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    Drive letters keep changing

    Hello,

    I have two notebooks, two external drives and several pendrives that commute between them.
    Most of the time their drive letters change, and this is a nuisance.
    How to keep their drive letters fixed, no matter to which USB port they are plugged?

    I appreciate for any help given.

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    It's my experience that each USB port is identified differently by Windows, changing ports usually does change the drive lettering. You may be able to use Disk Management in Computer Management on each computer to assign a drive letter which will help but still involved is the port used, have to be plugged into the same one each time. If you have a card reader in the computer/s you may need to re-letter them first so as to get the USB drives using the same letter on each computer involved.

    Because of the foregoing I use a NAS/Network Attached Storage HDD, connects to my Router and any computer on the Network can reach it, even using Wi-Fi. I use it for file storage and access it using Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
    Last edited by Berton; 2015-06-16 at 11:02.

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    Read this, it might help: http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html

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    I "locked down" the drive letters for OS partition [C], data partition [D], default internal CD-DVD player/burner [I], blu-ray DVD player [L]. I gave up on USB sticks 'cause I don't always stick 'em in the same USB port. My two external USB HDs are no longer assigned letters; I guess I could do that again later, if the need arises. When I DVD-boot Acronis True Image, almost none of the Windows-assigned letters are found, BIOS & Acronis do their thing.
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    Flores,

    +1 for USBDLM (USB Drive Letter Management). I use this program on all of my machines and it works great once you have the .ini file setup the way you want it. HTH

    P.S. Here's my .ini file:
    Code:
    ; This is the for .INI file for USBDLM
    ; Create a new USBDLM.INI or rename it to USBDLM.INI
     
    ; More informations in the help file USBDLM_ENG.CHM
    
    
    
    ;------------------------------ Settings -------------------------------------
    [Settings]
    
    ; here you can let USBDLM remove driveletters of cardreaders as long
    ; as there is no media present
    NoMediaNoLetter=1
    
    ; here you can let USBDLM write a logfile, default is _USBDLM.LOG in
    ; the root of the Windows drive
    WriteLogFile=0
    LogFile=
    LogLevel=3
    
    
    ;---------------------------- BalloonTips -------------------------------------
    [BalloonTips]
    
    ; this activates balloon tips and sets their show duration in milliseconds
    Enabled=1
    Timeout=6000
    
    
    ; here you can define drive letter that shall never be used for new local drives.
    ; configure here your network, subst and TrueCrypt drive letters here but no local drives!
    [NetworkLetters]
    Letter1=P
    Letter2=V
    Letter3=
    
    
    ; Letters configured in section [StaticLetters] are not touched by USBDLM. Thus you can still
    ; assign (some) USB drive letters by means of the Windows Disk Management without USBDLM
    ; reverting your changes
    [StaticLetters]
    Letter1=
    Letter9=
    Letters=
    
    
    ;-------------------------- the drive letters ---------------------------------
    
    ; here you can define new default drive letter for USB drives
    [DriveLetters]
    Letter1=X
    Letter2=Y
    Letter3=Z
    
    ; many other options are documented in the Help files
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Yet another of those things that makes one wonder why Microsoft, with its thousands of coders, couldn't have included something like this right in the OS.

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    Too many committees deciding what to include?

    cheers, Paul

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    Hello Berton,

    My system is not as sophisticated as yours, so I'll have to remember to use the same USB port for each of my pendrive and external HD,

    thanks,
    Flores
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    Hi RetiredGeek,

    Will try this USB Drive Letter Management program, and see if I'm able to write the .ini file for my case,
    Thanks a lot.
    Flores
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    I just go into properties and "name" each drive (you can make up your own convention). It doesn't fix the drive letter issue, but shows up in File Explorer etc as the named drive. Make it a little easier to "see".

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevmeist View Post
    I just go into properties and "name" each drive (you can make up your own convention). It doesn't fix the drive letter issue, but shows up in File Explorer etc as the named drive. Make it a little easier to "see".
    That's exactly what I do, usually letters for the make and the size. Example would be WDC1TB_2 for the second Western Digital 1TB drive, same system for Thumb/Flash drives. For me the drive letter itself is only important when accessing support files such as graphics that have been copied/stored on that drive.

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    .............I just go into properties and "name" each drive (you can make up your own convention). It doesn't fix the drive letter issue, but shows up in File Explorer etc as the named drive. Make it a little easier to "see".

    Hello kevmeist,

    Quite interesting. Never thought about that,
    Will experiment the idea.

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    Hi Flores,

    I live near Orlando and have season tickets for Orlando City. Enjoy seeing Kaka play there.

    K

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    Hello Kev,

    Thanks for your kind offer, but I spent 2 whole weeks at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in Disney last August with my wife, daughter and grandson ($$$$) in Disney World. Never suffered so much with the hot weather.

    Now I'm saving to take a second tour with my youngest grandson, my other daughter and my wife, when, I dont know, because of the crisis and the dollar exchange rate.

    Anyway, we all appreciated much your offer.

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    Yep, July and August are NOT months to go on vacation in Florida. Already HOT here and we are just in July.

    K

    Quote Originally Posted by amflores View Post
    Hello Kev,

    Thanks for your kind offer, but I spent 2 whole weeks at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in Disney last August with my wife, daughter and grandson ($$$$) in Disney World. Never suffered so much with the hot weather.

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