Drive letter assigned USB keys

We are using XP pro and have noticed that although when we insert a USB memory key it does not create a drive letter, and so just sits there saying it exists.
in My Computer:
A: - Floppy
B: - Unassigned
C: - Hard Drive
D: - CD-RW
E: - DVD rom
F: network drive
U: network drive

What we found was that the memory key insists on using the volume label F:
even though it has previously been assigned,
on machines where there is no DVD-rom it will assign the memory key to E:

can anyone enlighten me as to how we can use the USB key without first having to disconnect the network drive and assign it to a different label

Tristan
(and my house is clean thank you very much, after the show we kept it that way)


HickymanzAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Adrian DobrotaNetworking EngineerCommented:
Microsoft is aware about that , but as usual, they don't care. Read this: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;297694
anyway...there's a workaround listed there

hope this explains your computer's behaviour

Kronos
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
andyalderCommented:
If you move the cdrom and dvd to y: and z: the key will autoassign itself as d: which won't collide with the mapped network share.
0
Adrian DobrotaNetworking EngineerCommented:
thank you andy
    :>)  
0
Ultimate Tool Kit for Technology Solution Provider

Broken down into practical pointers and step-by-step instructions, the IT Service Excellence Tool Kit delivers expert advice for technology solution providers. Get your free copy now.

Adrian DobrotaNetworking EngineerCommented:
and thank you hickymanz
0
HickymanzAuthor Commented:
No worries this service / website is probably the most useful to every IT professionals and should win many many awards
0
andyalderCommented:
I was a bit slow: typed the standard workaround before cronostm submitted their comment, got a support call and sorted it, them pressed submit. Should have refreshed first...
0
Adrian DobrotaNetworking EngineerCommented:
 :-)   I was lucky  this time

Cheers Andy
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Storage

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.