what to do when all drive letters are used

May 10, 2011 at 07:54:56
Specs: Windows 7
I have a 500g internal hard drive and a 1 tb esat drive. In partitioning the 2 drives I have used up all available drive letters. I want to assign drive letters to a 1 tb usb drive that was given to me because without a drive letter assignment windows explorer does not recognize the drive. Is there a resolution to this problem?

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#1
May 10, 2011 at 10:19:14
The resolution is to reduce the amount of partitions/devices you are assigning drive letters to.

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May 10, 2011 at 13:01:12
I doubt you have used up all your letters unless you have mapped a bunch of network shares to drives or they are still locked.

At one time you could actually use aa, bb, cc, dd and such. Some apps allowed other ways.

You can consider mounting the partitions as folders under other drives.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#3
May 10, 2011 at 15:19:06
AA, BB, CC really? When did you see that in any OS?

I have seen this internet myth but never anyone who actually says they saw it.

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May 10, 2011 at 17:22:54
I have not only actually seen it but I have assigned the letters myself as part of a class.

I said it was aa, not AA.

It would have been in maybe 1987ish to maybe 1990.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#5
May 11, 2011 at 12:34:43
Instead of assigning drive letters you could mount NTFS folders.
Meaning everything you do inside this folder is directly done inside the mounted partition.
Note: This so called path is just a forward.
Deleting the mounted folder will only delete the path and not the data stored on this partition!!

workaround

-Select the partition you would like to mount.
-Right click it and then choose Change Drive Letter And Paths.
-Now click the Add button.
-Select Mount in the following empty NTFS folder radio button, and then select Browse… button.
-Select an empty folder that you want to mount this new partition. Click on New Folder to create a new directory if needed. Once selected the mounting folder, click OK button.

(If you wish to have the folder on your windows desktop then go to path
c:\users\YOUR USERNAME\desktop\).

I hope this will help you, Gordon!
It sure helps you to get rid of dull drive letters :)


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#6
May 11, 2011 at 15:13:11
OK aa. What OS was that in?
Some dos versions had lastdrive=32 like drdos but drives weren't assigned letters.

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