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  1. #1
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    Angry USB HDD driive letter changed

    OS = Win 8 64 bit

    My external drive letter has been changed from F to G and I can't figure out how to change it back again.

    I think the change probably occurred when I connected a USB memory stick and later disconnected it - it's drive letter was G. I have done this many times before and the USB drive letter did not change.

    This may not appear to be a big issue but none of the shortcuts relating to drive F work and this means that my backups don't work.

    I looked in Device Manager but could find no way to change the drive letter back.

    I have tried removing the drive using "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" then physically disconnecting the USB cable and restarting the computer. When the computer restarted I reconnected the USB cable but the drive letter was still G.

    What can I try next? I would also like to ensure it does not happen again.


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    Default Re: USB HDD driive letter changed

    From the main screen if you start typing "Disk Management", you can go in there. Select the drive, right-click on it and go to Change drive letter.

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  3. #3
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    Smile Re: USB HDD driive letter changed

    Thanks for your help - it worked a treat.

    On checking I find the same tool was available on XP and I never had a need to use it



  4. #4
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    Default Re: USB HDD driive letter changed

    Another tip. Set the drive letter to, say, U:, thus stopping the problem from recurring.

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