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    Permanently assigning a drive letter

    I know I can use Disk Management to assign a letter to a (flash) drive. That will work fine if nothing else intrudes or supersedes that assignment.

    But let's say I have assigned "J" to a specific flash drive, and every time I plug it in it gets the letter "J" fine. But then one day I am working on file recovery, and have Macrium Reflect running and it has assigned "J" to a backup since the flash drive isn't plugged in at that moment. Now I come along and plug in that flash drive. It doesn't get "J" but rather the next available letter.

    Isn't there some way to reserve drive letters for specific assignments?

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    You could try assigning your flash drive to a higher letter. I like to assign mine to S, T or U, where they're unlikely to get trampled by other devices getting plugged in.

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    Chuck,

    I'd recommend USBDLM (USB Drive Letter Management) it's free and very configurable.

    HTH
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    Once again, RG, Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Chuck, I'd recommend USBDLM (USB Drive Letter Management) it's free and very configurable. HTH
    I downloaded this program, are you sure this is easy to configure? It looks pretty geeky to me. I must be missing something; where and how does one start within the main EXE menu?
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    I too, will be waiting on the reply, Roland.

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    Roland,

    Read the USBDLM_sample.ini file in C:\Program Files\USBDLM.

    Once you have your .ini file setup you just forget about the program it runs as a service.

    The "main" .exe file is just a compiled help file.

    Here's my configured .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
    As you can see all I do is make sure that my USB devices load at X,Y, or Z and Exclude P & V (mapped drives) from use.

    HTH
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    Thanks!
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