Windows 10: Win 10 mixes up hard drives and reassigns drive letters

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  1. Posts : 6
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       05 Jun 2017 #1

    Win 10 mixes up hard drives and reassigns drive letters


    Got a problem using shared data disks with windows 10.

    Win10 insists on reassigning drive letters for my hard drives, I started off with :
    a 1 Tb drive as C:
    a 2Tb drive split into 2 volumes drives D: and E:,
    a further 1Tb drive as drive F:,
    a DVD drive as drive G:
    a virtual drive as drive H:
    and a back-up USB 2Tb drive as drive X.

    now Win10 mixes them up E: becomes F: and F: becomes D:, D: becomes E: X: becomes either H: or I:

    Because I am not a great fan of 10 I play with it but go back to 8.1 for normal daily use, the drive letters thankfully revert back to their originals but I get errors telling me my recycle bin is corrupt.

    Any Ideas why this is happening?
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  2. Fafhrd's Avatar
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       05 Jun 2017 #2

    Yes. Drive letters are virtual assignments for drive volumes, stored within each Windows registry, and follow a convention that the Windows boot drive (the one with \windows on it) is usually drive C:
    Since there are no duplicates for drive letters possible within a Windows system, there are different assignments for Different Windows systems coexisting on the same hardware.
    I don't necessarily follow convention. My windows 10 that I am writing this from is on drive J:

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       06 Jun 2017 #3

    But if the windows boot drive C: becomes windows 10 and no other OS is installed on the system, no duplication of letters, why should it change the existing assigned drive letters for the data disks?

    This causes other devices on the network to not find files on the machine because they are looking on the wrong disks, files on the old drive D: are now on drive E: but the programs are still looking for the data files on drive D: which is now the old drive F:
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  4. Fafhrd's Avatar
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       07 Jun 2017 #4

    Your initial post says
    Because I am not a great fan of 10 I play with it but go back to 8.1 for normal daily use
    Your assignments for drive letters are different in the Windows 10 registry from those drive letters assigned in the Windows 8.1 registry.
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  5.    07 Jun 2017 #5

    Sorry but I'm not sure the whole picture is being presented by the OP here. When you first install Windows it'll assign drive letters to the drives it sees. If you don't like the drive letters you can always change or re-assign them through Disk Management.

    What I suspect is happening is the OP "may" be switching between drives in the BIOS to switch between OS's. Something I've done frequently. If that's the case, just do as I said above... when in Windows 10, go to Disk Management and reassign the drive letters and Windows will remember them. That even, if you're dual booting, the same "fix" should apply.

    Nigels said: View Post
    Because I am not a great fan of 10 I play with it but go back to 8.1 for normal daily use, the drive letters thankfully revert back to their originals...

    Fafhrd said: View Post
    Your assignments for drive letters are different in the Windows 10 registry from those drive letters assigned in the Windows 8.1 registry.
    And fafhrd is correct, the assignments are separate from each other, thus my suggestion.

    Not sure what's causing the recycle bin error though.
    Nigels said: View Post
    but I get errors telling me my recycle bin is corrupt.
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  6. Posts : 19,865
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       07 Jun 2017 #6

    When assigning a drive use letters near the end of the alphabet and then you will eliminate the confusion. This way when you attach a flash drive or external hard drive or optical drive or multiple flash drives windows will assign the letters alphabetically and no longer create a situation where it could conflict with the lettering of the internal drive. The second or third internal drives will each have assigned letters that are far away from the letter C. This will then allow you to attach and detach drives and no longer have any conflicts or lettering problems.
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  7.    07 Jun 2017 #7

    Please re-read the OP's posts.

    And the confusion would be self created if you didn't know what drives you had installed in your system. In this case the OP not only knows which drives they have, but how they wish them letter assigned.
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  8. Posts : 6
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       08 Jun 2017 #8

    I have 2 drives with OSs, 1 drive has 8.1 installed as a system disk and the other drive has 10 installed as the system drive.
    Only one of those drives are in the machine at any time. Both were installed with the data disks in-situ.

    When 10 was installed, each of the data drives were assigned in the original order, only after reboot did it decide to rearrange them.

    I have used disk management to put them back to the original order but as soon as I reboot it rearranges them again.

    For USB and DVD drives it is not a serious issue, but for the data and backup drives it is.
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  9. Fafhrd's Avatar
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       08 Jun 2017 #9

    The BIOS is not putting the swapped-in Windows 10 disk in the same order and position as the swapped-out Windows 8 was.

    Changing the order in the BIOS may lead to further problems.

    It would be possible to change the disk assignments using Disk Manager:

    Firstly from the +X menu under Windows 8.1, type k to select Disk Management, and maximise the window, so that you can see all drives and details, and the layout of the disks and partitions:

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    Make a screenshot (+PrtScr), so you could post it here if you like, but make a copy for your reference (either print or view on another device) when you swapout to Windows 10.

    Under Windows 10, open Disk manager in the same way, and compare the layout and drive assignments to those shown in Windows 8.1.

    Then you need to change the assignments to be the same as in Windows 8.

    Obviously, you will need first to remove the assignments for all the drives, then replace them with the required drive letters.

    On all drives except C:, right-click on the Volume name in the first column of the upper pane, and select Change Drive Letters and paths... and click Remove for all the other drives that need to change assignments.

    Repeat the Change Drive Letters and paths... process, this time assigning the drive letters as under Windows 8.1.

    After restarting and checking that the assignments work for Windows 10 and the drives work as expected, try swapping out to Windows 8 and back to Windows 10, and all should now work the same. Keep us posted.
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  10. Posts : 6
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       08 Jun 2017 #10

    As I stated in my previous post, I have changed the drive letters using disk manager but when I reboot it ignored the changes and mixes them up again.
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