You only get 26 drive letters, and bad news: Normally the first three are already allocated before you start your computer!
I have found a nice utility that will assign your USB devices to a set you want not what the OS wants. Cool!
Why it happens -
When you install/attach a physical device or memory device to your computer either through the use of a drive interface, the parallel or serial port (old school), or the USB port the OS assigns the next available
one to the device.
Running out of them is a bummer isn't it?
Constantly fighting with drive-letters every time you connect a USB device to
Remapping those network shares after connecting a USB pen device?
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The precedence is give to physical devices over network or subsist drives such as your share drive on a server or when you assign say
device letter K: to your floppy device instead of A: or B:.
Lets say (as in my case) I have a device letter assigned to my network device that I use for my back up, it is the first non physical assigned device letter. When I connect one of my pen devices to my computer that network device is removed from the network and assigned to the pen device.
Now this presents a problem if the pen device is connected and the backup runs as scheduled, it will write the backup to the pen device and when it is full will error out.
Now I will have to manually do the backup, delete all the files written to the pen device, in other words a mess.
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Until I found this utility:
The Manager is a fairly easy program to install and configure. I have been using this utility for over
years now and very pleased with it. It passes all AV programs I run on six computers also.
This is not a free program but it only costs $15.00, not that expensive in my
By selecting one or more characters I tell the Operating System where the
device will reside when I connect it, this has some very nice implications, if I
use a batch file to say back up certain files to the device then it will put the
files on the that device not some place else, or if I want to temporarily copy a
file I can again use a batch file to get the file and place it where I need it.
No more changing my network devices when I connect a USB device. Cool!