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Solved: External Hard Drive Letter Has Changed

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Godmyeyesarebad!, Sep 28, 2013.

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  1. Godmyeyesarebad!

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    I turned the computer on today and one of the external hard drives has changed from 'K' to 'L'. Two other external hard drives have not been affected. For some reason the 'K' drive has been allocated to the CD Drive (which was previously 'F').

    So how can I get 'K' back to the external hard drive using the same path as before. It doesn't matter what the CD drive is called but getting it back to 'F' would be nice.

    Thank you.
     
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  3. Godmyeyesarebad!

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    Thank you very much for your quick reply - it's now sorted and my 'K' drive is as it should be, so thanks for your help.
     
  4. DaveBurnett

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    You must remember that drive letters are NOT fixed. They are allocated on each boot. So if you used another external device as well IT could grab that letter and your original one could be moved.
     
  5. Godmyeyesarebad!

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    Thanks for your comment Dave. I understand what you're saying but is there any way to adjust the computer so that the letters ARE fixed and remain the same on each reboot.
     
  6. DaveBurnett

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    In Windows 7 you can fiddle with them in Disk Management, but I think they only stick whilst the drive is present.
     
  7. prunejuice

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    You can assign labels to the drives if you like, but why do you need drive letters permanently assigned?

    (This is a feature/limitation of Windows, btw)
     
  8. Netghost56

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    Might be a shot in the dark, but have you kept up with your antivirus/malware scans??
     
  9. Triple6

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    Backups are common reason why drive letters should stay the same.

    Generally if you assign a drive letter to a device using Disk Management it will stay with that drive letter as long as nothing forces it to change, it's kind of semi-permanent. Change it to something high up like Z and hopefully nothing will steal it away.


    There's no reason to suspect a virus with a drive letter change.
     
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    Not really, unless a new partition has appeared....like I said, a shot in the dark. Personally I've never seen a drive letter spontaneously change without some type of manipulation, either from a new device (or old device failing) or a software issue.
     
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