USB mapped drive problem



Clayton Sutton
07-10-2005, 01:55 AM
Hey everyone,

I am running Windows XP Pro. and have a number of drives mapped. My last
drive is G:. Now I need to install another USB device. The problem is that
it wont map to drive D:. It seems to want to use G:. If I dismount the G:
drive and THEN plug in the new USB device (Hard Drive) it will take drive G:
and everything works fine. Anyone know why it wont take drive H:? Thnaks
for any input.


Clayton

Shenan Stanley
07-10-2005, 01:55 AM
Clayton Sutton wrote:
> I am running Windows XP Pro. and have a number of drives mapped. My
> last drive is G:. Now I need to install another USB device. The
> problem is that it wont map to drive D:. It seems to want to use G:.
> If I dismount the G: drive and THEN plug in the new USB device (Hard
> Drive) it will take drive G: and everything works fine. Anyone know
> why it wont take drive H:? Thnaks for any input.

Badly written code.
At least that is my determination so far.
I have had thumb drives refuse to be anything but E.. Had to give them E
and reassign in Disk Manager to something else before they would stop doing
that. And then it seemed to be a per-user thing.

Try reassigning your G temporarily to something else.. Let the drive grab G,
use Disk manager to give it another drive letter, disconnect it, reconnect
to your normal G, plug it back in.. Did that work?

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--

Clayton Sutton
07-10-2005, 01:55 AM
Thanks Shenan,

I'll give that a try and report back.


Clayton



"Shenan Stanley" <newshelper@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Clayton Sutton wrote:
>> I am running Windows XP Pro. and have a number of drives mapped. My
>> last drive is G:. Now I need to install another USB device. The
>> problem is that it wont map to drive D:. It seems to want to use G:.
>> If I dismount the G: drive and THEN plug in the new USB device (Hard
>> Drive) it will take drive G: and everything works fine. Anyone know
>> why it wont take drive H:? Thnaks for any input.
>
> Badly written code.
> At least that is my determination so far.
> I have had thumb drives refuse to be anything but E.. Had to give them E
> and reassign in Disk Manager to something else before they would stop
> doing that. And then it seemed to be a per-user thing.
>
> Try reassigning your G temporarily to something else.. Let the drive grab
> G, use Disk manager to give it another drive letter, disconnect it,
> reconnect to your normal G, plug it back in.. Did that work?
>
> --
> Shenan Stanley
> MS-MVP
> --
>

Clayton Sutton
07-10-2005, 01:55 AM
Hey Shenan,

That worked! It even worked AFTER a reboot. Thanks for your help.


Clayton




"Shenan Stanley" <newshelper@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Clayton Sutton wrote:
>> I am running Windows XP Pro. and have a number of drives mapped. My
>> last drive is G:. Now I need to install another USB device. The
>> problem is that it wont map to drive D:. It seems to want to use G:.
>> If I dismount the G: drive and THEN plug in the new USB device (Hard
>> Drive) it will take drive G: and everything works fine. Anyone know
>> why it wont take drive H:? Thnaks for any input.
>
> Badly written code.
> At least that is my determination so far.
> I have had thumb drives refuse to be anything but E.. Had to give them E
> and reassign in Disk Manager to something else before they would stop
> doing that. And then it seemed to be a per-user thing.
>
> Try reassigning your G temporarily to something else.. Let the drive grab
> G, use Disk manager to give it another drive letter, disconnect it,
> reconnect to your normal G, plug it back in.. Did that work?
>
> --
> Shenan Stanley
> MS-MVP
> --
>

Shenan Stanley
07-10-2005, 01:55 AM
Clayton Sutton wrote:
> I am running Windows XP Pro. and have a number of drives mapped. My
> last drive is G:. Now I need to install another USB device. The
> problem is that it wont map to drive D:. It seems to want to use
> G:. If I dismount the G: drive and THEN plug in the new USB device
> (Hard Drive) it will take drive G: and everything works fine. Anyone know
> why it wont take drive H:? Thnaks for any input.

