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Computer is running on the wrong drive

My computer is running on the H: not the C: drive. The C is the primary drive. How can I get it to run on the C again. I have already tried the F10 function at start up.

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  • Bodiddly Oct 07, 2008

    It is not working off C, can fomat to C

  • Bodiddly Oct 19, 2008

    Windows XP, and what are partions?

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Is it wrking ok off c just shoing h as main then its ok if drive letters are mese dup form formatting it wrong k

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    nick helpap Oct 07, 2008

    what letter os on how many partions u hav eon this hard dirve

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