Where is A:\ hidding & who invited B:\ to the party? RRS feed

  • Question

  • My system is dual boot (XP & Vista 32).  All fixes, patches etc. are current. My motherboard only has input/output for only one floppy drive.  The BIOS shows the fl;oppy as A:\.  Under XP, the floppy shows up and functions correctly as A:\.


    When I boot into Vista, the floppy also functions correctly, but Vista displays it as B:\!  A:\ does not show up as any drive, mapped or otherwise on my system. 


    My system is not on a network in the true sense of the word.  Just three computers, the internet, a printer sharer and a Network Attached Storage device.


    Anyone ever run into this before?  Fix? Work around?  Hacking the registry is an option.





    Monday, January 28, 2008 5:35 PM


  • Hello Barry,


    Thank you for posting!


    You may try the following steps for changing drive letters:


    1.    On Windows Vista-based computer, click Start icon and click Run

    2.    Type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter. Click Continue if receiving the UAC prompt.

    3.    Right-click the floppy drive listed in the Volume column and select Change Drive Letter or Path

    4.    Click Change

    5.    Assign the following drive letter: A

    6.    Click OK and check the issue again.


    Hope it helps, Barry. If the problem persists, please let me know. Thanks!



    Lionel Chen

    Microsoft Online Community Support

    Wednesday, January 30, 2008 10:44 AM