Removable Disk D, E, F, G, DVD Drive (H)and DVD-RW Drive (I)


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Removable Disk D, E, F, G, DVD Drive (H)and DVD-RW Drive (I)

  • I just bought a Dell Dim E510 with 16X DVD-ROM and 16X DVD+/-RW.  I also wanted the 13 in 1 media card reader and the Floppy disk drive.  I was disappointed that the Floppy was an external unit because I thought it was going to be built in, however they built in the media card reader.
    My question here is and I hope it's not a really stupid one, when I open "My Computer", it lists Local disk (C); but then it lists under Devices with Removable Storage: 3 1/2 Floppy (A); then Removable Disk (D), (E), (F), and (G), DVD Drive (H)and DVD-RW Drive (I) .  This is my first experience with Windows XP so I'm not at all sure what I'm looking at.  I actually have an external drive that I would like to install but I don't know what will happen with all those Drive letters.
    My old computer had Win 98 and when I added a second hard drive with partitions and a CD Burner, I had several Drives listed but I knew that each letter either represented a hard drive or a partition. With this new computer, I'm not sure what Drives D, E, F and G are referring to.  I'm assuming C isn't partitioned into smaller drives because the D - G are listed under Devices with Removable Storage. It just seems very confusing.
    Again, I'm hoping this isn't a really stupid question. 
    The other problem I have is I'm not at all sure what I can do with the 16X DVD-ROM and 16X DVD+/-RW drives.  Are there any instructions or articles around that could help me learn about them?
    Thanks in advance for your help.
  • Looks like you must have a card reader. You can change the drive letters if you like.
    The dual drives come in handy for doing disc-to-disc copies. Most of the time, you'll use your ROM drive, and only once in a while will you be burning discs in the DVD±RW.
  • Are you saying Drives D,E,F and G are the card reader?
  • Yes, D, E, F, and G are the card readers; and H and I are the CD drives.
    If you add a removable hard drive it will likely be J.

    My system has the card reader also and matches you letters, except, my
    hard drive has three partitions, C, J, and K.
  • I have seen yor name on a lot of reply post I am new to the forum and so far it's better than the dell tech support. I have the same setup on an e310 I made dvd rom d and dvdrw e dvd's on ide primary both drives jumpers set to master there is a loose orange wire parallel to data cable. card reader on ide secondary is this normal? I had to reinstall xp after ghost 2003 wouldn't see usb keyboard.I'd rather have a floppy is the success rate pretty good on repairing mbr? unknown partition fat 32 healthy fat partitions deleted.sorry for the verbosity mike
  • Mike:

    Sorry, you've completely stumped me. What is your question?