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assigning a letter to a usb drive vs. a network folder ?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by proteanthread, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. proteanthread

    proteanthread Flightless Bird

    is it possible to prevent windows from mapping or assigning a usb
    drive to a letter that is already used by a network folder ? is it
    possible to force windows from using certain drive letters when
    installing a usb drive or other mappable drive (such as one that is
    already assigned to a network folder or drive) ?
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "proteanthread" <rtdos@rtdos.com> wrote in message
    news:de8fd929-0018-4803-bb8c-f850c51f86f6@z35g2000yqd.googlegroups.com...
    > is it possible to prevent windows from mapping or assigning a usb
    > drive to a letter that is already used by a network folder ? is it
    > possible to force windows from using certain drive letters when
    > installing a usb drive or other mappable drive (such as one that is
    > already assigned to a network folder or drive) ?


    This is a long-standing issue and the general answer is to map drive letters
    from Y: down so that there is no conflict with USB letters going up from D:
    or E:.
     
  3. John Wunderlich

    John Wunderlich Flightless Bird

    proteanthread <rtdos@rtdos.com> wrote in news:de8fd929-0018-4803-bb8c-
    f850c51f86f6@z35g2000yqd.googlegroups.com:

    > is it possible to prevent windows from mapping or assigning a usb
    > drive to a letter that is already used by a network folder ? is it
    > possible to force windows from using certain drive letters when
    > installing a usb drive or other mappable drive (such as one that is
    > already assigned to a network folder or drive) ?


    Yes.
    After inserting your USB Drive, use DiskManager to change the drive
    letter for that drive to something compatible with your configuration.

    Start->Run->"diskmgmt.msc"

    Then right-click on USB drive and select "Change Drive Letter..."

    HTH,
    John
     
  4. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "John Wunderlich" <jwunderlich@lycos.com> wrote in message
    news:Xns9D45ADF6B5326wunderpsdrscray@138.125.254.103...
    > proteanthread <rtdos@rtdos.com> wrote in news:de8fd929-0018-4803-bb8c-
    > f850c51f86f6@z35g2000yqd.googlegroups.com:
    >
    >> is it possible to prevent windows from mapping or assigning a usb
    >> drive to a letter that is already used by a network folder ? is it
    >> possible to force windows from using certain drive letters when
    >> installing a usb drive or other mappable drive (such as one that is
    >> already assigned to a network folder or drive) ?

    >
    > Yes.
    > After inserting your USB Drive, use DiskManager to change the drive
    > letter for that drive to something compatible with your configuration.
    >
    > Start->Run->"diskmgmt.msc"
    >
    > Then right-click on USB drive and select "Change Drive Letter..."
    >
    > HTH,
    > John


    John, you are correct that this is the way to change a drive letter but it
    doesn't help the OP in that this would have to be accomplished for any new
    USB device plugged in each time and even for the same device when plugged
    into another port on the same computer.

    The best fix is to map network drives high in the alphabet and let the USB
    drives choose letters in the lower alphabet. I always map my network drives
    starting at Z or Y (depending on my rebuild/restore partition's drive
    letter) and work backward.
     
  5. John Wunderlich

    John Wunderlich Flightless Bird

    "LVTravel" <noone@none.com> wrote in
    news:ehOiiJ7yKHA.5036@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl:

    >
    >
    > "John Wunderlich" <jwunderlich@lycos.com> wrote in message
    > news:Xns9D45ADF6B5326wunderpsdrscray@138.125.254.103...
    >> proteanthread <rtdos@rtdos.com> wrote in
    >> news:de8fd929-0018-4803-bb8c-
    >> f850c51f86f6@z35g2000yqd.googlegroups.com:
    >>
    >>> is it possible to prevent windows from mapping or assigning a
    >>> usb drive to a letter that is already used by a network folder ?
    >>> is it possible to force windows from using certain drive
    >>> letters when installing a usb drive or other mappable drive
    >>> (such as one that is already assigned to a network folder or
    >>> drive) ?

    >>
    >> Yes.
    >> After inserting your USB Drive, use DiskManager to change the
    >> drive letter for that drive to something compatible with your
    >> configuration.
    >>
    >> Start->Run->"diskmgmt.msc"
    >>
    >> Then right-click on USB drive and select "Change Drive
    >> Letter..."
    >>
    >> HTH,
    >> John

    >
    > John, you are correct that this is the way to change a drive
    > letter but it doesn't help the OP in that this would have to be
    > accomplished for any new USB device plugged in each time and even
    > for the same device when plugged into another port on the same
    > computer.
    >
    > The best fix is to map network drives high in the alphabet and let
    > the USB drives choose letters in the lower alphabet. I always map
    > my network drives starting at Z or Y (depending on my
    > rebuild/restore partition's drive letter) and work backward.
    >
    >


    Yes, that's the best way to make sure it doesn't happen.

    I guess I should have asked whether SP3 is installed because
    according to:
    "List of fixes that are included in Windows XP Service Pack 3"
    <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946480>

    XP3 includes a fix for the following:

    "New drive or mapped network drive not available in Windows Explorer"
    <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297694/>
    (which includes a Hotfix for SP2 systems and includes your solution
    as a work-around)

    .... although I've heard that under some scenarios the fix doesn't
    work.

