External drives not keeping assigned drive letters

I have 2 external drives that I use to back up to. I swap them out every week. I want them to both use drive letter X. They are never plugged in at the same time. If I plug in drive A and set the drive letter to X unplug it and plug it back in the drive is still set to drive X. If I plug drive B in and set it to X unplug it and plug it back in it is still set to drive X. If I unplug A and plug in B the drive reverts back to the next available drive letter (E) and if I am using B and switch it to A it does the same thing. Is there any way to keep both drives to use letter X?
ascendnetAsked:
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Did you try the utility I posted a link to? It should clear up any drive letter issues.
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Tony BarkdullCommented:
Have you tried assigning a drive letter in Disk management?

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista/870408-keeping-same-drive-letter-external.html
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rindiCommented:
Before you unplug the drive are you using the safely remove option, and wait until it tells you you can remove it?

If yes, then check the tool below, it could help:

http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html
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ascendnetAuthor Commented:
Yes I assign them the drive letter through disk management.

I will try the safely remove option and report back. Thanks for the tool recommendation.
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rindiCommented:
If you haven't used the safely remove option up to now you have risked your data. Before removing any external drive you must use that (or shut the system down before removing the disk), otherwise the file-system or even the drive can break.
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BigMarkCommented:
Have a look at an RDX solution - that way you the drive letters are always the same.  Several vendors supply RDX - HP, IBM, Imation, Tandberg Data etc.

These things will save you a lot of problems........



mark
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ascendnetAuthor Commented:
Ok sorry for the lateness of my reply...I tried using the eject and the drives did not retain drive letter assignment, They both went back to E. Something else I noticed is that one of the drives gets a "USB can perform faster if its plugged into a USB 2.0..." message when it is plugged in. I update the BIOS, Chipsets, and installed Windows 7 SP1. No change. These drives are exactly the same. 2 Maxtor's One Touch 4 Plus 250GB external drives. Is it possible that these message is messing up the drive letters? We are using the same cables (USB and POWER) between the 2 drives.
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ascendnetAuthor Commented:
@BigMark Unless these drives were to die, purchasing new drives isn't an option.
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ascendnetAuthor Commented:
Also I checked for any firmware updates on the drive and there were not any new firmwares.
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
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ascendnetAuthor Commented:
I have posted responses to some peoples recommendations and would like their feedback on this matter. The problem is not resolved yet.
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ascendnetAuthor Commented:
@Rindi that program worked well. To bad its not free but that does solve my problem. Thanks.
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ascendnetAuthor Commented:
Problem was not fixed without the participation of 3rd party software running.
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