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busdriver12

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I have a couple of 8Gb flash drives which I use primarily for document backups. The other day I bought myself a 16Gb flash drive to combine the files backed up to the 2 separate flash drives and also to provided another level of redundancy for my backups.

I placed both flash drives into the PC so I could copy the existing content of the 8Gb drive onto the 16Gb drive. Windows assigned drive e: to the 16Gb drive and f: to the older 8Gb one. However, whenever I place the 8Gb drive into the PC it retains the f: drive letter previously used despite there being no other external drives in use.

What I need to do is release the drive letter (f:) currently assigned to the drive and re-assign e: to it as I use batch files to copy files to the drive like they used to. Any idea how I can do this?

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When you connected the two flash drives at the same time windows assign the F to the second one and now even if you connect only that one to it Windows remembers the flash drive and reassingns it the same drive letter.

With only your current F: flash drive connected you need to go to the Admistrative Tools\ComputerManagement\Disk Management menu and right click on your flash drive and change the Drive Letter Path to E:

Next time you connect the two Flah drives at the same time make sure you connect the one you want to E: attach to it first and then the 16gb flash drive second this way the second one will be given the letter F:

Hope that helps
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don't change it to E...that could be a cd/dvd drive...change the drive letter to M or n or anything up to z
that way uou know its not going to interfere with anything else
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When you connected the two flash drives at the same time windows assign the F to the second one and now even if you connect only that one to it Windows remembers the flash drive and reassingns it the same drive letter.

With only your current F: flash drive connected you need to go to the Admistrative Tools\ComputerManagement\Disk Management menu and right click on your flash drive and change the Drive Letter Path to E:

Next time you connect the two Flah drives at the same time make sure you connect the one you want to E: attach to it first and then the 16gb flash drive second this way the second one will be given the letter F:

Hope that helps


It sure did! I learnt something new about XP today - many thanks!

happyrock I have a single partition hard drive (c:) and a DVD drive (d:) so the next available drive letter on my system is e: which is what I want assigned to each flash drive when inserted into the system.

Thanks fellers for your help - much appreciated :D
:D

Edited by busdriver12, 25 April 2011 - 06:52 PM.

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When you connected the two flash drives at the same time windows assign the F to the second one and now even if you connect only that one to it Windows remembers the flash drive and reassingns it the same drive letter.

With only your current F: flash drive connected you need to go to the Admistrative Tools\ComputerManagement\Disk Management menu and right click on your flash drive and change the Drive Letter Path to E:

Next time you connect the two Flah drives at the same time make sure you connect the one you want to E: attach to it first and then the 16gb flash drive second this way the second one will be given the letter F:

Hope that helps


It sure did! I learnt something new about XP today - many thanks!

happyrock I have a single partition hard drive (c:) and a DVD drive (d:) so the next available drive letter on my system is e: which is what I want assigned to each flash drive when inserted into the system.

Thanks fellers for your help - much appreciated :D
:D



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