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Windows 7: How to get Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit to always show the same HDD

15 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
How to get Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit to always show the same HDD

I have an issue with HDD letters being changed by the operating system. It is highly bothersome that I cant keep each volume letter unchanged so I can identify each one of my 6 hard drives + the Usb drives.
I always keep 2 HDD inside the PC tower plus another 4 inside an external enclosure. Additionally I have an external Sabrent USB-DSC5 Hard Drive adapter with one HDD or Optical drive connected to it and the PC.

Is it possible from Windows 7 to set it in such a way that the drives lettering e.g. C E F G H J K etc etc remain linked to each individual HDD?

If Windows does not offer that capability how do I solve this need? Is there any known software I could install that deals with this issue and solves it efficiently?


All help would be appreciated.

Thank you kindly.

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15 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Perhaps this free utility from Uwe Sieber will do what you want, USB Drive Letter Manager:

How to get Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit to always show the same HDD

Let us know. I have used it myself but for a different reason than yours.
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15 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

This looks like the method to use:
Change, add, or remove a drive letter
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Change, add, or remove a drive letter

You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.

If you don't like the letter Windows has assigned to a new drive or you want to organize your drive letters in a certain way, you can change the drive letter.

You can assign the letters C through Z to each drive on your computer
. A and B are usually reserved for floppy disk drives, but if your computer does not have floppy disk drives, you can assign A and B to volumes. You can see which drive letters are used on your computer by opening Computer.
  • Open Computer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Computer.


You can change, add, or remove a drive letter by using Computer Management.
  1. Open Computer Management by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Computer Management. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. In the Navigation pane, click Disk Management.
  3. Right-click the partition or drive that you want to change, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • To assign a drive letter if one has not already been assigned, click Add, click the letter that you want to use, and then click OK.
    • To change a drive letter, click Change, click Assign the following drive letter, click the letter that you want to use, and then click OK.
    • To remove a drive letter, click Remove, and then click Yes to confirm that you want to remove it.

Notes

  • Many MS‑DOS and Windows programs make references to specific drive letters. If you change a drive letter, some programs that you have installed on your hard disk might not work correctly.

  • You cannot change a drive letter if the drive is either a system partition or a boot partition. If you get an error, the partition or drive you are trying to change might be in use. Close any program or window that is using the partition or drive and try again.

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15 Sep 2011   #4

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Unless you dual boot, the internal drives should always remain the same. The external drives are sometimes named by the port they are connected to. I would suggest 1st to give the drives descriptive names so you can identify each one.What I do with external is assign them drive letters that Windows does not normally use. I have several, I assign them letters such as W, X Y,Z. You can right click on computer, select manage, then in the left column select disk management. Right click on each drive, select 'change drive letter or path' In the window that opens select change. And change the drive letter you want it to have. In doing this remember that windows will not allow you to assign the same drive letter to two different drives, so you may have to assign another drive a different letter temporarilly. then change it back to whatever you want it to be. The drive with the OS will always be C drive. If you dual boot, the drive letter will changr becayse whatever OS you boot into will always be C drive.
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15 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxseven View Post
Perhaps this free utility from Uwe Sieber will do what you want, USB Drive Letter Manager:

How to get Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit to always show the same HDD

Let us know. I have used it myself but for a different reason than yours.

Thank you MAXSEVEN,
Which is the name and/or link to that small free program you are referring to?
Thanks again
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