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    Installing XP on SATA Drive with DVD drive and card readers

    Hi all

    Have new machine with 250 gig SATA HDD, DVD Drive and internal card readers (4 drives).
    Problem is that when I install XP Pro on HDD it is drive H:, the card readers are C:, D:, E: and F:, the DVD is G: and the HDD becomes H:.
    I've tried unplugging the card readers, renaming the DVD to D: which is fine then renaming the HDD to C: but this isn't allowed by XP. If I now plug the card readers in again the HDD returns to H: and the card readers are now C:, E:, F: and G:.

    Not had this situation before so need bit of help. What's to do chaps and chapesses please.

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    Re: Installing XP on SATA Drive with DVD drive and card readers

    Reinstall Windows with the card reader unplugged?

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    Re: Installing XP on SATA Drive with DVD drive and card readers

    Thats exactly what I do with those setups, I unplug the Card Readers and Zip Drives etc to stop them taking over C

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    Re: Installing XP on SATA Drive with DVD drive and card read

    Disable USB in the bios during windows installation and re-enable it afterwards.

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    Re: Installing XP on SATA Drive with DVD drive and card readers

    Thanks all.
    Done that but the DVD drive is still C: even with the card readers unplugged.

    Any clues?

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    Re: Installing XP on SATA Drive with DVD drive and card read

    Is the DVD SATA ?

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    Re: Installing XP on SATA Drive with DVD drive and card readers

    Have you switched the hard disk to 'compatibility' mode in the BIOS?... I do this to avoid annoying problems like this and any problems that bizzarre SATA controllers can cause.

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    Re: Installing XP on SATA Drive with DVD drive and card read

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterW
    Is the DVD SATA ?
    No, it's IDE.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    Have you switched the hard disk to 'compatibility' mode in the BIOS?... I do this to avoid annoying problems like this and any problems that bizzarre SATA controllers can cause.
    Not yet but I will when I look at it tomorrow.

    Thanks all for your suggesrions.

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