Solved Drive Letter's "Taking Control"

bluesmoke

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Like with most other settings in Vista 64 Bit, ...Windows starts loosing it mind/(memory). Windows takes the meaning of "settings" to mean, "user temporary suggestions only". I'm sure somewhere in the fine print of "The Window's Handbook" it somewhat clearly states: Window's settings are subject to change at "any" given moment, time or place . (Period) Settings will change clearly at whim of... well,...just about "most any" given reason or causation, usually when you least expect it, and surly to extract the most pain & suffering. :cry: :sa:

I just went though a series of reboots working "other" problems,...when my external hard drives or "Mass Storage Units" along with all my flash "thumb" drives... got scrambled. I mean I'm down to L, M, and/or N clearly on how Vista shuffles them. Based on weather or not my printer is turned on or not. When you have certain programs writing to fixed drive letters...what a mess.

Please point me in the direction of the latest patch program(s) to take back control of drive letter assignments.

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patio

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re: Drive Letter's "Taking Control"

One way of not having them jumbled each time is to assign not only a drive letter to all removable device but also a Volume Label.

I skip about 3 letters after my last physical drive letter ( in my case K: is my last partition ) so my first thumb drive is O: next one P: etc....
The Volume label can be assigned in Disk Management and it helps any version of Windows to keep track.
This can also be done with external HDD's and card readers as well.

NOTE: This also means the thumb drive/device will show up that way on other machines as well...
 

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super_js

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re: Drive Letter's "Taking Control"

Hello Bluesmoke,

Try this it worked for my external harddrive.

In Vista, you can use the Disk Management
console to manage the drives on your
computer. You can assign any letter between
E and Z to a hard disk drive while letters
A and B are reserved for floppy disk drives
C your boot drive and D usually for a CD/DVD
drive.

To access the Disk Management console, right
click Computer and select Manage. Under
Storage, click Disk Management. The drive
configuration of your computer will be
displayed in the details pane. You can
change the drive letter by right clicking any
volume and selecting Change Drive Letter and
Paths. Click the Change button and use the
drop down arrow to select the drive letter
you want to assign to the volume. Click OK.
Click Yes to confirm your actions.

Make sure that your external drive is plugged
in before you do this so that it will show
up.

Super_JS
 

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Dzomlija

Resistance is Futile
Vista Guru
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re: Drive Letter's "Taking Control"

One way of not having them jumbled each time is to assign not only a drive letter to all removable device but also a Volume Label.

I skip about 3 letters after my last physical drive letter ( in my case K: is my last partition ) so my first thumb drive is O: next one P: etc....
The Volume label can be assigned in Disk Management and it helps any version of Windows to keep track.
This can also be done with external HDD's and card readers as well.

NOTE: This also means the thumb drive/device will show up that way on other machines as well...
The Volume Label can also be changed by highlighting the drive in Explorer, then pressing <F2>.

Bluesmoke, you might also want to try updating the drivers for your USB controllers to which the eternal drives are attached. Also, if required, the drivers for the external drives themselves.
 

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bluesmoke

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THANK YOU...all for the info. With all your help(s) I think we have this one whipped.
Good idea's all.

...oh yea, very cool avatar someone gave me, not too "gay" but befitting the "bluesmoke" persona non the less.
 

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