Has anyone else ever seen this happen? My machine has 2 hard drives with several partitions(c,e,f,g,h,i, and d for the cd rom). I booted from the winxp cd, and when it got to the point where it asked which partition I wanted to install Windows on, I noticed the drive letters on some partitions had changed. The partitions were still intact, so I just went ahead and deleted and recreated my C partition and continued with installation. All went through fine.
Once I got back into Windows, I went into disk management to format the e partition. To my surprise, I saw my c drive listed as a boot partition and the e drive listed as a system partition. The e drive had no system files on it. All I had on e was my games no system files, not even hidden. Needless to say, because it was labeled a system partition, I couldn't format the e drive.
So I reboot and boot off the windows cd so I can get rid of the e partition that way. When I get back to the screen where I can modify partitions setup shuffled the drive letters again. This time it made drive f the c drive. Drive f was just a storage partition for mp3's and stuff. no system files there. Because it was now drive c I could not boot into windows at all. I had to do another reinstall.
I didn't want to wipe out my storage drive, I ended up rebooting and restarting winxp setup 3 times. Each time it shuffled the drive letters, until finally it did not designate anything as drive c. I created a c partition, installed windows, all is good now.
I have never seen this happen before. I have reinstalled windows on multiple partition systems many times. Setup has always left the drive letters alone. Anyone else ever experience this?