAID in the installer), and you're good to go. The only time I've ever seen it pick D: is when installing from a flash drive (because then the drive takes C, so D is the next letter up).

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I've seen issues when you have a card reader installed. It will install xp on another drive letter. The solution to that is to just unplug the reader during the partitioning phase. – piagetblix Feb 2 '11 at 14:39
It's not true, I tried it and Windows calls it's installation partition I:. I really do hate it. – maaartinus Feb 6 '11 at 14:38

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