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bk T
20-07-2008, 09:46 PM
Is it possible to assign a fixed driver letter to a removable HDD? This HDD is mainly used for backing up in 2 machines, one XP Pro and the other Vista Ultimate.


20-07-2008, 10:12 PM
In both XP and Vista you can manually assign drive letters to volumes to help with (semi-)automated tasks that relate to directory/file paths. I'm pretty sure manually setting them helps this along however I've found after a while it becomes undone. Give it try though as YRMV.

Right-click (My) Computer and select Manage (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/bkT-manage.png). From the left pane of Computer Management select Disk Management near the bottom (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/bkT-change.png). Wait a few seconds then select the volume you would like to assign a drive letter to and choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths...". The rest is pretty straight forward, just remember to free up a drive letter you would like to use if it's already in use.

bk T
20-07-2008, 10:52 PM
I can manually assign a drive letter but when I plug it to another machine, the drive letter changes automatically.

Is it possible to fix a drive letter, say, "Y" and to which ever machine I connect it, the drive letter will be "Y".

Speedy Gonzales
20-07-2008, 10:57 PM
If you want it to be Y, you'll have to change it to Y on every single computer you plug it into