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    External drive letter changed

    Hi all. I have an external drive that I use to store all my music files on. It has always been drive J:. A couple of days ago, it changed to K: and there is nothing else that is J:. So of course, none of my playlists now work.

    Does anyone know why the computer would have changed the drive letter?

    How can I change it back?

    Thanks all;
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    Quote Originally Posted by artied2 View Post

    Does anyone know why the computer would have changed the drive letter?
    Artie,
    Hello... For a PC to on it's own to reassign a drive letter ...there had to be some kind of "Hic-cup". Either in the HD itself or maybe the power supply ... suggest that you check both...(Free programs) Regards Fred

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    Thanks ruirib and Fred. The tutorial fixed the problem. That was fairly painless.

    And thanks Fred for those links. I've downloaded both and will give them a try. However, I think I might know what happened. We recently bought a nice HP 4-in-1 printer/fax/scanner/copier. We've only ever used the printer function. At about the same time when this happened, we used the scanner function for the 1st time. I'm thinking that the scanner "took" the "J" drive letter, and isn't giving it back. Thats just a guess, but the timeline is about right.

    Anyway, all is good again. Thanks folks.

    Artie

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    Artie,

    If that All-in-one has a card reader it is most likely what sucked up your J drive letter.
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    Glad you solved it .

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    I have been using easeuse partition manager for quite sometimes now... its free and easy to use.
    Suggest that you use it to change your driver letter.

    In your case I guess somebody accidentally changed it. that is the only way I can think of.

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    Cool Sometimes Windows just forgets

    I've been using external USB drives for about 8-9 years now, first on an XP box and now with a new(er) Windows 7 system. Throughout that time I've noticed that Windows will occasionally (2-3 times a year) forget the static drive letter I've assigned to the external drive and revert to a dynamic drive letter assignment. I just open Computer Management, navigate to Disk Management, reassign the static drive letter, and move on. I've never been able to pin down a common denominator to when this happens, so I'm just blaming Windows . Seriously, though, I think it may have something to do with using sleep mode (Windows only seems to lose the drive letter assignment after being asleep, but never after a cold boot), but I'd be hard-pressed to prove it, as I usually don't notice the problem until some time has passed since I woke up the computer.
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    I find that whenever I attach any new USB device, all the drive letters get rearranged unless the specific devices had been assigned permanent drive letters in the Windows Drives Manager. Windows can get pretty wonky about assigning drive letters if you don't instruct the Drives Manager ahead of swapping USB devices. E-SATA may behave the same way.
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