USB port drive letter assignment


G

Guest

WIN7 ultra has assigned a drive letter to each USB port. This is
creating problems with a number of programs used on this computer. I
remember Vista did the same thing. But I cannot remember how I got
rid of them. Help would be appreciated. TIA
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R. C. White

Hi, no-spam.

wrote in message
WIN7 ultra has assigned a drive letter to each USB port. This is creating
problems with a number of programs used on this computer. I remember
Vista did the same thing. But I cannot remember how I got rid of them.
Help would be appreciated. TIA
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What kind of problems?

Have you tried using Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to assign or reassign -
or remove - drive letters?

RC
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Windows Live Mail 2011 (Build 15.4.3508.1109) in Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
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no_one

R. C. White said:
Hi, no-spam.



What kind of problems?

Have you tried using Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to assign or reassign -
or remove - drive letters?
Thanks for the reply. I would use Disk Management if I could find
it.


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Paul

WIN7 ultra has assigned a drive letter to each USB port. This is
creating problems with a number of programs used on this computer. I
remember Vista did the same thing. But I cannot remember how I got
rid of them. Help would be appreciated. TIA
http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html

"Card Readers

The typical 20-in-1 card reader eats one drive letter for each of
its slots - if we have a card [inserted] for [it] or not.

USBDLM can remove the reader's drive letter until a media is inserted.

[Settings]
NoMediaNoLetter=1

USBDLM assigns then a drive letter as configured. If you need different
drive letters for a multislot cardreader, then use the criterion
'DeviceType' in a DriveLetters section (MSCR is short for
MultiSlotCardReader):

[DriveLetters1]
DeviceType=MSCR
Letters=R,W
"

So it is possible to find a way to prevent a drive letter from showing,
on an unequipped memory card reader.

Paul
 
R

R. C. White

Hi, no-spam.

To run Disk Management, just press the Windows key (or click Start), type
"diskmgmt.msc" and press Enter.

RC
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R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2011 (Build 15.4.3508.1109) in Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1


wrote in message
R. C. White said:
Hi, no-spam.



What kind of problems?

Have you tried using Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to assign or reassign -
or remove - drive letters?
Thanks for the reply. I would use Disk Management if I could find
it.


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N

Nil

Thanks for the reply. I would use Disk Management if I could
find it.
I'm thinking you can't have looked very hard, 'cause it's right there
in Control Panel, under Computer Management.
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Thanks for the reply. I would use Disk Management if I could find
it.
Disk Management is in the Computer Management console. Computer
Management can be found in the Administrative Tools folder, either on
the Control Panel or on the Programs menu. Or you can right click on
"Computer" in Explorer and select "Manage."
 
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Ant

WIN7 ultra has assigned a drive letter to each USB port...
Ultra? Did you mean Ultimate?
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BillW50

Paul said:
WIN7 ultra has assigned a drive letter to each USB port. This is
creating problems with a number of programs used on this computer. I
remember Vista did the same thing. But I cannot remember how I got
rid of them. Help would be appreciated. TIA
http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html

"Card Readers

The typical 20-in-1 card reader eats one drive letter for each of
its slots - if we have a card [inserted] for [it] or not.

USBDLM can remove the reader's drive letter until a media is inserted.

[Settings]
NoMediaNoLetter=1

USBDLM assigns then a drive letter as configured. If you need different
drive letters for a multislot cardreader, then use the criterion
'DeviceType' in a DriveLetters section (MSCR is short for
MultiSlotCardReader):

[DriveLetters1]
DeviceType=MSCR
Letters=R,W
"

So it is possible to find a way to prevent a drive letter from showing,
on an unequipped memory card reader.

Paul
How does USBDLM compare to USB Safely Remove? I really like USB Safely
Remove a lot as it hides devices and shuts down USB devices which Vista
and Windows 7 doesn't do unlike Windows 2000/XP. Plus it tells you why
if a device doesn't want to be removed. And it works for more than just
USB devices like SATA and docking stations too.

http://safelyremove.com/
 
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Paul

BillW50 said:
Paul said:
WIN7 ultra has assigned a drive letter to each USB port. This is
creating problems with a number of programs used on this computer. I
remember Vista did the same thing. But I cannot remember how I got
rid of them. Help would be appreciated. TIA
http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html

"Card Readers

The typical 20-in-1 card reader eats one drive letter for each of
its slots - if we have a card [inserted] for [it] or not.

USBDLM can remove the reader's drive letter until a media is
inserted.

[Settings]
NoMediaNoLetter=1

USBDLM assigns then a drive letter as configured. If you need
different
drive letters for a multislot cardreader, then use the criterion
'DeviceType' in a DriveLetters section (MSCR is short for
MultiSlotCardReader):

[DriveLetters1]
DeviceType=MSCR
Letters=R,W
"

So it is possible to find a way to prevent a drive letter from showing,
on an unequipped memory card reader.

