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Windows 7: USB Stick drive letters keep changing

18 Jun 2012   #1
thomo2710

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
USB Stick drive letters keep changing

Hi,

I use 3 USB sticks to backup data on a Win 7 machine

Stick 1 does M,W,F
Stick 2 does Tu + Th
Stick 3 does Sun

I am having problems assigning them all to the same drive letter.

I have tried assigning them individually in Disk Management to M: , which happens but as soon as the 2 of the sticks gets removed and put back in they go back to either H or G

I have looked at this thread and the registry fix didnt help either.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

I need all 3 sticks to be given the drive letter M and to keep it. (obv only 1 stick is in at a time.)

How can i do this please?

System uses the following drives

C: is OS drive (sata)
D: Is HP Recovery Partition
E: is DVD drive
F: is Storage hard drive. (sata)
V,W,X,Y,Z are all drives assigned to the removable memory card reader in the machine.

Thanks in advance


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18 Jun 2012   #2
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thomo2710 View Post
Hi,
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I am having problems assigning them all to the same drive letter.

I have tried assigning them individually in Disk Management to M: , which happens but as soon as the 2 of the sticks gets removed and put back in they go back to either H or G

I need all 3 sticks to be given the drive letter M and to keep it. (obv only 1 stick is in at a time.)

How can i do this please?
...
This is the way Windows works.
You will need this: USB Drive Letter Manager - USBDLM
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18 Jun 2012   #3
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The only time you may have an issue is when you have two or more plugged in at once. If they are plugged in one at a time, they should all grab the same letter. I use 10 various flash drives and they all grab F for me.

On that note, a USB flash drive is a horrible backup medium. You could simplify your process by getting one external drive, or using a could backup service.
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18 Jun 2012   #4
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

I'm a little confused. You can only have ONE M drive letter at a time.

If the drive letter is used, the next stick takes the lowest letter available (G) and the next one take the next lowest (H). Your comment says "if I take two out and plug them back in....."

That's normal Windows behavior. Maybe I'm missing something.

Have you tried what you want? One stick in at a time? If you assign it M - when only one stick is in - it should remember the drive letter for each stick. I don't know what happens if you assign each one M and then plug all three in - does it lose it's assignment?

The trick here, methinks, is one stick at a time - assign M to it - remove stick - do same for next stick.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thomo2710 View Post
I have tried assigning them individually in Disk Management to M: , which happens but as soon as the 2 of the sticks gets removed and put back in they go back to either H or G

I need all 3 sticks to be given the drive letter M and to keep it. (obv only 1 stick is in at a time.)
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