Community Newsletter: Q&A forum: How do I stop Windows from reassigning my external drive letters?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) March 14, 2008 10:05 AM PDT

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How do I stop Windows from reassigning my external drive letters?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 3/14/08 10:05 AM

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Greetings! Windows has many annoying "features" that we all
have to put up with. My main complaint is that regularly
Windows decides to make changes to settings, which then have
to be re-set by the user. I'll give two examples. I
regularly connect USB external hard drives and USB flash
memory cards. Using Computer management's Disk Manager, I
will change the drive letter. My Toshiba hard drive is set
to (T:) and the Western Digital to (W:). My flash card is
set to (U:). These all have a desktop icon. I'll also set
the action required when plugged in to open a folder. Then
Windows decides to change the letter and prompts for what to
do, rather than automatically open a folder. Is there a
method to this madness, so that the assigned drive letter
stays assigned? Any detail explanation why this happens and
how I can fix this annoyance is appreciated.

Submitted by: Reg

Snippet from community newsletter (3/21/08):

Reg, I can see your frustration. I know that if you have
desktop icons created for those removable drives, once you
remove them and plug them back in, the desktop shortcuts will
not access those drives again--because Windows naturally
reassigned the drive letters to the next available drive
letter. Unfortunately, many of our members' answers stated
that its something you cannot change in Windows--here is a
simple explanation by our member alswilling and another more
detailed answer by member bus. Other members suggested not
unplugging those drives and they will remain assigned to the
drive letters, but that makes the removable in removable
drive pointless. However, I did come across a solution by our
member techtype who suggests a program called, USB Drive
Letter Manager (a note of warning that I have not tried or
tested this software nor am I here to support it, so if you
decide to try this software, purchase and use this software
at your own risk.) However, if it works out please let us
know. If any members have any other solutions to Reg's
question, please let us know about it. The topic is open for
discussion and I look forward to see what you have to offer.
Have a fantastic weekend folks, thanks for all your efforts
in helping one another out.

Answer by alswilling
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=287775&messageID=2729941#2729941

Answer by bus
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=287775&messageID=2733679#2733679

Answer by techtype
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=287775&messageID=2729937#2729937

Please read thread below for more advice from our members. If you have any additional solution for Reg, click the reply link and in detail, post your recommended solution. Thanks!

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