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Keeping the same drive letter for a external HDD

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by bcingle, Oct 21, 2009.

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  1. bcingle

    bcingle Thread Starter

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    Hey all. I was wondering if anyone knows an answer to my frustrations. I have all my music on an external hard drive, along with my movies, tv shows, etc, much the same as a lot of people do these days. However, I have these problems occasionally that I don't see why Microsoft doesn't just fix. I have two external HDDs, right? OK, I unplug both, restart the computer, and plug them in in the wrong order, for whatever reason, that what was E: becomes F: and what was F: becomes E:. Now, why doesn't the same HDD keep the same drive letter! Every time i plug them in wrong I have to go into storage management and change the drive letters around which seems like a waste of time, just to get my music player to find my library. Does Windows have something built in to get around this? Or is there an application that can manage my hard drives letters? I understand Microsoft issues out drive letters in the order of which they are mounted. But is there something that can bypass that and make them stay the same every bootup? Thanks!
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    If you go into disk management with the external drives connected, you can assign a drive letter to them, I suggest picking letters a little further down the alphabet, like J and K, after you do this they will show up as that drive letter from now on.

    Control Panel (classic view) Admin tools>Computer management>Disk management

    in the lower pane, right click on the external drive(s) and select "Change Drive Letter and..."
     
  3. bcingle

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    I've tried that. It works as long as I never unplug the drive while the laptop is turned on. Sometimes I pull the laptop out to work and don't feel like pulling my hard drives out every time. And then, next time I do plug my drive in, it resets to the next available drive letter. It did this way back in XP, and did it with Vista, and does it with 7 RC.
     
  4. Mumbodog

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    I have never had that problem, not sure what is going on for you.

    I have used up to 7 external drives in XP and Vista, assigned drive letters, and it always worked for me.

    I have 4 I use in Vista right now, they never revert drive letters, even if I plug them into different usb ports.
     
  5. bcingle

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    Thanks for the quick responses by the way. I don't think it's as much plugging into different drives as it is restarting the computer. I'm going to do an experiment and I'll post the results. I'm going to change drive letter to F: and then unplug, restart, and plug in the drive and see what happens. be right back...
     
  6. bcingle

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    ok, it worked that time. But I swear, I listen to my music all the time. I haven't changed my settings for a long time, then all of a sudden, today my music library was empty. I looked and it was because my drive letter had changed to E from F. OH!!!! It just hit me. Maybe because I didn't have it plugged in, plugged in a random thumb drive that got assigned E because it was available. Then my music drive couldn't mount to E:. Sorry. I'm going to change to R and keep it there. And for any one else having these frustrations, just remember Windows assigns a drive letter as the first letter available. I just wish Windows would put a reserve on a drive letter, so that even if my HDD isn't available, it will skip that letter in making letter assignments.
     
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