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May 21, 2014 9:06:11 PM

Hello. I have Win 7 ultimate 64 bit and win 8.1 pro 32bit configured for dual boot.

I have 1 120GB SSD Single Partition, and 1 2TB HDD w/ Two Partitions
Win 7 is on SSD and Win 8.1 is on HDD 20GB Partition.

When i Boot on Windows 7, I have Drives C (OS), D (Data), and E(OS).
But when i Boot on Windows 8.1, i have Drive C(OS), D(Data) and F(OS).

note that on Win 8.1, the other OS jumps to F instead of E. is this Normal?

But what I what is to have on C (OS 1), D(OS 2), and E(Data) for it to look neat for both win 8 and win 7.

please help.

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a b * Windows 8
a b $ Windows 7
May 22, 2014 8:32:13 PM

You have to reasign drive letters from the Disk Management (Right click on Computer / Manage / Disk Management)...

1. Loggged on to Windows 7: Start by removing the drive letter from D (data drive)... right click on D, click on Change Drive letter and paths.... click on Remove and press OK.
2. Remove drive letters from the rest of the drives.
3. Right click on the Window 8 drive > click Change drive letter and path...> next click Change > select letter D > click OK
4. Do as on 3 with the Data drive to assign it letter E.
5. Do the same on the optical drive to assign it letter F

6. Logged on to Windows 8.1: Repeat the exact same steps as logged on to Windows 7, reassigning letter D to the Windows 7 drive, letter E to the data drive, and F to the optical drive.

BTW: Reassigning the drive letter to a OS from another OS (to win 8 from 7 or viceversa) does not affect how it behaves, both Windows 7 and 8 will still have Drive letter C from within each OS, so ignore the usual warnings from the disk manager that pop-up when reassigning a drive letter to another OS drive.
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May 23, 2014 12:11:56 AM

Chicano said:
You have to reasign drive letters from the Disk Management (Right click on Computer / Manage / Disk Management)...

1. Loggged on to Windows 7: Start by removing the drive letter from D (data drive)... right click on D, click on Change Drive letter and paths.... click on Remove and press OK.
2. Remove drive letters from the rest of the drives.
3. Right click on the Window 8 drive > click Change drive letter and path...> next click Change > select letter D > click OK
4. Do as on 3 with the Data drive to assign it letter E.
5. Do the same on the optical drive to assign it letter F

6. Logged on to Windows 8.1: Repeat the exact same steps as logged on to Windows 7, reassigning letter D to the Windows 7 drive, letter E to the data drive, and F to the optical drive.

BTW: Reassigning the drive letter to a OS from another OS (to win 8 from 7 or viceversa) does not affect how it behaves, both Windows 7 and 8 will still have Drive letter C from within each OS, so ignore the usual warnings from the disk manager that pop-up when reassigning a drive letter to another OS drive.


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