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Posted on 2009-05-19
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I've just plugged a Sony Walkman player into my usb port, but it (Vista Business) doesn't give it a drive letter, it calls it: "Computer\Walkman NWZ-B135\Storage Media..." which is all very well for drag n' drop, but I want to access the device thru code, Admin Tools/Diskmanagement sees it but won't list it as a drive. Is there any way I can either give it a drive letter or access the path thru code (the path must be well formed but just not as we know it)?
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by:LeeTutor
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If you right click it in Disk Management, you can't choose Change Drive Letter and Path...  ?
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by:halonx
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In Disk Management, right click on the partition and select Change Drive Letter and Paths, you should be able to change the drive letter there.

Sometimes this will happen if you have network drives mapped and then plug in a USB drive.  The USB drive wants to use the same drive letter the mapped network drive is using.
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i think its something spooky about these Sony's, it has some weird tranfer protocol, here is a post on m'soft website about it,
http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vistahardware/thread/cc1e7050-5c44-4eb4-97e7-8edfdb42f24d
but their solution (to download a patch which turns out to be a full music app from Sony, and I'd rather have a virus than have one of them on my machine again.
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by:Silas2
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if I run in .Net:

        Dim drs() As DriveInfo = DriveInfo.GetDrives
        Dim dr As DriveInfo
        For Each dr In drs
            Console.WriteLine(dr.Name)
        Next
it doesn't show up so I don't think it's categorized as a drive, it's more like a network share, if you right-click a folder on the device, the Context menu doesn't show the same options as a folder on the normal drives and there is no "Share" option. There must be some way of creating a path to it though shouldn't there?
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