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Hey Folks! I dual-boot Windows XP with Ubuntu. Always have. (All Flavors. Currently Feisty Fawn.) I have always Installed Windows first. Then Linux. And as you know, Grub is then ...
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    Windows is now drive F: instead of Drive C:


    Hey Folks!
    I dual-boot Windows XP with Ubuntu. Always have. (All Flavors. Currently Feisty Fawn.)
    I have always Installed Windows first. Then Linux. And as you know, Grub is then automatically installed to the MBR and you get your boot options.,Windows or Ubuntu.
    SO..In the past, Windows always identified itself as C: but now is showing as F:
    Windows is on my 120Gig IDE master. Ubuntu is on my 20Gig IDE slave.

    The problem that I'm having is that when trying to install hardware like an HP printer, I'm getting errors that tell me that the installation files are looking for, but not finding C:. So the installation can never complete.
    The last time that I reformatted my 120gig Windows drive, I chose to keep Ubuntu on my 20gig slave, so naturally Windows rewrote the MBR.
    This time, I used 'Suber Grub Disk' to reinstall Grub to MBR. I'm thinking that this might be the problem. (Why has C: now become F)
    Any ideas?
    Thanks!

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    Have you used any Windows FileSystems on your Linux partitions?
    Since that can make this problem..
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobinVossen View Post
    Have you used any Windows FileSystems on your Linux partitions?
    Since that can make this problem..
    Hello!
    I DO access files ocassionally from linux if thats what you mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randell6564 View Post
    Hello!
    Hello to you to sir.

    but, well in what file system is Linux Formatted?
    New Users, please read this..
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    Post the output of fdisk -l command here.
    It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devils_casper View Post
    Post the output of fdisk -l command here.
    Will do, devils_casper! Sorry for the delay. Just got home from work. Need to boot to Linux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devils_casper View Post
    Post the output of fdisk -l command here.
    Here you go my friend:
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    sudo fdisk -l


    Disk /dev/hda: 122.9 GB, 122942324736 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14946 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hda1 * 1 14945 120045681 7 HPFS/NTFS

    Disk /dev/hdb: 20.4 GB, 20416757760 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2482 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hdb1 * 1 2373 19061091 83 Linux
    /dev/hdb2 2374 2482 875542+ 5 Extended
    /dev/hdb5 2374 2482 875511 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Thanks!

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    Everything looks ok here. Boot up Windows OS and open Disk Management Tool ( type diskmgmt.msc in RUN dialog box ). Check if it lists any other partition and assigned drive letters to those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devils_casper View Post
    Everything looks ok here. Boot up Windows OS and open Disk Management Tool ( type diskmgmt.msc in RUN dialog box ). Check if it lists any other partition and assigned drive letters to those.
    Here is a shot of my diskmgmt.msc.
    Everything seems to be normal. I'm beginning to wonder if Windows arbitrarily chose a drive letter during my last reinstallation, and I just did not catch it.
    I did not even think to watch for this because I just assumed that it would always be named C:
    I only use one CDROM, and two IDE hard drives, so why it would end up being F: is ridiculous! I did not manually create ANY partitions on either drives. This is silly!
    I could live with things being this way, and just direct any future hardware/software installations to F:, but my new HP printers software install program does not give me the option of where to install!
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    I beleive you can just right click on the drive and ask it to change drive letter. That or you could have a fidget with the registry.
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