External USB hard drive keeps using the same drive letter as a mapped natwork share

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I have an XP Professional computer that I use to backup the contents of a network share (just for redundancy's sake). The problem I keep having is that when I connect the hard drive, it keeps assuming the drive letter of a network share that already is being used. This is a problem as I want to run a xcopy script which assumes that the drive is a certain drive letter.
ASKED: March 18, 2009  2:08 PM
UPDATED: November 2, 2011  8:12 AM

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Try <a href=”http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html”>USBDLM V4.2.4 – USB Drive Letter Manager for Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003 and Vista</a>

Have you tried this process? (More info can be found <a href=”http://www.petri.co.il/control-usb-drive-letter-assignment-in-windows.htm”>here</a>)
To work around this issue if the new volume appears in Disk Management, specify a different drive letter for the new device or volume. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.

2. Under Computer Management (Local), click Disk Management.

3. In the list of drives in the right pane, right-click the new drive and then click Change Drive Letter and Path(s).

4. Click Change, and in the drop-down box, select a drive letter for the new drive that is not assigned to a mapped network drive.

5. Click OK, and then click OK again.

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There might be a default settings of your computer system or Operating Systems which always assign a certain drive letter for any external storage devices detected in your computer. You have to carefully check that configuration and try to change the drive letter.

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