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Mapped and flash drives on laptops

Posted on 2011-03-05
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A laptop user has a drive mapped to F when logged into the network. When she's not logged into the network and uses a flash drive, it is mapped as drive F. The next time she logs into the network, F is unavailable until I go into drive management and change its drive letter - or change the network drive to F. Is there a way to "reserve" F so flash drives will map to G or above?
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i don't know if you can reserve a drive letter, but you can assign fixed  drive letters to USB : http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html      
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I'm assuming she has a multi media card reader on the PC? If she does, go into Disk management and change the one/all of the card readers to anything below F:, this will free up a drive letter or two for her USB drives to populate before going to drive F.

If she is going to use only one USB drive, you can assign it a drive letter so every time that drive is connected (unless she formats it, renames it or somehow changes it), it should be allocated that drive letter all the time. Annoying thing is has to be done on all drives connected.

Another option would be map the F: drive as persistent, so that even when she is off the network, she F: drive still appears as a drive, but if she goes to access it, she will get an error about being unable to access it. How are you mapping the drives? If its a command line based utility, try adding /PERSISTENT:YES to the mapping line. EG NET USE F: \\SERVER\DATA /PERSISTENT:YES

Hope this helps!

Cheers,

Todd
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I think this Previously Answered Question might have your answer (use the capability to mount drives):

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21508814.html
Setting default drive letter to be assigned to USB storage device
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Also it is much better to use letters from alphabet's middle for mapped networks drives (for example from L to U )
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Thanks to you all. I just remoted in to the user's laptop and changed the card reader to M and the DVD drive to D. Hopefully, flash drives will install as E. F is persistently mapped. The user is in another town, travels frequently, and probably won't be back to the office with the docking station until Friday. I'll report back. Appreciate your help.
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No worries, let us know if you need more ideas!
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Just a note that the user has not returned to the office. We also added the net delete drive command in the login script right before the line that maps it. Surely she won't have this problem again. Will let you know as soon as I hear.
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User is still detained away from office. Should know something by the end of the week.
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Thanks to all who responded.
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