Solved

Force drive letter for USB key

Posted on 2007-11-22
3
2,494 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
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
0
Comment
Question by:jqurashi
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
3 Comments
 
LVL 7

Accepted Solution

by:
SjoerdvW earned 300 total points
ID: 20334979
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!
0
 
LVL 1

Assisted Solution

by:gordhunt
gordhunt earned 200 total points
ID: 20335197
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:
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:jqurashi
ID: 31410576
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
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: IP Lookup

Get more info about an IP address or domain name, such as organization, abuse contacts and geolocation.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Step by step guide to Clean and Sort your windows registry! Introduction: Always remember: A Clean registry = Better performance = Save your invaluable time In this article we're going to clear our registry manually! Yes, manually! The e…
Sometimes people don't understand why download speed shows differently for Windows than Linux.Specially, this article covers and shows the solution for throughput difference for Windows than a Linux machine. For this, I arranged a test scenario.I…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
If you’ve ever visited a web page and noticed a cool font that you really liked the look of, but couldn’t figure out which font it was so that you could use it for your own work, then this video is for you! In this Micro Tutorial, you'll learn yo…

729 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question