    -- John
     
  6. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "John Wunderlich" <jwunderlich@lycos.com> wrote in message
    news:Xns9D45D4DFA8C55wunderpsdrscray@207.46.248.16...
    > "LVTravel" <noone@none.com> wrote in
    > news:ehOiiJ7yKHA.5036@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> "John Wunderlich" <jwunderlich@lycos.com> wrote in message
    >> news:Xns9D45ADF6B5326wunderpsdrscray@138.125.254.103...
    >>> proteanthread <rtdos@rtdos.com> wrote in
    >>> news:de8fd929-0018-4803-bb8c-
    >>> f850c51f86f6@z35g2000yqd.googlegroups.com:
    >>>
    >>>> is it possible to prevent windows from mapping or assigning a
    >>>> usb drive to a letter that is already used by a network folder ?
    >>>> is it possible to force windows from using certain drive
    >>>> letters when installing a usb drive or other mappable drive
    >>>> (such as one that is already assigned to a network folder or
    >>>> drive) ?
    >>>
    >>> Yes.
    >>> After inserting your USB Drive, use DiskManager to change the
    >>> drive letter for that drive to something compatible with your
    >>> configuration.
    >>>
    >>> Start->Run->"diskmgmt.msc"
    >>>
    >>> Then right-click on USB drive and select "Change Drive
    >>> Letter..."
    >>>
    >>> HTH,
    >>> John

    >>
    >> John, you are correct that this is the way to change a drive
    >> letter but it doesn't help the OP in that this would have to be
    >> accomplished for any new USB device plugged in each time and even
    >> for the same device when plugged into another port on the same
    >> computer.
    >>
    >> The best fix is to map network drives high in the alphabet and let
    >> the USB drives choose letters in the lower alphabet. I always map
    >> my network drives starting at Z or Y (depending on my
    >> rebuild/restore partition's drive letter) and work backward.
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Yes, that's the best way to make sure it doesn't happen.
    >
    > I guess I should have asked whether SP3 is installed because
    > according to:
    > "List of fixes that are included in Windows XP Service Pack 3"
    > <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946480>
    >
    > XP3 includes a fix for the following:
    >
    > "New drive or mapped network drive not available in Windows Explorer"
    > <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297694/>
    > (which includes a Hotfix for SP2 systems and includes your solution
    > as a work-around)
    >
    > ... although I've heard that under some scenarios the fix doesn't
    > work.
    >
    > -- John
    >


    My XP SP3 laptop has all the current "fixes" and it still won't always
    "remember" the location of a USB drive when plugged in, especially when the
    USB device is plugged into a slot with another device already plugged in,
    whether or not the other device is taking the first device's drive letter.
    In other words device 1 is usually assigned letter G:. Plug in device 2 and
    it uses letter E: then plug in device 1 it may get letter D:, F, G:, or even
    higher (my DVD drive is always assigned letter R: when I first set up the
    computer.) Haven't seen any posts on that and it really doesn't bother me
    as I know how to adjust.
     
  7. smlunatick

    smlunatick Flightless Bird

    On Mar 25, 2:25 pm, "LVTravel" <no...@none.com> wrote:
    > "John Wunderlich" <jwunderl...@lycos.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:Xns9D45D4DFA8C55wunderpsdrscray@207.46.248.16...
    >
    >
    >
    > > "LVTravel" <no...@none.com> wrote in
    > >news:ehOiiJ7yKHA.5036@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl:

    >
    > >> "John Wunderlich" <jwunderl...@lycos.com> wrote in message
    > >>news:Xns9D45ADF6B5326wunderpsdrscray@138.125.254.103...
    > >>> proteanthread <rt...@rtdos.com> wrote in
    > >>> news:de8fd929-0018-4803-bb8c-
    > >>> f850c51f8...@z35g2000yqd.googlegroups.com:

    >
    > >>>> is it possible to prevent windows from mapping or assigning a
    > >>>> usb drive to a letter that is already used by a network folder ?
    > >>>>  is it possible to force windows from using certain drive
    > >>>> letters when installing a usb drive or other mappable drive
    > >>>> (such as one that is already assigned to a network folder or
    > >>>> drive) ?

    >
    > >>> Yes.
    > >>> After inserting your USB Drive, use DiskManager to change the
    > >>> drive letter for that drive to something compatible with your
    > >>> configuration.

    >
    > >>> Start->Run->"diskmgmt.msc"

    >
    > >>> Then right-click on USB drive and select  "Change Drive
    > >>> Letter..."

    >
    > >>> HTH,
    > >>> John

    >
    > >> John, you are correct that this is the way to change a drive
    > >> letter but it doesn't help the OP in that this would have to be
    > >> accomplished for any new USB device plugged in each time and even
    > >> for the same device when plugged into another port on the same
    > >> computer.

    >
    > >> The best fix is to map network drives high in the alphabet and let
    > >> the USB drives choose letters in the lower alphabet.  I always map
    > >> my network drives starting at Z or Y (depending on my
    > >> rebuild/restore partition's drive letter) and work backward.

