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Windows 7: Remembering drive letters

15 Apr 2010   #21

Windows 7 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by imacken View Post
Why doesn't MS get rid of the whole drive letter thing anyway?
Surely it's just a legacy thing that has no place in a modern OS.
They did sort of. You can set Windows 7 to not display them if you want. I've done it on my system. As long as you use good volume labels it shouldn't be a problem.
I think that was in Vista too.
It's purely cosmetic though. The drive letters are still there and the OP would still have his problem.
Dare I mention that OS X doesn't use antiquated drive letters, just volume names.

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15 Apr 2010   #22


Well, I believe that I have found the cause of this problem. I run an auto-defragger utility (Iobit's Smart Defrag) that has a feature to auto-defrag my hard drives. For whatever reason, this utility was suddenly not completely releasing the drives via the Safely Remove Hardware applet... and as a result, was hanging onto the drive/drive letter in the background... this kept the drive letter(s) out of the pool of available drive letters when the drives were reconnected. Not sure why the system let me disconnect the drives in the first place... but when the drives were reconnected, the system saw that X: was assigned and just gave it the next sequential drive letter.

I have killed the Smart Defrag utility, and the system is again behaving as expected/wanted.

Thank you all for your help and suggestions.
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