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Windows 7: How do you mount a flash drive to a certain letter on any computer?

14 May 2014   #1
2CATteam

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
How do you mount a flash drive to a certain letter on any computer?

I'm working on a project that will run off my flash drive. Due to various limitations of the software I am using, the software must always look in the exact same directory for referenced files.

I don't have the option of installing a program on every computer I try to use it on, nor will I have administrator access.

Is there any way to force a drive to mount to the same drive letter on all host computers with these limitations? Perhaps by using the autorun.inf file?


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14 May 2014   #2
cyanna

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Right click on My Computer>Manage>Disk Management>You should see the USB drive in the list - right click> Change Drive Letter and Paths.
Should work without admin rights.........
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14 May 2014   #3
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

One tip when you assign a drive letter to a removable drive:
Choose a letter high up in the alphabet, between M and Z. This is because if a fixed drive in any machine you use the stick in already has the drive letter you choose, then the removable's letter will not 'stick' and will change.
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15 May 2014   #4
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Hi 2CATteam,

Check out on this. USB Drive Letter Manager - USBDLM

Experiment and let us know whether it did help.

EDIT: What I think is that your aim should be to always point to the files in the drive and not to give a specific drive letter to the drive. What if the user of the host computer has that drive letter assigned already?

Though I am not a programmer and have no programming acumen , from what I have read I presume you should be able to run this from your flash drive to install the necessary services on the host computer to kick start it and assign a drive letter that is not used on the host computer but always pointing to that flash drive.

I do remember that in one thread I had helped one user to get rid of some irritation on his computer that was always looking for a specific folder on a flash drive. That drive happened to be one from a software vendor doling his stuff on flash drives. I , as notorious as I am, have forgotten all details.
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