Shenan Stanley wrote:
> Badly written code.
> At least that is my determination so far.
> I have had thumb drives refuse to be anything but E.. Had to give
> them E and reassign in Disk Manager to something else before they
> would stop doing that. And then it seemed to be a per-user thing.
>
> Try reassigning your G temporarily to something else.. Let the drive
> grab G, use Disk manager to give it another drive letter, disconnect
> it, reconnect to your normal G, plug it back in.. Did that work?

Clayton Sutton wrote:
> Hey Shenan,
>
> That worked! It even worked AFTER a reboot. Thanks for your help.

Glad to hear it!

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--

Tim Slattery
07-10-2005, 01:55 AM
"Clayton Sutton" <none@none.com> wrote:

>Hey everyone,
>
>I am running Windows XP Pro. and have a number of drives mapped. My last
>drive is G:. Now I need to install another USB device. The problem is that
>it wont map to drive D:. It seems to want to use G:. If I dismount the G:
>drive and THEN plug in the new USB device (Hard Drive) it will take drive G:
>and everything works fine. Anyone know why it wont take drive H:? Thnaks
>for any input.

Seems to be a WinXP bug. In my experience, the USB drive always takes
the letter right after your last hard drive partition, regardless of
whether something else (like a network drive) already has it. I've
taken to not using that letter for network mappings, leaving it
available for USB drives.

--
Tim Slattery
MS MVP(DTS)
Slattery_T@bls.gov

Bob I
07-10-2005, 01:55 AM
For auto mapping, Local drives map from A-Z, Network drives map from
Z-A. If you map drives yourself then you have to sort it yourself.

Clayton Sutton wrote:

> Hey everyone,
>
> I am running Windows XP Pro. and have a number of drives mapped. My last
> drive is G:. Now I need to install another USB device. The problem is that
> it wont map to drive D:. It seems to want to use G:. If I dismount the G:
> drive and THEN plug in the new USB device (Hard Drive) it will take drive G:
> and everything works fine. Anyone know why it wont take drive H:? Thnaks
> for any input.
>
>
> Clayton
>
>

Bob I
07-10-2005, 01:55 AM
Not a bug, it's been standard NT mapping for a long time. Local go A-Z,
network goes Z-A.

Tim Slattery wrote:

> "Clayton Sutton" <none@none.com> wrote:
>
>
>>Hey everyone,
>>
>>I am running Windows XP Pro. and have a number of drives mapped. My last
>>drive is G:. Now I need to install another USB device. The problem is that
>>it wont map to drive D:. It seems to want to use G:. If I dismount the G:
>>drive and THEN plug in the new USB device (Hard Drive) it will take drive G:
>>and everything works fine. Anyone know why it wont take drive H:? Thnaks
>>for any input.
>
>
> Seems to be a WinXP bug. In my experience, the USB drive always takes
> the letter right after your last hard drive partition, regardless of
> whether something else (like a network drive) already has it. I've
> taken to not using that letter for network mappings, leaving it
> available for USB drives.
>

roman modic
07-10-2005, 01:55 AM
>> Try reassigning your G temporarily to something else.. Let the drive
>> grab G, use Disk manager to give it another drive letter, disconnect
>> it, reconnect to your normal G, plug it back in.. Did that work?
>
> Clayton Sutton wrote:
>> Hey Shenan,
>>
>> That worked! It even worked AFTER a reboot. Thanks for your help.
>

BTW, if you will attach different USB Mass Storage device, it will assign
G to the new device. Long-term solution would be to permanently change
the letter(s) of your CD/DVDs (which are somewhere between D and G
I assume) to P,Q,R,S and so on, for example.

Roman

Tim Slattery
07-10-2005, 01:55 AM
Bob I <birelan@yahoo.com> wrote:

>Not a bug, it's been standard NT mapping for a long time. Local go A-Z,
>network goes Z-A.

It's not a bug if a newly arrived device takes a letter that's already
in use? Sure looks like a bug to me!

--
Tim Slattery
MS MVP(DTS)
Slattery_T@bls.gov


USB mapped drive problem