Paul
How does USBDLM compare to USB Safely Remove? I really like USB Safely
Remove a lot as it hides devices and shuts down USB devices which Vista
and Windows 7 doesn't do unlike Windows 2000/XP. Plus it tells you why
if a device doesn't want to be removed. And it works for more than just
USB devices like SATA and docking stations too.

http://safelyremove.com/
USBDLM is a drive letter management utility. As far as I know, it was invented
to solve the problem of network and local drive letter overlap. Fixing the
memory card reader issue was probably a feature added after the fact.

Paul
 
B

BillW50

BillW50 said:
Paul said:
no_spam@no_where.invalid wrote:
WIN7 ultra has assigned a drive letter to each USB port. This is
creating problems with a number of programs used on this computer. I
remember Vista did the same thing. But I cannot remember how I got
rid of them. Help would be appreciated. TIA

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

"Card Readers

The typical 20-in-1 card reader eats one drive letter for each of
its slots - if we have a card [inserted] for [it] or not.

USBDLM can remove the reader's drive letter until a media is inserted.

[Settings]
NoMediaNoLetter=1

USBDLM assigns then a drive letter as configured. If you need different
drive letters for a multislot cardreader, then use the criterion
'DeviceType' in a DriveLetters section (MSCR is short for
MultiSlotCardReader):

[DriveLetters1]
DeviceType=MSCR
Letters=R,W
"

So it is possible to find a way to prevent a drive letter from showing,
on an unequipped memory card reader.

Paul
How does USBDLM compare to USB Safely Remove? I really like USB Safely
Remove a lot as it hides devices and shuts down USB devices which
Vista and Windows 7 doesn't do unlike Windows 2000/XP. Plus it tells
you why if a device doesn't want to be removed. And it works for more
than just USB devices like SATA and docking stations too.

http://safelyremove.com/
USBDLM is a drive letter management utility. As far as I know, it was
invented
to solve the problem of network and local drive letter overlap. Fixing the
memory card reader issue was probably a feature added after the fact.

Paul
Sounds nice, but USB Safely Remove does this and more. I suppose if your
needs are modest, USBDLM might be fine.
 
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Leon Manfredi

I'm thinking you can't have looked very hard, 'cause it's right there
in Control Panel, under Computer Management.
Start Menu -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools
 
S

SC Tom

Leon Manfredi said:
Start Menu -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools
Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Administrative
Tools on mine.
 
L

Leon Manfredi

Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Administrative
Tools on mine.
Could it be that different versions of Windows are different.
Mine are as I've stated above, however, with the Accessory Folder
directly above Administrative Tools Folder.... mmmmm
 
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Nil

Start Menu -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools
Disk Management is not found separately in Administrative tools on
either of two Windows 7 computers I just checked. I'm sure it's not
that way be default on any Win7 installation. It's in Computer
Management on both, accessible in Admin Tools and Control Panel.
 
S

Stan Brown

Disk Management is not found separately in Administrative tools on
either of two Windows 7 computers I just checked. I'm sure it's not
that way be default on any Win7 installation. It's in Computer
Management on both, accessible in Admin Tools and Control Panel.
I use Disk Management infrequently, but I always get it by clicking
the Start button and typing "disk mana" (no quotes). Windows
responds with "Create and format hard disk partitions", I hit the
Enter key, and I'm there.

To me one of the greatest features of Windows 7 is the "Search
programs and files" box that comes up when I click the Start button
pr press the Windows key on my keyboard. I can type a command here,
or if I don't know the program name I can type something approximate
and Windows usually finds it. In Windows XP I spent a lot of time
customizing the Start menu, but in Windows 7 I hardly ever use the
Start menu, except for a couple of programs that I've pinned because
they get invoked with command-line arguments.
 
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Leon Manfredi

Disk Management is not found separately in Administrative tools on
either of two Windows 7 computers I just checked. I'm sure it's not
that way be default on any Win7 installation. It's in Computer
Management on both, accessible in Admin Tools and Control Panel.
You're right, and wrong in that it is a separate folder, in the Start
Menu, and I did miss a parameter, but you did not check quite far
enough.... I should have sent

Start Menu -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Computer
Management, and when you click Computer Management, a whole range of
features pop up...

Now being a real smart ass that I am, I right clicked on Computer
Management, and sent a shortcut to my desktop
 
L

Leon Manfredi

Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Administrative
Tools on mine.
On my Ultimate like I said, Administrative Tools in it's own folder in
Start Menu...
 
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F

Flint

Start Menu -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools
Right< mouse click "Computer" in the start menu, and select 'Manage'
from the context menu that pops up. Once the management window pops
up, select 'Disk Management' in the left panel/column of that window.
 

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