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Set all Removable Media to a certain drive letter

we have 3 usb storage devices (2 pen drive and one USB HDD) how to  Set all Removable Media to a certain  Fixed Drive letter drive letter

 iball 2 gb pen drive  Drive letter k:
 Kingstone  8 gb pen drive  Drive letter L:
 USB HDD 500 GB with 2 partition Drive Letters M,N How to assign Fixed drive letters same
 after restarting get same drive letters

Any Gui toll or useing regedit for this porpose???
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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
With drives connected simply go to Disk Management in control panel Computer management
You will see the drives listed and then you can change them to which ever letter you wish.

They will retain that letter so when you plug it in again it will have the same drive letter.
John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am pretty sure you also need to plug the USB key into the same port on the computer. If you plug it into a different port, it will run through the install again and could change letters.

Also remember that the user may take the key to a different or possibly home computer (allowed or not) and the letters could get further screwed up.

I do not think you can control this centrally.

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Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:

In order for your drive to retain the same letter, follow
1. Start your computer normally, check the drive letter for iball in my computer, for the purpose of this, let say it's K:
2. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
3. Click the Device Manager tab, and then double-click the iball to expand it.
4. Click your iball, click Properties, and then click the Settings tab.
5. Click K in the Start drive letter box, and then click K in the End drive letter box.
6. Click OK, click Close, and then click Yes when you are prompted to restart your computer.
7. Repeat for the other drives

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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
Just tested this

Have two different Pen Drives

Plugged into same usb port came up as F  Drive  changed the drive letter to O:

Then plugged in second pen drive it came up as F

Put first pen drive back in and it came up as O

So what ever drive letter you chose for that pen drive it will remain that for every time you plug it in to you computer usb port.
harisaboobakerAuthor Commented:
we canot understand 4th and 5th Steps can you give any screen short
Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
Apologies, I thought you are dealing with previous version of Windows.

From Windows XP, Windows assign the next available drive letter to the external drive.
It is permanent, windows will always assign the specified letter to the specific usb key if that letter is available. It will also happily assign this letter to a different usb key, if the original is not inserted.

In order to guarantee that a specific usb key always has the same drive letter,
insert the USB key and then go to the Disk Management Console then 'Storage'
Right-click the drive
Select 'Change Drive Letter and Paths' then assign it a specific drive. Then repeat the process for each USB key.

iball K:
USB HDD: M and N

Remember that when you are plugging in the external drives it must be as above otherwise as mentioned, the system will just assigned the next available drive.

There is commercial application that will assign this permanently , please check http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html

Once again, apologies for the earlier contribution.

Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
Is this windows 7?  IF so

1 click start
2 run
3 type disk management hit enter
4. Plug in first usb drive
5. right click select change drive letter and paths
6. click change then select new drive letter
7 click ok and ok
8 now your usb drive will have a new drive letter and it retain that letter.
9 repeat steps 4 thru 7 for each usb drive.
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