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Hi,

Is it common for XP to "lose" a drive letter?

I have two HDs each with several partitions and a USB HD. (Plus a CD writer
& DVD reader)

For over 6 months, the partitions took the drive letters D-H. The USB Hard
disk got the letter "I" and the CD & DVD were allocated K & L. Today, on
rebooting, I was unavailable and everything was up one. On unplugging and
replugging the USB drive and rebooting, everything came back to normal, but
I got to wondering. How are these drive letters allocated and stored, and if
everything gets scrambled again, is there a better way of fixing it?
--
All the Best
Ian Hoare
http://www.souvigne.com
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Yes, it happens! Here's a link explaining the "rules" that Windows uses to
    assign drive letters.
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/books/troubleshooting/solutions/89.asp

    As the title of the article states, it's usually associated with some change
    to your system. In my case, I couldn't get my new SATA drive to register as
    C:\. In order to get it to be C:\ I had to unhook my IDE drives and reload
    that operating system.

    Good luck!

    "Ian Hoare" wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > Is it common for XP to "lose" a drive letter?
    >
    > I have two HDs each with several partitions and a USB HD. (Plus a CD writer
    > & DVD reader)
    >
    > For over 6 months, the partitions took the drive letters D-H. The USB Hard
    > disk got the letter "I" and the CD & DVD were allocated K & L. Today, on
    > rebooting, I was unavailable and everything was up one. On unplugging and
    > replugging the USB drive and rebooting, everything came back to normal, but
    > I got to wondering. How are these drive letters allocated and stored, and if
    > everything gets scrambled again, is there a better way of fixing it?
    > --
    > All the Best
    > Ian Hoare
    > http://www.souvigne.com
    > mailbox full to avoid spam. try me at website
    >
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