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Can you lock a Windows drive letter for a removable drive?

QUESTION: When using External USB 2.0 Hard drives, I find Windows seems to assign drive letters willy nilly. I am looking for a way to have Windows issue drive letters, or auto mount these drives (I have 2, only 1 is ever in the system at once) to a certain folder, in this case c:\backup. After relying on windows acting reliably, and naming the USB drives with the first available letter, I have found it is actually giving the letter after the letter the old drive occupied, whether properly removed or not. I am guessing there is a timeout value, before it frees that drive letter up for other devices? Either way, if there is a quick way to script an automount action for these drives, somewhat like what I can do with Linux, that would be great.

Thank you!

Adam Foley

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ANSWER: If you are using Windows 2000 or XP you can go into Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Disk Management.

With the USB drive plugged in you should now see it as a separate drive. Right-click and go to properties. Here you can assign a drive letter. Next time you plug it in you will get the same drive letter.

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