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USB devices taking a mapped drive

By jonno112 ·
Someone is either going to know this or not

When you plug a usb device into a system on a network that has used the next available drive letter after hardware A,B,C,D (E network drive)

USB devices take the same drive letter, you have to go into My computer > Manage > Disk Management > and change the usb drives letter to any other drive letter to get it to work.

How can you make it stay with that letter, changing the mapped drive letter is not an option at this stage (scripts attached to that drive letter) Why has microsoft allowed this to continue?

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by haileyan In reply to USB devices taking a mapp ...

My experience has been that when I change the drive letter of my USB device it is remembered as long as I plug it into the same USB port the next time and as long as it is the SAME USB device.

If you plug a different USB drive in you will have the same problem with that device.

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by jonno112 In reply to

Sorry i sorta know that but thanks anyway what i am looking for is a script or something because i cannot guarrantee the same device will go into the same port

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by mrjay67 In reply to USB devices taking a mapp ...

I had a similar problem and the way i got around it was to move the cdrom to a different drive letter. With the cdrom moved the USB drive should take the available slot left by the cdrom(usually ). You should be able to use the disk manager (if NT/XP) or device manager if W98.

Im not sure why the USB drives overwrite the Mapped drives. It may be that the USB drive is loading first then your mapped drives are overwriting the USB.

Its been my experience that it is better to start drive mappings with F as first network drive, but i can understand not wanting to change it now.



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by jonno112 In reply to

Thanks i dont know why i have to do this twice but your idea it's good and i should have thought of it. Thanks Buddy

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by jonno112 In reply to USB devices taking a mapp ...

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Somebody please help

by freak_in_a_cage9000 In reply to USB devices taking a mapp ...

I have a similar problem with my flashdisk not getting its own drive letter. when i bought the new one, it installed perfectly on my computer but its not showing up in My Computer. when i go to disk management it shows there but it has no drive letter assigned. i can assign a drive letter to the flashdisk but it still doesnt show up in my computer. i can only access it by right clicking and exploring it throught the disk manager where i assigned the drive letter, its doin it with all my usb related devices. is it a virus causing this problem or is my registry busted or wot?

any help would be much appreciated..


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