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    Assigning a letter to a flash drive

    I had asked about this once before I believe, and I found the same instructions on the net:

    Right-click My Computer My Computer, the Manage, then Disk Management, and from there assign the letter to the flash drive.

    But, whe I did that, if the letter is available all is well; but, if the letter is already in use, then it doesn't "switch things around." Although that makes a certain amount of sense, that defeats the setting the drive letter.

    Isn't there a way to set a drive letter from a flash drive "in stone" so that any references on the flash drive will work?

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    Not stone as far as I know but heavy water perhaps by assigning a deeper letter to the flash drive and having a gap up to the next available letter. For instance I set my little MP3 player flash drive to X and it stays X because there is no other drive temporarily plugged in that needs to go as deep as X.

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    I believe if the flash is left plugged in then the letter you assign would always remain. If you pull it out and plug something else in, the first available letter will be assigned to the new device. This may very well be the letter of the device you removed. As F.U.N. says, assign a high drive letter could solve your problem. I guess the system recognizes the device and assigns the same drive letter if available.
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    Chuck,

    Here's a free utility that I use USBDLM. HTH
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    USBDLM also has a 64-bit version, if that's of any relevance to you!
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    Note: UDBDLM is freeware for private and educational use. For any business use including non-profits there is a license fee. See the bottom of the linked page.

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    Ted / RG / Batcher / Joe;

    First, thanks -- I think! I d/l the 64-bit version, and installed the service. Then I read through the help file and gave myself hives!

    There seems little doubt that USBDLM can do what I need, but it looks as if it can also screw up a lot of things I already have at the same time.

    Right at the moment, between partitions, external [USB-attached] drives, and mapped letters, I only have H,J,L,W,X,Y. And Z left [who was the dim bulb that said nobody would ever need more than 26 letters -- oh yeah, Bill Gates!].

    When I read through the help file, it was unclear to my untrained self how or where I would set up the letters already taken -- I sort of see it in the "untouched" section? -- And then, how I would reserve a specific letter for a specific USB drive -- no matter which letter. So, for instance, to only assign 'H' to the flash drive holding project summaries, or, if the letter were used, to have it switch things around if I needed to plug in the flash with project summaries, so that the 'H' references on that drive would work.

    I guess I'm also wondering if there is some way to test a config sans rebooting, just in case there is a "mistake".

    Feeling a bit out of my comfort zone, that's for sure!

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    As soon as you plug it in gets assigned the next unused drive letter. Does it really matter which drive letter that is?

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    Well of course when a dataset is on a removable drive and the program or task associated with that data is looking for the same drive to back up to or whatever. The only alternative to that is software which looks for the data independent of the drive letter and that is slightly less reliable. Synctoy 2.1 is designed that way but it's not always successful at locating the backup area if the drive letter changes.

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    Use USBDLM to manage USB external drives.
    Use Notepad or a pure text editor, edit USBDLM.ini file (example below):

    ;Seagate HDD (this is a comment line)
    [DriveLetters1]
    DeviceID1=Seagate xxxxxx
    Letter1=W

    1st line is comment
    2nd line means increment each USB device by 1
    3r line is device ID
    4th line specifies the *specific* driver letter to the above *specific* Device ID.

    For details please read about USBDLM.
    To find device ID, use "USB Drive Info" [USBDriveInfo.exe]. No installation needed.
    Or use USBDView.exe. Google for details.

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    That helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWBillow View Post
    who was the dim bulb that said nobody would ever need more than 26 letters -- oh yeah, Bill Gates!.
    Actually it was Gary Kildall, and I have a suspicion he might have got the idea from whoever wrote RT11 at DEC.

    NW

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