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USB drive problem

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by clivebuckwheat, Jan 27, 2007.

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  1. clivebuckwheat

    clivebuckwheat Thread Starter

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    I have several drives on my computer, and when I plug in my USB 512 k drive it's not detected, I know it's because of the amount of drive letters I am using. Does anyone know how to force the usb drive to map to the next unused drive letter?

    Thank you.

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  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I doubt it's the the number of drive letters you are using, because I use more than that at times, and my FLASH drives have no trouble connecting.

    What do you see in Device Manager under Disk Drives when you plug in the FLASH drive? How about Disk Management?
     
  3. clivebuckwheat

    clivebuckwheat Thread Starter

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    it's in both places but just doesn't map. Is there a way to force a static drive letter to a USB drive so it will always be that letter regardless?
     
  4. JohnWill

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    If you assign a drive letter to a USB drive, it'll maintain it as long as you don't connect it to another system. Windows writes a small "signature hash" to the drive to identify the drive letter. If that gets over-written by another system, it's assigned the default of the next available drive letter.

    I have USB drives on this system that just sit there and get turned on for backups. their drive letter haven't changed in a long time.
     
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