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How To Get Win7 To Recognize Hard Drive Different From C: Drive ?


How do i get windows 7 to recognize a hard drive different from the "c" drive to be the default drive for program installations? I'd like to keep the o/s on the "c" drive, but would like to install my program. I'd like to set a default drive different than the "c" drive, how do i do it? The o/s will remain on the "c" drive, however.

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Posted On: 2010-06-06 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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As you can see, windows recognize "disk 2" yet won't assign it a drive letter. When i click on "change drive letter and path" i get an error message:

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Posted On: 2010-04-24 . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-10-10 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-10-28 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-03-07 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-01-02 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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