assign permanent drive letter to removable drive in XP?

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I just got a new computer and so I'm back in the modern age again after using Win 98 in 2006.

This is a laptop though and I'd like to install a few infrequently used applications onto a removable drive. I have several USB devices, and I'd like WinXP to always use the same drive letter for this drive so an installed program will run correctly.

I foolishly assumed that Microsoft had made stuff like this easy by now. They've had nearly a decade to do it since I last bought an OS. But apparently not. But maybe someone can lend some advice.

Thanks.
 
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Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Storage - Disk management.

Right click on the drive in question, and select "change drive letter", set it to whatever letter suits you. It should stay put when next connected.
 

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What I was actually trying to do was keep the drive letter but make it permanent. I did find that utility, and now I've tried assigning it a lower letter -- R.

If I assign it E, but connect other devices first, I wonder if E would still be reserved for it. (Does that utility actually do ANYTHING if the drive is already E, but I then tell it E again? Not sure.)

This does seem to be easiER in XP, but still very clumsy to do.

I do think assigning it a low letter should do the trick.

We'll see.
 

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OK, just to confirm...

If I assign it a high letter like E, but connect something else first, it will NOT assign it E. I.e. I just plugged in a device and it assigned that E, and this drive F. So it does not reserve a letter; it only assigns it if available.

This drive letter system that Microsoft invented in like the 70's is getting a little stale.

Anyway, the trick does seem to be to assign it a low letter that should never be automatically assigned by the system.
 

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a couple other quick notes --

- XP also lets you assign a drive partition to a folder on another drive (that drive has to be NTFS). You do this using the same utility.

- To use a higher letter, you can also reassign all your other drives to lower ones (however, this could be a pain and would require reassigning new drives you add -- even cameras and tiny USB drives).


Here's a utility that adds some extra functionality --

USBDLM
http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html


Here's a utility that lets you assign drive letters under earlier Windows versions (95, 98, ME) --

Letter Assigner
http://www.v72735.f2s.com/LetAssig/index.html
 

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Nice little utility, thanks for posting it. :) I normally assign my USB drives letters that won't be used by other devices connecting to solve this issue, but this might be handy in the future.
 
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