windows 8 and command line show different drive letters
I have a new system with a 120Gb SSD drive (Boot Drive) and a 750Gb HDD Drive for Data. Evidently I had some trial software errors that caused a no boot condition. (Originally I thought it was a bad SSD drive, but now do not think so) Anyway, I tried a
system refresh, but still had some program errors. I then tried to use an image I had created when the computer was brand new (2 weeks ago) from Acronis Trueimage... again errors with some apps.
So... I did a complete system reset. Here is what I found...
When viewing the computer through windows 8 file explorer, it shows the drives correctly. C: as the 120Gb SSD boot drive (Where Windows is installed) then D: which is my HDD, an empty 750Gb Data drive.
Here is where it gets odd... when I restart computer into command Line... the drives are switched!!
If I go to C: and run the command:
it shows me an empty drive, no files or folders and size is my 750Gb HDD
If I change to D: and run the same commands ... I see my 120Gb SSD drive where windows is installed!
I was going to move my Users Directory onto the D: Drive (My data HDD) as I have done with other systems, but first I want the correct drive letters. I attempted to do this on my prior reset. Which messed things up worse! - I was wondering... first has
anyone else seen anything like this? Then... could I use this info to change the drive letters, and how will it effect Windows 8, since Windows shows the Drives as C: and D:?
Any assistance is appreciated!
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I found an answer! At least a partial one anyway. I assumed when you went to command prompt via windows when the only account was an admin would be safe. Nope! You need to enter the command line as "Elevated" (i.e. an admin) - if you hit Windows Key +
W you will see a list of options on lower left, you have Command Line, AND Command Line (As Admin)
Once I logged in with the As Admin version and ran the same commands... drives showed up properly.
Don't know... but I was able to do what I needed. Hope this helps someone in the future!
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