Drive letter issue Ghosting XP

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I have tried to migrate an XP installtion to a new disk from a failing one.
The problem is that the drive letter of the partition keeps resetting to D:
drive even though it was the L: drive. ( fourth primary partition on disk
2 ).

This results in code 0x80090006 Unable to acquire licence info and the
automatic forced loggin off of the system . If the partition resets to D: I
will have to reinstall all applications and rebuild the links on about 40 gb
of files an programs because everything but C: will have changed.

Any idea as to how to stop XP from rearranging drive letters or resolve the
error to log in and fix locally ???
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    If the O/S was on drive/partition L: to begin with (fourth primary partition
    on disk 2) then you will have to place it in the same relative position
    (fourth primary partition on disk 2) to have it boot. Place it on another
    drive/partition and you will have to perform a repair install.

    Windows XP is drive/position sensitive. This is why many of those in the
    know make certain that the O/S is installed in the first partition on the
    master drive which is connected to the primary IDE controller. If you want
    to install to any other existing drives or partitions you must choose the
    appropriate drive/partition and choose to format prior to install (for a
    clean install). Note that even then, some critical files will be placed on
    drive/partition C: - wherever it may be. If you later format or delete the
    original C: partition your operating system will become unbootable.

    The best way to install is by booting from the Windows XP CD. When you get
    to the screen where you chose where to install the O/S you are presented
    with a clear representation of what is already on your computer.

    If another drive/partition is already claiming C: as it's own, your options
    will be limited. You can install there anyway and hope for the best (not a
    good choice). You can format the partition (don't delete it first) and do a
    clean install - and lose all information in the process. You can delete the
    old partition, create a new one and then format it. The new partition likely
    WILL NOT be labeled C: (depending upon the present drive/partition geometry)

    Example: If drives/partitions C: through R: are already used, and you want
    to install on other free space, you will likely end up with drive/partition
    S:, or some other designation.

    Reading up on how a computer handles drive letters and partition letters
    (primary DOS partition - extended partition - logical partitions etc) on
    multiple drives will greatly help you to overcome these obstacles and
    limitations. The relationships and interactions can be intimidating.

    The help section and manual that come with Partition Magic is particularly
    helpful in this respect!

    I guess that this is why major manufacturers use just one partition on the
    computers they deliver to their customers. It is also why the recovery
    options shipped with many new computers will wipe the entire drive, even
    though you just want to work with partition C:. Otherwise support would be a
    nightmare!

    It is the reason why so many people here advocate for the same method. It
    can be confusing and difficult to properly implement, unless you are
    starting from scratch - read as clean drives with no partitions at all.


    --
    Regards,

    Richard Urban

    aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


    "Ian Marsh" <ianmarshREMOVECAPSANDNOSPAM@nospam.istop.com> wrote in message
    news:e9PlifDMFHA.3320@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >I have tried to migrate an XP installtion to a new disk from a failing one.
    > The problem is that the drive letter of the partition keeps resetting to
    > D:
    > drive even though it was the L: drive. ( fourth primary partition on disk
    > 2 ).
    >
    > This results in code 0x80090006 Unable to acquire licence info and the
    > automatic forced loggin off of the system . If the partition resets to D:
    > I
    > will have to reinstall all applications and rebuild the links on about 40
    > gb
    > of files an programs because everything but C: will have changed.
    >
    > Any idea as to how to stop XP from rearranging drive letters or resolve
    > the
    > error to log in and fix locally ???
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    I guess that's why I am confused. I did match position and type on the disk.
    (All four partitions)
    The machine had Windows 98 on C: with not enough room to install XP, so L:
    it was.
    I matched exact positions moving the four partitions over.

    Part of the problem I guess is that Ghost is no longer Ghost. ( I resent
    paying $150
    for a new version of a product only to find it's not the product but a
    substitute.)

    Older versions of ghost, you boot a diskette and copy partition to
    partition, without a
    glitch (because it is a byte for byte imagese). The new version is extremely
    tied to the
    existing operating system using .Net.and requires Windows XP be running. I
    don't know
    if this is Partition Magic ( I know Symantec bought it ) but whatever it is
    it's not straighforward.

