I have an Addonics Combo Hard Drive enclosure (http://www.addonics.com/products/combo_hdd/aechdsa35.asp
). I have a serial ATA Western Digital drive in the enclosure, which I use to back up the server every day. The problem is that every time I put the drive back in the next day, the drive letter changes to the next one in order (if yesterday it was drive E, today it would be drive F). On top of this, if I use the Disk Management tool in Windows XP to change the drive letter back, I can't because it believes that the drive letter is in use when it's not (**seems as if Windows keeps the letter bound to a drive, even when the drive isn't physically there anymore). This means that I have to reboot in order to refresh the letter mappings so I can change the letter back.
This is a problem because I'm using Second Copy 2000 (http://www.centered.com
) and it will only back up to a specific drive letter. It's getting really annoying to have to reboot, then change the drive letter back, every time I manually run the backup, not to mention the fact that no one else is "qualified" to do this when I'm away.
Is there any way I can get a drive letter to stay bound to a removable hard drive? Perhaps if someone knew a way to refresh drive letter mappings without rebooting, then a script can run every time before backup is done.