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I recently installed Windows XP Pro SP3 on an old PC. Everything seemed fine except for the fact that the 1 TB hard drive that I installed it to is called "H:" instead of "C:," like it usually is on Windows systems. The letter "C:" is instead assigned to a "Removable Disk Drive" (I believe one of the card readers that came with the desktop). Will re-installing XP with the card readers disconnected end up naming the HDD to "C:"? Also, will keeping "H:" as the main hard drive name present any possible problems with installing software (in other words, if I can fix it, is it really worth doing so)? Thanks.

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  • Change the drive letter of the removable drive, then change the drive letter of the system drive, both can be done by drive management – Ramhound Jul 2 '17 at 3:25
  • "if I can fix it, is it really worth it?" - No; Your system works, the drive letter assigned to the system drive, doesn't change the functionality of anything – Ramhound Jul 2 '17 at 3:26
  • You won't be having any specific problems generally speaking when installing software. Drive letter H isn't a problem by itself. You can go ahead and use your current windows installation without any problems. So, it does not worth the effort to change that drive letter to "C:". – acman123 Jul 2 '17 at 3:27
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Reinstalling may not fix the issue.

If the programs you use are written by competent programmers (which is mostly the case) drive letter of OS drive should not be a problem.

Here's a link that might you in renaming drive letter- https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000038.htm

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  • I thought XP wouldn't let you change the name of the drive that Windows is installed to otherwise it will fail to boot. At least that's what I read when I initially looked this problem up. – Pete Jul 2 '17 at 14:29
  • I'd suggest you to move on with your current installation, given that xp ain't no longer secure/supported and that most programs that run on xp are mature. You shouldn't run into any applications related issue anytime soon. – RinkyPinku Jul 3 '17 at 13:08
  • Yeah, I'm just gonna leave it as drive H:. It won't let me change the boot/system volume. Thanks, though! – Pete Jul 3 '17 at 14:53
  • I just reinstalled XP with the card readers unplugged. My drive is now recognized as C:! – Pete Aug 25 '17 at 14:26

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