    I will see what's in the manual for Ghost but I only have the softcopy
    .....and my first browsing
    found nothing ....

    64 Dollar - question which version of Partition Magic if not the Ghost
    version ???

    "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:OG5o$4GMFHA.3500@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    > If the O/S was on drive/partition L: to begin with (fourth primary
    partition
    > on disk 2) then you will have to place it in the same relative position
    > (fourth primary partition on disk 2) to have it boot. Place it on another
    > drive/partition and you will have to perform a repair install.
    >
    > Windows XP is drive/position sensitive. This is why many of those in the
    > know make certain that the O/S is installed in the first partition on the
    > master drive which is connected to the primary IDE controller. If you want
    > to install to any other existing drives or partitions you must choose the
    > appropriate drive/partition and choose to format prior to install (for a
    > clean install). Note that even then, some critical files will be placed on
    > drive/partition C: - wherever it may be. If you later format or delete the
    > original C: partition your operating system will become unbootable.
    >
    > The best way to install is by booting from the Windows XP CD. When you get
    > to the screen where you chose where to install the O/S you are presented
    > with a clear representation of what is already on your computer.
    >
    > If another drive/partition is already claiming C: as it's own, your
    options
    > will be limited. You can install there anyway and hope for the best (not a
    > good choice). You can format the partition (don't delete it first) and do
    a
    > clean install - and lose all information in the process. You can delete
    the
    > old partition, create a new one and then format it. The new partition
    likely
    > WILL NOT be labeled C: (depending upon the present drive/partition
    geometry)
    >
    > Example: If drives/partitions C: through R: are already used, and you want
    > to install on other free space, you will likely end up with
    drive/partition
    > S:, or some other designation.
    >
    > Reading up on how a computer handles drive letters and partition letters
    > (primary DOS partition - extended partition - logical partitions etc) on
    > multiple drives will greatly help you to overcome these obstacles and
    > limitations. The relationships and interactions can be intimidating.
    >
    > The help section and manual that come with Partition Magic is particularly
    > helpful in this respect!
    >
    > I guess that this is why major manufacturers use just one partition on the
    > computers they deliver to their customers. It is also why the recovery
    > options shipped with many new computers will wipe the entire drive, even
    > though you just want to work with partition C:. Otherwise support would be
    a
    > nightmare!
    >
    > It is the reason why so many people here advocate for the same method. It
    > can be confusing and difficult to properly implement, unless you are
    > starting from scratch - read as clean drives with no partitions at all.
    >
    >
    > --
    > Regards,
    >
    > Richard Urban
    >
    > aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)
    >
    > If you knew as much as you think you know,
    > You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
    >
    >
    > "Ian Marsh" <ianmarshREMOVECAPSANDNOSPAM@nospam.istop.com> wrote in
    message
    > news:e9PlifDMFHA.3320@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > >I have tried to migrate an XP installtion to a new disk from a failing
    one.
    > > The problem is that the drive letter of the partition keeps resetting to
    > > D:
    > > drive even though it was the L: drive. ( fourth primary partition on
    disk
    > > 2 ).
    > >
    > > This results in code 0x80090006 Unable to acquire licence info and the
    > > automatic forced loggin off of the system . If the partition resets to
    D:
    > > I
    > > will have to reinstall all applications and rebuild the links on about
    40
    > > gb
    > > of files an programs because everything but C: will have changed.
    > >
    > > Any idea as to how to stop XP from rearranging drive letters or resolve
    > > the
    > > error to log in and fix locally ???
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Partition Magic and Ghost are two entirely different products.

    The current version of Partition Magic is 8.01

    The current version of Ghost is 9.0.2.3981

    I use a combination of the two to do exactly what you want to do.

