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#1 markg2

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 05:35 PM

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2 questions:

1. I inserted a Cruzer SD drive into an open USB port. The computer assigns the drive the letter K. I wish for the drive to be assigned G. The Cruzer is already in the uppermost of two USB ports. Is there a way I can force XP to call the Cruzer G instead of K?

2. Someone had apparently inserted and removed a USB flash drive several times on this same computer without properly closing and ejecting the device. As a result, XP had cycled through the alphabet to the next available letter. I had set a third party backup program to go to a particular drive letter. I know that I could (and did) reboot the computer allowing the computer to recognize that the drive letters it thought were in use were not and for the computer to then reorder all available drive letters. However IS THERE a way to force XP, without rebooting, to reset available drive letters? Clicking on my computer in explorer and hitting the View/Refresh does not work.

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 05:57 PM

You can reset them yourself manually, using Device Manager. If a letter is already in use, you cannot use it...unless you change it to something else that is not in use.

I start at the end of the alphabet and assign drive letters to storage partitions. C: is the system partition by default, D: is the optical drive by default...anything between D: and the latter characters of the alphabet will be assigned letters E:, etc.

Aside from doing a repair install or something similar...I don't know of a way to force an automatic reassignment of letters.

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 08:39 PM

See if this might be of use to you, markg2.
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#4 markg2

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 08:09 PM

I tried the suggestion and following the instructions as best as I understood, the process didn't work. The latter part of the instruction instructs to create a New Folder on 'the drive'. The instruction does not say on what drive the new folder is to be created. I 'assumed' the location would be on the flash drive but that drive letter was not an option so I placed the folder on C:

Have you looked at this thing?

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 08:11 PM

Thanks for the suggestion to re-assign the drive letter. The problem is less reassigning than having that letter STICK.




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