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Windows 7 Pro; UN-assigning previously assigned drive letters


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#1 RolandJS

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 03:43 AM

  Since I have already used some of my A-Z drive letters to previous drive-letter assignments, does anyone here know how to tell Windows 7 Professional to drop all drive-letter assignments [except for A, B, C & D]?

Thus allowing all devices beyond the first internal HD to simply use whatever drive-letter is floating and available?  I keep running into trouble with external HDs that have had previously been hard-wired, assigned drive letters.  I am now believing I'm much better off letting Windows assign available drive-letters from the floating pool.


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Posted 30 September 2015 - 04:40 AM

I cleaned out all drive-letter assignments except for C & D in VolumeInfoCache [which is a subset of a subset somewhere in the registry].


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Posted 08 October 2015 - 10:58 AM

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Edited by RolandJS, 08 October 2015 - 11:49 AM.

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 11:24 AM

See the answer by user "Chicano" here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/266874-45-drive-letter-assignments-registry

 

It says it's for XP but it worked for me in 7... of course make proper backups when editing the registry. :)


Edited by Union_Thug, 08 October 2015 - 11:26 AM.


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Posted 08 October 2015 - 11:46 AM

tomshardware advises to not diddle with the harddrives. There is a "backdoor" approach to re-ordering things.
The first two hardrive partitions are always C & D. I've "hard-wired" the CD/DVD internals first, then the external ones -- that way, the additional hard-drives usually fall into place as E and F. The biggest plus about "hard-wiring" a CD/DVD device is that the drive letter remains the same regardless of how many installs take place out of said device, no need for hunting the drive-letter "six months ago" for a ReInstall.

Edited by RolandJS, 08 October 2015 - 11:48 AM.

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