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How to keep external HD from changing drive letter?

 
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Aug 07, 2010 23:18 |  #1

windows 7

I put my lightroom catalog in an external drive.
If I plug it in before booting my laptop, it's fine.
But when plug it in when my laptop's already running, it change the letter?
I have to keep changing it back.

Is there a way to keep it one letter forever?

thanks


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Aug 07, 2010 23:20 |  #2

I dont know what it has to do with booting, but if you plug it into the same usb port each time, it should always have the same letter


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Aug 07, 2010 23:39 |  #3

yes, I keep on plugging it to the same usb port every time.

if i plug it in before turning the laptop on, it will keep the same letter.
But if i plug it in when it's already on, it keeps on changing the letter.

thanks


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Aug 07, 2010 23:44 |  #4

go to

control panel > administrative tools > computer management > disk management

you might just be able to type in computer management in the search and get there faster though...

in there click the drive while it's plugged in and then assign it a drive letter...


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Aug 07, 2010 23:51 |  #5

What version of Windows are you running? Have you done a Google search?

I know that to change a drive letter in Windows XP, you can do this:
Open Control Panel
Double-click on Administrative Tools
Double-click on Computer Management
This opens the Computer Management window

Select Disk Management in the Computer Management window and you'll see all of your hard drives and their partitions. Right-click on any partition with an assigned drive letter and select Change Drive Letter and Paths.


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Aug 07, 2010 23:55 |  #6

i just posted that, lol. but yeah windows 7 has the same feature...


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Aug 08, 2010 00:07 |  #7

thanks...
it's windows 7

I know how to change the drive letter...

but, the problem is: If I plug in the ext HD when the laptop already running, the drive letter keep changing to a different letter. I have go to disk management to change it back.

My question is: Is there a way to always keep the drive letter no matter when I plug in the ext HD?


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Aug 08, 2010 00:23 |  #8

I found this, but it doesn't sound too promising:

http://support.microso​ft.com/kb/282530 (external link)


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Aug 08, 2010 00:26 |  #9

And this is one reason why computers with single internal hard drives are not ideal for photo editing. :cool


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Aug 08, 2010 00:33 |  #10

You might try this USB drive letter manager (USBDLM):

http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.htm​l (external link)

I don't know if this works with Windows 7. Are you running 64-bit OS? The 64-bit version of USBDLM is apparently only a beta.


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Aug 08, 2010 01:18 |  #11

thanks... I will try some of your suggestions...


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Aug 08, 2010 12:05 |  #12

I had the same problem with my SyncToy mirror back ups . The eSATA drive letter kept changing and they would not match the profile that was set up for them.

You need to format your ext HDD using Disk Management tool and assign some obscure drive letter. I use R/S/T/U/V/W for external drives. X/Y/Z are reserved by me for networked drives.

After that when you plug it back on the computer it will see it with whatever drive letter you have assigned when you initially formatted the drive.


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