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I have few USB portable drives which I keep on changing. Is there a way to reserve a perticular letter to each drive?

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Which version of Windows? –  bobobobo Jan 6 '11 at 13:33

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When you plug in the USB drive, you need to access "Computer Management". On Win XP its in Start / Administrative Tools / Computer Management, if you don't have it, follow a tutorial on this.

Now once you're there nav to Storage / Disk Management. From there find the USB drive you want to re-assign, and right click it and choose "Change drive letter and paths".

When you give a USB device a new letter your system will actually re-assign it that same letter when you plug it in the next time.

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from google of "How to reserve Drive Letter to USB drive"

USBDLM V4.5.8 - USB Drive Letter Manager for Windows 2000, XP and higher

http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html

Never used it, but looks promising.

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Windows supports the ability natively –  bobobobo Jan 6 '11 at 13:34
    
Yes, but it requires you have the necessary privileges. USBDLM appears to offer functionality around that. From the linked page: "Running as service makes it independent of the logged on user's privileges, so there is no need to give the users the privilege to change drive letters." Not worth a down-vote. –  oKtosiTe Jan 6 '11 at 13:53

I asked a very similar (same?) question. The answer was basically USBDLM.

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That answer was already given. –  oKtosiTe Jan 6 '11 at 13:54
    
Yes but my point was that a)the question already exists and b)as it's been around a while, that's likely to be the best answer. –  andygrunt Jan 6 '11 at 14:11

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