Solved New USB drive letter cause app to malfunction

October 29, 2011 at 18:41:52
Specs: Windows 7, 1.66 GHz / 2035 MB
I have an 500GB external hard drive that I use for installing applications on since my laptop only has a 16GB internal SSD. It has worked very well the past few months until today for some strange reason I can't even begin to explain, Windows decided to give the damn thing a new drive letter! Now none of my applications will launch. It use to connect as the E:/ drive, now in connects as the H:/ drive. How do I get it to say E:/ again? Please help, this is really important :( Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!

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#1
October 30, 2011 at 01:02:44
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This usually occurs because of extra drives being added - other flash drives, a memory card reader or whatever. Click on 'start' and then right-click 'computer' and choose 'manage'. Select 'disk management' and, for a start, see if something else has taken the 'e' drive.

If there's nothing labelled 'e' then right-click your external drive and select 'change driver letters and paths' - click on 'change' and select 'e' from the drop-down box.

If something is already using 'e' then try right-clicking on that and change the drive letter to something higher up and you can then change the letter on your external drive to use 'e'.

Note this may or may not be a permanent solution as obviously something changed it in the first place and so the problem may re-occur. The best solution is to set your external drive permanently to a higher letter so it isn't affected by other drives.

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#2
October 30, 2011 at 09:35:44
Yes, just change the letter back. First move your E to some higher letter and then return the usb hard drive to the lower letter.

Windows is supposed to try to return the letters back to the as first installed letter. The other usb must have been registered first.

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#3
October 30, 2011 at 09:41:39
Thanks man! This completely fixed my problem. You're awesome!

If I were to make the drive letter permanent how would I do that? I wouldn't risk loosing information would I? Would my drive still work on other computers?


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#4
October 30, 2011 at 10:01:47
If you choose a drive letter higher up then the system 'should' remember it the next time you plug it in, however, Windows can occasionally throw a wobbly and forget so it's not totally reliable, but if you leave the drive plugged in most of time you use it then you should be ok.

It has no effect on using it in other machines.

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