Do not replace hardware for this issue. The USB Memory Key and operating system are working as designed. Microsoft identifies the problem under article number Q297694. There are no plans to change the operating system to address this issue. As a workaround, right-click My Computer and select â€œManage> Disk Management,â€� then reassign the Memory Key (listed as a removable storage device) to another available drive letter.
No drive letter is assigned to the USB Memory Key under My Computer running Windows XP and Windows XP SP1
When the USB Memory Key is detected by the operating system the device is assigned a drive letter as the next logical drive after all other physical drives in the system. For example, if the system is configured with 2 hard drives, 2 optical drives, and a USB Memory key the default configuration under windows XP will likely be:
C:> = physical hard drive 1
D:> = physical hard drive 2
E:> = physical optical drive 1
F:> = physical optical drive 2
G:> = USB Memory Key
The Memory Key is not assigned a drive letter when the next logical drive, after the physical drives, is mapped to a network drive. So if, the next available drive letter after the physical drives is assigned to the network drive the USB Memory Key will not be assigned the drive under My Computer or Windows Explorer.
Note: this issue is not System specific and all USB memory devices, or devices such as removable hard drives, will have this issue under Windows XP. Windows 2000 is not affected by this issue.
(Moderator edit: moved post to more appropriate forum. jgweed)
Moderator Edit: Added a topic descriptor. ~ Animal
Edited by Animal, 08 June 2007 - 11:40 AM.