    --
    Regards,

    Richard Urban

    aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


    "Ian Marsh" <ianmarshREMOVECAPSANDNOSPAM@nospam.istop.com> wrote in message
    news:eu6dIvJMFHA.4028@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >I guess that's why I am confused. I did match position and type on the
    >disk.
    > (All four partitions)
    > The machine had Windows 98 on C: with not enough room to install XP, so L:
    > it was.
    > I matched exact positions moving the four partitions over.
    >
    > Part of the problem I guess is that Ghost is no longer Ghost. ( I resent
    > paying $150
    > for a new version of a product only to find it's not the product but a
    > substitute.)
    >
    > Older versions of ghost, you boot a diskette and copy partition to
    > partition, without a
    > glitch (because it is a byte for byte imagese). The new version is
    > extremely
    > tied to the
    > existing operating system using .Net.and requires Windows XP be running.
    > I
    > don't know
    > if this is Partition Magic ( I know Symantec bought it ) but whatever it
    > is
    > it's not straighforward.
    >
    > I will see what's in the manual for Ghost but I only have the softcopy
    > ....and my first browsing
    > found nothing ....
    >
    > 64 Dollar - question which version of Partition Magic if not the Ghost
    > version ???
    >
    > "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:OG5o$4GMFHA.3500@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >> If the O/S was on drive/partition L: to begin with (fourth primary
    > partition
    >> on disk 2) then you will have to place it in the same relative position
    >> (fourth primary partition on disk 2) to have it boot. Place it on another
    >> drive/partition and you will have to perform a repair install.
    >>
    >> Windows XP is drive/position sensitive. This is why many of those in the
    >> know make certain that the O/S is installed in the first partition on the
    >> master drive which is connected to the primary IDE controller. If you
    >> want
    >> to install to any other existing drives or partitions you must choose the
    >> appropriate drive/partition and choose to format prior to install (for a
    >> clean install). Note that even then, some critical files will be placed
    >> on
    >> drive/partition C: - wherever it may be. If you later format or delete
    >> the
    >> original C: partition your operating system will become unbootable.
    >>
    >> The best way to install is by booting from the Windows XP CD. When you
    >> get
    >> to the screen where you chose where to install the O/S you are presented
    >> with a clear representation of what is already on your computer.
    >>
    >> If another drive/partition is already claiming C: as it's own, your
    > options
    >> will be limited. You can install there anyway and hope for the best (not
    >> a
    >> good choice). You can format the partition (don't delete it first) and do
    > a
    >> clean install - and lose all information in the process. You can delete
    > the
    >> old partition, create a new one and then format it. The new partition
    > likely
    >> WILL NOT be labeled C: (depending upon the present drive/partition
    > geometry)
    >>
    >> Example: If drives/partitions C: through R: are already used, and you
    >> want
    >> to install on other free space, you will likely end up with
    > drive/partition
    >> S:, or some other designation.
    >>
    >> Reading up on how a computer handles drive letters and partition letters
    >> (primary DOS partition - extended partition - logical partitions etc) on
    >> multiple drives will greatly help you to overcome these obstacles and
    >> limitations. The relationships and interactions can be intimidating.
    >>
    >> The help section and manual that come with Partition Magic is
    >> particularly
    >> helpful in this respect!
    >>
    >> I guess that this is why major manufacturers use just one partition on
    >> the
    >> computers they deliver to their customers. It is also why the recovery
    >> options shipped with many new computers will wipe the entire drive, even
    >> though you just want to work with partition C:. Otherwise support would
    >> be
    > a
    >> nightmare!
    >>
    >> It is the reason why so many people here advocate for the same method. It
    >> can be confusing and difficult to properly implement, unless you are
    >> starting from scratch - read as clean drives with no partitions at all.
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Regards,
    >>
    >> Richard Urban
    >>
    >> aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)
    >>
    >> If you knew as much as you think you know,
    >> You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
    >>
    >>
    >> "Ian Marsh" <ianmarshREMOVECAPSANDNOSPAM@nospam.istop.com> wrote in
    > message
    >> news:e9PlifDMFHA.3320@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >> >I have tried to migrate an XP installtion to a new disk from a failing
    > one.
    >> > The problem is that the drive letter of the partition keeps resetting
    >> > to
    >> > D:
    >> > drive even though it was the L: drive. ( fourth primary partition on
    > disk
    >> > 2 ).
    >> >
    >> > This results in code 0x80090006 Unable to acquire licence info and the
    >> > automatic forced loggin off of the system . If the partition resets to
    > D:
    >> > I
    >> > will have to reinstall all applications and rebuild the links on about
    > 40
    >> > gb
    >> > of files an programs because everything but C: will have changed.
    >> >
    >> > Any idea as to how to stop XP from rearranging drive letters or resolve
    >> > the
    >> > error to log in and fix locally ???
    >> >
    >> >
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    You can change the drive letter from D to L in Disk Management or Partition
    Magic. Otherwise you could run DriveMapper in Partition Magic but the former
    choice is better.

