USB drive mapping



Is there anyway to designate which drive letters a USB storage device will

I have a WinXP Pro, SP2, workstation attached to a domain and I have several
mapped drives that are assigned to me. Additionally, I have one floppy, two
hard drives and two CD drives. These take up A, C, D, E, and F. The
mappings use G, I, N and Z. The probelm occurs when I plug in any type of
USB storage device (my thumb drive or cammera). It automatically gets
assigned G drive. I can access the USB device but when I go to properties, I
get the mapped drives info. Ultimately I would like to designate drive
letters P and/or Q.

Can it be done or is it supposed to do it and I am actully having a problem?

Thanks for your help!



It can be done. What you need to do is:

1. Plug your thumb drive in
2. Right click my computer and go to manage
3. Go to disk managment
4. Find your Thumb drive in the upper portion of the screen and right click
5. Select Drive letters and paths
6. Designate a drive letter that isn't being used to connect to a network
7. Problem solved.

Hope that helps!

Anando [MS-MVP]


Its best to assign drive letters backwards from Z: to network drives. Alternatively, you can also
reassign the drive letter for the USB drive through the disk management snap-in.

How to change drive letter assignments in Windows XP


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Is there any way to keep the system from searching the external drive and
finding media? Everytime I plug the drive in it does this.


I appreciate the replies, but they do not solve the problem. I cannot right
click the drive letter and set autoplay to off and have it stick. Everytime
I power up the external drives, it re-establishes the drive letters and
immediately autoplays.

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