Reserve drive letter, Windows XP

  Gary Wood 12:03 21 May 2006

In Windows 98 it was possible to set a reserved letter for drives, e.g. the CD drive as D:, so that even if that drive was not present on startup, if another drive (e.g. USB key) was connected, it would not be assigned to D: but would take the next unreserved letter (say, E:).

Can anyone advise how this can be achieved in Windows XP? I can change the drive letter by going into Disk Management within Computer Management (via the Control Panel). However, if the drive I change is not present on startup, the appropriate letter is not reserved.

This is causing me problems with an external HDD I use for backups. I don't have it turned on all the time, but when I do, I always want it to have a specific drive letter. The trouble is, if it's not on and I connect another device (e.g. a card reader) then the drive letter gets used and so when the HDD then powers up it ends up with the next available letter.

  Marsh Warden © ™ 13:03 21 May 2006

Don't know if it will work, but have you tried assigning it to Z

  Marsh Warden © ™ 13:24 21 May 2006

Also this seems to do what you want click here that is if you can understand it.

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