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Force drive letter for USB key

Posted on 2007-11-22
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Hello

I have an issue. Users log on and have a network drive connected to a database server. This drive is ssetup as E:, now when trhe users plug in a USB key it cannot be seen because the automatic setup selects the E:\ for the USB so unless I change manually the drive letter the USB will not be seen!

There must be a way to force the USB devices to start from a certain drive letter. We are running XP SP2

Thanks
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Question by:jqurashi
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Create a folder C:\USB
Use the program "USB MountManager" (http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html)  to map the USB key to C:\USB (make sure the user have rights on C:\USB)

Next import the next key into you're registry:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"CreateSubst"="subst U: C:\\USB"

Reboot you're machine (or run subst U: C:\USB)

That's it!
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by:gordhunt
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Another way I do it if you can't change the network mapping is to change the drive letter of the CD drive (d:) to something higher like S: etc and usually the USB key will pickup the first available drive letter which would then be d: instead of e:
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by:jqurashi
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It was a good workaround but the users don't have NTFS permissions on a newly created folder. Also the downloading of software onto the computer is somewhat frowned upon! But thanks anyway
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