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Kyle
2007-05-03, 06:32
I have two external drives on my laptop at work. If I disconnect them and then reconnect them, sometimes the drive letters change, so my music files aren't found. Is there a way to have my laptop recognize each drive with the same letter each time? I've tried assigning drive letters in the disk management section under administrative tools, but it doesn't seem to be a permanent assignment.

mherger
2007-05-03, 06:43
> I have two external drives on my laptop at work. If I disconnect them
> and then reconnect them, sometimes the drive letters change, so my
> music files aren't found. Is there a way to have my laptop recognize
> each drive with the same letter each time?

Haven't ever used, but there are tools like eg.
http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html

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Rangdo
2007-05-03, 06:49
Instead of drive letters you can map them to an empty folder if you're using NTFS - that's what I do for my SB.

In Disk Management, in the properties of the drive in question, remove the drive letter then add a mapping to your empty folder. Each drive will need it's own but both could be sub-folders of a 'master' folder.

TiredLegs
2007-05-03, 09:23
I've tried assigning drive letters in the disk management section under administrative tools, but it doesn't seem to be a permanent assignment.
I've got several external hard drives. When I assign them drive letters in XP's administrative tooks, they are permanent. I can disconnect and reconnect them in any order, and each drive keeps its assigned letter. I believe the key to getting this to work was to assign them letters that were not in line to be automatically used by the OS. That is, I assigned them as W:,U:,X: and not D:,E:,F:

Kyle
2007-05-03, 11:09
I believe the key to getting this to work was to assign them letters that were not in line to be automatically used by the OS. That is, I assigned them as W:,U:,X: and not D:,E:,F:

Perhaps that's the trick. I'll give it a try. It's quite annoying to have to rescan your music files because the drive letter has changed.