you use the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 CD to start your computer in order to
install Windows Server 2003, the drive letter that represents the system drive
may be different from the one that you expect. For example, Windows Server 2003
may be installed on drive F instead of on drive C.
This article describes
how to set the drive letter for the system drive when you install Windows
To ensure that the Windows Server 2003 system drive is
represented by the drive letter of your choice, use one of the following
- Method 1: If you want to install Windows Server 2003 on
drive C, and you do not have any valuable data on other drives, delete all
drives other than the one where you want to install Windows. You can delete the
drives during the installation process.
- Method 2: Install Windows Server 2003 twice. To do so,
follow these steps:
- Install Windows Server 2003 to a partition other than
the one that you want to use for the final installation.
- Click Start, right-click My
Computer, and then click Manage.
- Click Disk Management, right-click the
drive that you want to assign a different letter to, and then click
Change Drive Letter and Paths.
- Click Change, and then in the
Assign the following drive letter list, click the drive letter
that you want. Click OK two times.
- Run the installer to install Windows on the appropriate
partition. When you run the Winnt32.exe installer, all existing drive letters
For additional information about modifying
the system or the boot drive letter, click the following article number to view
the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
HOW TO: Restore the System/Boot Drive Letter in Windows
Article ID: 830577 - Last Review: October 30, 2006 - Revision: 1.2
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
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