    Brian


    "Ian Marsh" <ianmarshREMOVECAPSANDNOSPAM@nospam.istop.com> wrote in message
    news:e9PlifDMFHA.3320@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >I have tried to migrate an XP installtion to a new disk from a failing one.
    > The problem is that the drive letter of the partition keeps resetting to
    > D:
    > drive even though it was the L: drive. ( fourth primary partition on disk
    > 2 ).
    >
    > This results in code 0x80090006 Unable to acquire licence info and the
    > automatic forced loggin off of the system . If the partition resets to D:
    > I
    > will have to reinstall all applications and rebuild the links on about 40
    > gb
    > of files an programs because everything but C: will have changed.
    >
    > Any idea as to how to stop XP from rearranging drive letters or resolve
    > the
    > error to log in and fix locally ???
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Richard, Norton Partition Magic is now 8.05.

    Brian


    "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:uxGm0KLMFHA.2464@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Partition Magic and Ghost are two entirely different products.
    >
    > The current version of Partition Magic is 8.01
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Only if you buy new apparently!

    They will not update 8.01 to version 8.05. Cheap f***s. I have had every
    version of Partition Magic since version 2 became available. I am not going
    to pay again for an "incremental" upgrade.

    --
    Regards,

    Richard Urban

    aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


    "Brian K" <iibntgyea4 REMOVE_THIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:erGG3ZLMFHA.3336@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Richard, Norton Partition Magic is now 8.05.
    >
    > Brian
    >
    >
    > "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:uxGm0KLMFHA.2464@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >> Partition Magic and Ghost are two entirely different products.
    >>
    >> The current version of Partition Magic is 8.01
    >>
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    I guess I will have to "shell out". Thanks for your advice and insight.


    "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:us1HLgLMFHA.2604@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Only if you buy new apparently!
    >
    > They will not update 8.01 to version 8.05. Cheap f***s. I have had every
    > version of Partition Magic since version 2 became available. I am not
    going
    > to pay again for an "incremental" upgrade.
    >
    > --
    > Regards,
    >
    > Richard Urban
    >
    > aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)
    >
    > If you knew as much as you think you know,
    > You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
    >
    >
    > "Brian K" <iibntgyea4 REMOVE_THIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:erGG3ZLMFHA.3336@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > > Richard, Norton Partition Magic is now 8.05.
    > >
    > > Brian
    > >
    > >
    > > "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > > news:uxGm0KLMFHA.2464@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > >> Partition Magic and Ghost are two entirely different products.
    > >>
    > >> The current version of Partition Magic is 8.01
    > >>
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    I can't see any changes in 8.05 compared with 8. Incremental as you say.

    Brian


    "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:us1HLgLMFHA.2604@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Only if you buy new apparently!
    >
    > They will not update 8.01 to version 8.05. Cheap f***s. I have had every
    > version of Partition Magic since version 2 became available. I am not
    > going to pay again for an "incremental" upgrade.
    >
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Thanks for that!

    --
    Regards,

    Richard Urban

    aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


    "Brian K" <iibntgyea4 REMOVE_THIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:%23X4cmwLMFHA.3076@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >I can't see any changes in 8.05 compared with 8. Incremental as you say.
    >
    > Brian
    >
    >
    > "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:us1HLgLMFHA.2604@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >> Only if you buy new apparently!
    >>
    >> They will not update 8.01 to version 8.05. Cheap f***s. I have had every
    >> version of Partition Magic since version 2 became available. I am not
    >> going to pay again for an "incremental" upgrade.
    >>
    >
    >
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