    >
    > > Yes, that's the best way to make sure it doesn't happen.

    >
    > > I guess I should have asked whether SP3 is installed because
    > > according to:
    > > "List of fixes that are included in Windows XP Service Pack 3"
    > >   <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946480>

    >
    > > XP3 includes a fix for the following:

    >
    > > "New drive or mapped network drive not available in Windows Explorer"
    > >  <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297694/>
    > > (which includes a Hotfix for SP2 systems and includes your solution
    > > as a work-around)

    >
    > > ... although I've heard that under some scenarios the fix doesn't
    > > work.

    >
    > > -- John

    >
    > My XP SP3 laptop has all the current "fixes" and it still won't always
    > "remember" the location of a USB drive when plugged in, especially when the
    > USB device is plugged into a slot with another device already plugged in,
    > whether or not the other device is taking the first device's drive letter..
    > In other words device 1 is usually assigned letter G:.  Plug in device 2 and
    > it uses letter E: then plug in device 1 it may get letter D:, F, G:, or even
    > higher (my DVD drive is always assigned letter R: when I first set up the
    > computer.)  Haven't seen any posts on that and it really doesn't botherme
    > as I know how to adjust.


    Consider looking at USBDLM.

    http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html
     
  8. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "smlunatick" <yveslec@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:9cc2e276-62c3-4766-9cc8-f0959fdaae34@k13g2000yqe.googlegroups.com...
    > On Mar 25, 2:25 pm, "LVTravel" <no...@none.com> wrote:
    >> "John Wunderlich" <jwunderl...@lycos.com> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:Xns9D45D4DFA8C55wunderpsdrscray@207.46.248.16...
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> > "LVTravel" <no...@none.com> wrote in
    >> >news:ehOiiJ7yKHA.5036@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl:

    >>
    >> >> "John Wunderlich" <jwunderl...@lycos.com> wrote in message
    >> >>news:Xns9D45ADF6B5326wunderpsdrscray@138.125.254.103...
    >> >>> proteanthread <rt...@rtdos.com> wrote in
    >> >>> news:de8fd929-0018-4803-bb8c-
    >> >>> f850c51f8...@z35g2000yqd.googlegroups.com:

    >>
    >> >>>> is it possible to prevent windows from mapping or assigning a
    >> >>>> usb drive to a letter that is already used by a network folder ?
    >> >>>> is it possible to force windows from using certain drive
    >> >>>> letters when installing a usb drive or other mappable drive
    >> >>>> (such as one that is already assigned to a network folder or
    >> >>>> drive) ?

    >>
    >> >>> Yes.
    >> >>> After inserting your USB Drive, use DiskManager to change the
    >> >>> drive letter for that drive to something compatible with your
    >> >>> configuration.

    >>
    >> >>> Start->Run->"diskmgmt.msc"

    >>
    >> >>> Then right-click on USB drive and select "Change Drive
    >> >>> Letter..."

    >>
    >> >>> HTH,
    >> >>> John

    >>
    >> >> John, you are correct that this is the way to change a drive
    >> >> letter but it doesn't help the OP in that this would have to be
    >> >> accomplished for any new USB device plugged in each time and even
    >> >> for the same device when plugged into another port on the same
    >> >> computer.

    >>
    >> >> The best fix is to map network drives high in the alphabet and let
    >> >> the USB drives choose letters in the lower alphabet. I always map
    >> >> my network drives starting at Z or Y (depending on my
    >> >> rebuild/restore partition's drive letter) and work backward.

    >>
    >> > Yes, that's the best way to make sure it doesn't happen.

    >>
    >> > I guess I should have asked whether SP3 is installed because
    >> > according to:
    >> > "List of fixes that are included in Windows XP Service Pack 3"
    >> > <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946480>

    >>
    >> > XP3 includes a fix for the following:

    >>
    >> > "New drive or mapped network drive not available in Windows Explorer"
    >> > <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297694/>
    >> > (which includes a Hotfix for SP2 systems and includes your solution
    >> > as a work-around)

    >>
    >> > ... although I've heard that under some scenarios the fix doesn't
    >> > work.

    >>
    >> > -- John

    >>
    >> My XP SP3 laptop has all the current "fixes" and it still won't always
    >> "remember" the location of a USB drive when plugged in, especially when
    >> the
    >> USB device is plugged into a slot with another device already plugged in,
    >> whether or not the other device is taking the first device's drive
    >> letter.
    >> In other words device 1 is usually assigned letter G:. Plug in device 2
    >> and
    >> it uses letter E: then plug in device 1 it may get letter D:, F, G:, or
    >> even
    >> higher (my DVD drive is always assigned letter R: when I first set up the
    >> computer.) Haven't seen any posts on that and it really doesn't bother me
    >> as I know how to adjust.

    >
    > Consider looking at USBDLM.
    >
    > http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html


    Thanks for posting this. I knew it existed but didn't remember what it was
    called or who had it. I won't need to use it but I know a few that can.
    Thanks again.,
     

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