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I have an old Gateway PC that I rebuilt. I had to wipe my HD. Now when I install my Windows XP Home OS It doesn't Format it right. Usually It is formated in Local Disk (C:). Now my PC is calling Local Disk (C:); Removable Disk (C:) as a Generic USB CF Reader USB Device. It now writes a new raw volume and formats it as Local Disk (I:) and does not recognize the formating or the file system. I tell it to format it on an NTFS system. Can you tell me how I can fix the problem and get it back to Local Disk (C:)??

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Use manage, by right click on my computer, then disk managment

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