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Assign a different drive letter

Posted on 1999-01-04
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On a win95/98 system, how do you either assign a different drive letter than the default, or map a network drive to itself?

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by:Mirkwood
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For CDRom see http://cssweb.nectech.com/cdmsscsi/dvrltr95.htm
this can be done in the control panel system settings.

Network drives can just be mapped using any system. Just use attach and detach commands in the context menu.

For harddisk I don't think that it is possible
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by:acoker
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I have not found a way to map a network drive to itself, am I missing something? or is this not possible?  I believe you are correct, there is not a way, within windows to change the drive letter of a fixed disk, but is there possibly another solution ?

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by:Mirkwood
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How do you mean map a netwerk drive to itself?
Map a network drive P to to letter X?
No that's not possible. You can map X to the same destination as P of course.
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by:j_powers
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95/98 does not have an option to assign drive letters. If you are looking to change the CD ROM, then install your Real mode CD rom drivers, then go into autoexec.bat, and change the MSCDEX line to be a different drive. If you want a hard drive to be a different letter, then you will have to get a 3rd party program to manage that. win95/98 does not do that because of their "Plug and play" capability. WinNT does manage drive letters because of the Networking capabilities.

As for mapping a drive on the system, the only way you could do that, is connect to a network, share the drive you want remapped, then map the drive through the network (using \\[your computer]\[drive])

Good Luck
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by:acoker
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how do you cancel a question?
just a note, you cannot map a network drive to yourself, however my needs are met by a win95/98 command "subst" which effectively mapps a drive letter to a local drive/directory..

thanks.
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by:Otta
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> how do you cancel a question?

Since an "answer" has been proposed, you no longer can remove the question.

Instead, to remove it, post a 'zero' points question
into the "Customer Service" area.

Or, ask one of the "experts",  who has taken their time to provide comments, to post an "answer",
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by:j_powers
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You also have a delete option. But I am curious as to why you rejected my answer?
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by:Jason_S
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j_powers:  Yes you can change the drive letter of a CD-ROM without using Real Mode drivers.  This is done through Device Manager.
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vidrine earned 200 total points
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Of course, I'm assuming you're NOT speaking of CD-Roms, which can be changed in Control PanelDevice Manager.

There are two ways you could assign another drive letter to a hard drive, the first would require a network card being installed with appropriate networking drivers.  The other, quite easy, is using the old DOS SUBST command.  I.e.  to assign the letter I: to your C:\, you would use "SUBST I: C:\".  To have this exist always, simply add the command to your autoexec.bat. To undo the assignment, "SUBST I: /d"

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by:j_powers
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Jason_S

Not all drivers let you do that that way.

vidrine:

Didn't you even read the history? That was already mentioned by acocker. Nonetheless, doing the Subst command is letting DOS handle your drives instead of windows.
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by:Jason_S
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j_powers:  Not all Windows 9X drivers (from Device Manager)?  I have not run into this myself.  Most CD-ROM drives I could change the drive letter through Device Manager.  Not saying your wrong, I just haven't run into this myself.
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by:j_powers
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Only the older 1x, 2x and a couple 4x's did that. Of course, they were a pain to set up to begin with...
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by:Jason_S
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??  My 24X, and my CD Writer will both let me do this.  If you go into the CD-ROM properties, and go to the Settings tab, you can set Start, and End drive letters.  Using this , you can change the drive letter of the device.
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by:j_powers
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OK.
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by:Jason_S
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Does this work for you j_powers?  I think we were on diffrent pages.  : )

acoker:  Any progress with this?
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by:j_powers
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No, it does. I am just saying that there are CD drivers that don't allow this letter to be changed. I remember back when I was doing 95 support, we had to change a guy's CD Rom through the real mode drivers, and also another ini file in Windows.


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thankx.
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