Drive name oddity
Question : Every six months or so, I do a clean sweep, total
erase, and reinstall of my system. One time l had reinstalled most of my
programs, but some were conflicting. I could not figure out what was wrong
with my installation. I looked at some Web sites for help. They told me the
problem could be with the names of my primary drive. My primary drive was
lettered G:. I thought that was strange, but l could see the C: drive. What
was it? It was an SD (flash memory) card reader-writer! I had left it
plugged in during my reinstall. Microsoft Windows assigned it the C: drive letter. I've never left
it plugged in again.
This is more common than Ken might realize. Many
systems today ship with flash memory card readers.
For whatever reason, the BIOS or Windows Setup
always sees such a reader as an available drive,
even if no memory card is inserted. Should you try
to install Windows on a new, unpartitioned hard
drive, the memory cards will consume the first set
of drive letters.