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    usb drive letter problem

    I was hoping with SP3 they would have fixed the problem of USB drives not getting a drive letter if there are lots of mapped drives..

    Anyone ever found a fix for this problem?

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    right click my computer>manage>>disk management> select the device and right click select change drive letter and give it a letter thats not in use. whenever you plug it in again it will pick up this letter always

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    thanks yeh that works fine but is a pain in the ass and students dont have permissions to change that kinda stuff on the classroom computers.

    After I had posted this I noticed in the related links something about USBDLM so I will check that out.

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    we run a startup script that changes the cd drive letter to z: so usb pens will always get d:

    have a search for diskpart

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    USB drive letter manager - USBDLM
    We use this USBDLM and it works great. You can tweak it to exactly how you want it to work.

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    USBDLM works great indeed

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    I was hoping with SP3 they would have fixed the problem of USB drives not getting a drive letter if there are lots of mapped drives..
    I've never had this problem on any of the networks I support. When you say lots of mapped drives, how many are we talking about? Theoretically, working on the presumption A (floppy), B (floppy 2), C (local disk), and D (disc drive) are used up, you have another 22 letters available.

    I normally have about 11/12 network drives as a domain administrator, leaving another 11 free drive letters. Windows normally just allocates the next available drive letter.

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    C: and D: are HDs and E is a CD/DVD

    We've 15 mapped network drives starting with F:

    Windows choses the next drive letter after the last physical drive

    so in my case it chooses F: for the USB drive

    Its been a problem with XP since day 1

    But this usbdlm works great and ive added a wee batch file to the computers' startup to install it so they all should be running it by next week

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    Interesting point, I wasn't aware XP chose the next drive after the last physical drive. I'll have to experiment with that.

    On all my networks, I start with H:\ upwards, because H:\ = home drive. In theory, if you re-worked your drive letters in your logon scripts, (which is easy to do), it would be a much simpler solution to the problem.

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    We had same problem, just changed the mapped drives to start from K:\ onwards which leaves pleanty of room for USB pens

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    Indeed xp does exhibit this stupid behaviour.

    We also use usbdlm.

    Ben

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    remapping them isnt an option just now.. might look at that for the summer perhaps.

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    We too use USBDLM with great success

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjabeaver View Post
    USB drive letter manager - USBDLM
    We use this USBDLM and it works great. You can tweak it to exactly how you want it to work.
    Same work very well

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    Quote Originally Posted by markcuk View Post
    we run a startup script that changes the cd drive letter to z: so usb pens will always get d:

    have a search for diskpart
    could you please PM that script please?

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