Backup to internal SATA hot swap drive bay.

We have an internal hot swap able drive bay we would like to use for daily backups. It is running windows server 2003 enterprize ED R2. My goal it to be able to assign the same drive letter to mutiple drives that get changed out every day. The problem is windows just see's it as disk one and doesn't assign it a drive letter unless you manually assign it the same drive letter every time you change out the drives. Does anyone know of a registry setting or some sort of software I can use to accomplish this? I would perfer a registry setting if possible.
justintiernanAsked:
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DavidPresidentCommented:
Just because something has a hot swap drive bay does NOT mean that the disk sets the hot-swap bit in the device inquiry response.    Whether the disk is SCSI, SAS, SATA, fibre channel, or anything else, there is a command that the host O/S sends to a target that asks if it is a hot swap device.   Many vendors just make a hot swap bay and call it a "hot swap" device, without implementing the necessary software/firmware/hardware to identify the device as being hot swappable.

So this is why it is not working correctly, off-the-bat.

Personally, I think a much better solution is to buy an inexpensive eSATA or even USB3 controller and external enclosure.  Not only are these physical interfaces designed to be swapped thousands of times before the connection wears out (unlike a hotswap drive bay which may only be good for a few dozen insertions); but they actually set the hot-swap bit in the respective SCSI INQUIRY CDB and/or the ATA IDENTIFY DEVICE command.   If the hot-swap bit is set properly, then windows will remember the device and how it was mapped.  

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ry_berkCommented:
Check out this article, would this help:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928543
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btdownloads7Commented:
As long as you boot the computer with only one drive connected, It till assign it as C:, and after it boots up, you can connect the 2nd drive to use for backup.
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justintiernanAuthor Commented:
Ok, so esata comes up as the same drive letter everytime even if you are swaping out drives.
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DavidPresidentCommented:
You wisely chose an eSATA combo that is actually designed properly.  Just for the benefits of others, what did you purchase?
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justintiernanAuthor Commented:
I have not purchased one yet, I was asking a question. Does esata come up as the same drive letter every time it is swapped out with a different drive?
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DavidPresidentCommented:
it is supposed to, but depends on the implementation. same make , model of disk and same volume name (from windows)... and same partition layout.. plus the hotswap.

contact the enclosure and controller vendor.  they will be able to confirm for their hardware.
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justintiernanAuthor Commented:
So far I have found no hardware that will do this. Windows is going to assign it a different drive letter everytime even if it is the exact same type of hard drive or no matter what the connection type. Any other suggestions?
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DavidPresidentCommented:
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justintiernanAuthor Commented:
That is exactly what I've been looking for! I don't see a price though, do you know how much it cost for the software?
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DavidPresidentCommented:
Their website is high-rely.com
They sell through the channel, so you will have to go to websites of their resellers to get end-user pricing.
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