Question: I am running Win 98 as the OS. I have two hard drives and two CDs. The drive letter assignments are hard drive one = C, hard drive two = D, CD one = E, and CD two = F. I would like to assign the CDs back to D and E and have the second hard drive as F.
Is this possible? (I have read about Assigning a Different Drive Letter to the CD ROM Drive).
Answer: The simple answer to your question is "No, you can't do that" but please keep reading as hopefully the following will help you to solve your problem.
I will first explain why it's not possible to get the drive letter assignments you want. The drive letters are assigned in a particular order whenever you start up your computer. This order is as follows:
Unfortunately for you the drive letter assignments to floppy drives and hard drives on your local computer cannot be changed. You can only change the drive letters for other devices and networked drives and then only to drive letters not used by the floppy and hard drives. If you attempt to reserve a drive letter that has already been used for something else then the next available drive letter would be assigned instead.
With two hard drives you can assign your CD ROM drives to any drive letters that you like except for A, B, C, and D. You can reassign your second CD to E provided you first assign the first one to a higher letter.
If your problem is that you have recently installed the second hard drive and now all of the CD ROM references on your computer point to the wrong place then you either need to manually edit all of the references to the CD drives on your computer or obtain a utility program (such as Partition Magic that can do it for you). You can avoid having the same problem in the future by leaving a gap between the drive letters allocated to your hard drives and those allocated to your CD ROM drives.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.