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
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
Jay (remove dashes for legal email address)