Posted 10 April 2008 - 03:58 PM
I'm using Windows XP on a Sony Vaio; a lot of my data files are on pen drives of various types. I have one Integral 4GB drive which I use as my main data backup. That's the one I plug in first thing in the morning, and it shows as Drive G. I've got various programs set up to save automatically to G, open automatically from G, etc etc.
Then I need to open something on a different pen drive, say the DiskPro; I plug it in and it says it's H. Fine. No problem. But if I haven't got the Integral plugged in, the DiskPro will automatically be labelled G - which is not a problem until I plug in the Integral as well, and the Integral gets labelled H, and none of my file paths work. What's more, even after I unplug them both and plug in the Integral again, it will continue to be H, not G.
Now I can go into Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management - and I can tell it that I don't want H to be H, I want it to be G. But what it won't do is remember that on a permanent basis so that the Integral is ALWAYS G. Next time I plug them in in the wrong order, it's H again.
Am I missing something here? Why is it that if I plug in the Diskpro first, then the system remembers that it was G and won't reallocate G even after I unplug the Diskpro, but if I plug in the Integral first, the system won't remember that it was G after I've unplugged it? Both pens are USB 2; they're actually both made by the same manufacturer, although the DiskPro is a 16GB.
So what I'm asking is: is there any way to make XP remember that a specific, not generic, device, has a specific drive letter, so that my 4GB Integral is ALWAYS G? I don't care what letters are allocated to other drives but it's a nuisance to have to trail through the whole system to find something because it's not (apparently) on the same drive twice running.