Phantom CD Drive after reassigning Recovery Partition drive letter

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Jay Somerset, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. Jay Somerset

    Jay Somerset Guest

    Another annoying Vista mystery.
    I just got a new HP Vista desktop -- I already have an HP Vista

    On both, HP provided a Recovery-Image partition which showed up as
    Drive D:. I usually like to reserve D: for a partition in which I put
    all my data, separate from the OS and installed programs. So on both
    systems, I used Vista's built-in Disk Mangement utility to reassign
    the drive letter from D: to Z:. This worked fine on the laptop, but
    on the desktop system, I was also left with D: but it now identified
    itself as a CD Drive (I only have a single DVD drive, which shows up
    as E:).

    I can't find any way to remove this phantom CD drive and free up the
    drive letter D:. I talked to HP tech support, and was informed that
    reassigning the Recovery partition to a different letter was the cause
    of the problem, and that the ONLY way out of this is to do a recovery
    (yes, I did create recovery disks) which wipes the entire 500GB disk
    drive, and would force me to reinstall all my apps and restore all my
    data. I don't want to do this unless it's absolutely necessary.

    If I am to believe HP, there is no way that I can assign D: to any
    partition other than the original one set up to hold the recovery
    image. But I don't really believe that this is anything other than an
    implementation error on HP's part, and am hoping that someone in this
    NG can see a way around this problem and help me out.

    So, if anyone has any ideas on how to get rid of my phantom CD drive
    and free up the drive letter D: that is attached to it, I would be
    most grateful.
    TIA, Jay.
    Jay Somerset, Dec 21, 2007
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  2. Jay Somerset

    AJR Guest

    HP provides an utility with the laptop that will copy the recovery partition
    to removeable media (CD/DVD) and remove the partition and it's drive

    When the recovery partition was created the MBR was modified to display the
    "Hit F10 to..." at boot.

    Changing the drive letter or deleting the partition "normally" does not
    remove the modidifed MBR.
    Do not understand why HP rep did not inform you correctly.

    Also Vista uses Win PE for boot and repair - it is not advisable to use "X"
    or "Z" - PE usually reserves "X".
    AJR, Dec 21, 2007
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