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How do I change the letter of a drive?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Drjones, Feb 25, 2006.

  1. Drjones

    Drjones

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    I have a Maxtor USB external hard drive that I hook up to my laptop, and I also hook up my Sony digital camera to transfer photos.

    Last night, for some reason, the computer switched the letter of my HD and camera.

    Typically, it recognizes the my drive as "E:" and the camera as "F:".

    I have all my mp3's on the external HD and use iTunes. Since the location of the files has changed (they are now on F: instead of E:), it has screwed up my iTunes.

    How do I change the letter of the drive?? I really need to do this.

    Please help!

    Thanks!
     
  2. NetNinja

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    running Windows XP?

    Right click on My Computer.

    Select Manage

    Disk Management

    Right click on the drive you want to change the drive letter on

    Select Change Drive letter and paths
     

  3. Drjones

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    ThankyouthankyouthankyouTHANKYOU!!!!!!!!!

    You are the best!!

    You totally just saved me hours of work rebuilding my iTunes library!!!!!!

    Just out of curiosity, how/why did that happen?

    Here's exactly what I did when it happened:

    I had my camera plugged into my laptop, transferring photos.

    I wanted to update my iPod, so I connected and turned on the external HD.

    When I turned on iTunes, it couldn't find any of my files, and I noticed that the letters of the drives were swapped (camera used to be F, was now E, HD used to be E, was now F).

    How/why did that happen?

    Thanks SO much for the quick reply!!!
     
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    NetNinja Always Faithful

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    Windows just choose the next letter in the Alphabet. Sometimes it chooses the next letter sometimes it doesn't.

    FM Freaking magic.

    I am glad I helped.
     
  5. Drjones

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    Thanks again, you really saved me tons of aggravation!

    Is there any way for me to prevent the letters from switching, or does windows do it automatically?
     
  6. colsankey

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    Once you set it, it "sticks" but if you unplug that drive and put it back - the next time windows boots it will go through the procedure again. typically picking the next first letter available for the drive.

    If you dont unplug that drive often and you know how to manage the drive letters, your golden.