Help to remove the letter for a non-windows partition.

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steve
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I have a Vaio laptop that has 10GB of its 160GB drive as an 'EISA' partition containing the recovery files. There is also an NTFS partition as a data drive, and the remaining space is the C: drive containing Vista Business + SP1. Somehow I gave the recovery partition the letter Z.

Now I have a NAS set up, I want to access its Public drive which is designated as Z on the rest of the network from the Vaio. The probelm is that cannot change the existingZ drive to something else. In 'Computer' (the Vista equivalent of Windows Explorer and 'My Computer'), I cannot find a way of renaming or changing the letter. I can see the partition in Computer Management as 'Healthy (EISA Configuration), but it does not have a letter assigned to it.

Could anybody here help with a way to remove the drive letter without risking the recovery data it holds.

Thanks

Steve

harlequin
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my computer
right click
manage
storage
disk management
right click on drive and ''change drive letter and path''

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davemitch
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Some HP and Compaq (same firm really) PCs have a utility to burn a set of recovery discs to CD/DVD from the Recovery Partition. If the Vaio has the same thing, you could burn a recovery set and not need to worry about protecting it on the laptop drive too much.

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steve
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Gary,

Thanks for the suggestion, but in disk management, this drive is shown as an 'EISA' drive, whatever that is, and right-clicking on it only offers a link to Help. There are no clues in help, and none of the applications menus offer anything like it.
My concern is that Disk Management doesn't show a drive letter against this partition, but 'Computer', (Vista's equivalent to 'My Computer') does. There is no Windows Explorer in Vista.

Davemitch,

I have already created a set of recovery discs, but would prefer to keep the HDD images as re-installing from DVDs is painfully slow.
A full re-install would be another option, as the problem is definately in Vista.
Thanks for the suggestion.

Does anybody know if there is a registry edit for drive letter allocation?

Steve

Willow
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This is a nice article, it may offer some useful advice.

http://www.intelligentshare.com/2008/01/delete-and-remove-eisa-configuration-on.html

Then reload from DVDs?

A M$ take
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/242168

steve
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Willow,

Thanks for the link, but it looks like all the solutions involve either losing the partition and/or re-installing windows. Not that that's a bad idea every so often, its just a pain removing all the trial app. clutter that Sony insist in building in to a recovered instasllation.

Steve

Willow
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Easy solution then?

Delete Partition, Create another (for image)

Remove all clutter then create recovery image.