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Two drives using the same drive letter

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Let's say I have a network drive mapped as Y: on a computer. I also have an external hard drive that will be mapped as Y: when I connect it. For reasons I won't get into, I need both drives to be mapped as Y:.

Obviously, you can't access two drives at the same time using the same drive letter. So, what I usually do now, just before connecting the external hard drive, I unmap the network drive. Then when I disconnect the external drive, I remap the network drive as Y:

Is there any way, however, that I can set Windows (XP Home SP3) so that I won't have to unmap/remap the network drive? Meaning anytime I connect the external drive, it will automatically "overtake" the network drive as Y:? And then when I unplug the external drive, the network drive would automatically go back to being Y:?

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Disconnect the Network Drive (right-click My Computer), connect the External Drive and then you can reconnect the Network Drive and pick a new letter for it. You can only have one device per drive letter.
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