Drive letter shortage

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Bill Wittmer, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Bill Wittmer

    Bill Wittmer Guest

    With the advent of terabyte hard drives, is there a work around for the
    limitatation of 26 letters for drive designations. I have a new computer
    with 2 terabyte hard drives, two DVD's, several USB connections, and I am
    running three different programs from ISO files stored on the hard drive
    with Daemon Tools, all of which take up drive letters. I have Windows Vista
    Home Premium, but see no work around for this limitation. I have searched
    Microsoft KB finding nothing addressing this issue. I am hoping that some
    one knows of a work around for the problem.

    Bill Wittmer, Oct 20, 2009
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    Mrs. Gordon Guest

    Maybe you should rethink your operation. Once you hit the limit I don't
    think you can double up.
    Mrs. Gordon, Oct 20, 2009
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    ray Guest

    I've got a work around - it's called Linux.
    ray, Oct 20, 2009
  4. Bill Wittmer

    Mrs. Gordon Guest

    That's pretty stupid. The guy already has Windows. He has Windows
    applications. He runs multiple applications on the Windows platform and you
    come up with the most idiotic response?

    You should be ashamed of yourself. Now go sit in the corner for two hours
    and don't get near the computer.

    You'll be hearing from Gordon the Net Cop.

    Imagine, using Linux. HA HA HA HA HA HA
    What a crock of shit.
    Mrs. Gordon, Oct 20, 2009
  5. Em Terça 20 Outubro 2009 00:43, Bill Wittmer escreveu:
    The use of drive letters is just one of the proves that windows is a OS with
    3 decades of technological retardation.
    Reserving a letter B for a second floppy drive is another example...

    I've read somewhere that ther is a solution for windows to access storage
    devices trought moint points, but i can't remember where.

    google for it.
    Sthief Ballmer, Oct 20, 2009
  6. Bill Wittmer

    Rick Rogers Guest


    Vista is built on the NT core and follows the same conventions in this
    respect as do XP, Win2K, and NT4 before it. There is no workaround for it.

    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    Windows help -
    Rick Rogers, Oct 20, 2009
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    Brink Guest

    Hello Bill

    Depending on your setup needs, you can use GPT disks instead of th
    default MBR. A GPT disk supports up to 256TB per single partitio

    'Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk - Windows 7 Forums

    Hope this helps

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    Brink, Oct 20, 2009
  8. When it comes to NTFS volumes, you can mount NTFS volume to an empty folder
    on another NTFS volume.

    In your C: drive, create empty folders

    Now, go to Disk Management console.
    Select partition/volume. If it uses a drive letter, delete drive letter.
    Right click inside partition/volume, choose 'Change Drive Letter and
    Click Add...
    Select "Mount in the following empty NTFS folder:", click Browse and
    navigate to your empty folder.
    Click OK.

    Now you can access your new partition/volume as C:\DiskNN.
    Dusko Savatovic, Oct 20, 2009
  9. You're insane w/pretence.
    What in the world are doing with 2TB storaage, unless it's a Server... get a
    2nd computer, instead of creating 32-partitions and running out of

    Looks liek you're doing Video editing.
    Even with my MASSIVE demands for CAD/Engineering work, I'd not get as
    extreme as running out of driveletters.
    But I do have a desktop+laptop+3 backup storages dispersed around USA for
    safety (to neutralize fire/flood/etc threats). on remote servers (courtesy
    With a combined storage space also in Terabytes.

    Still somehow I am not running out of driveletters.
    In America sometimes it';s fashionable to spend money, and get the most
    powerful "toy" out there, but when you ask these people what for? They
    shrug & admit "just because I CAN".
    I could replace my Nissan with a Ferrari to go at 200mph on a local city
    street, problem is you can kill people and get ticketed, and pollute air
    with 8 cylinders like a criminal.
    What for, just because someone 'can"?

    WHy do you need driveletters to store all that video p*rn?
    STAN STARINSKI, Oct 20, 2009
  10. Bill Wittmer

    Bill Yanaire Guest

    Maybe he is storing all his PORN and needs 2TB of storage. Who gives a
    flying ****?

    Again, who cares?

    HA HA HA HA - Your only massive demand is on your Sheep.

    Storing all your PORN in different locations? Good .
    Hell, you can't even figure out how to change your clock.

    Correction: You don't have the money to replace your BEATER car with
    anything worth more than $7,500.
    Bill Yanaire, Oct 20, 2009
  11. Bill Wittmer

    Bill Wittmer Guest

    Thanks for the suggestion. This seems to be the best option for the moment.
    What we really need, in light of terabyte hard drives, is a change in Disk
    Management. I would like to see Microsoft allow a user to go into Disk
    Management and when one goes to change a drive letter, a box opens and one
    has to ability to enter two letters to designate a drive, such as Aa,

    Thanks again,
    Bill Wittmer
    Bill Wittmer, Oct 20, 2009
  12. OTOH, Mac OS's don't use drive letters, and it works quite well,IMO.

    To avoid confusion, you are well advised to give each drive a unique name,
    of course, although I bet the OS would accept two drives with the same
    name. I have no current access to a Mac, so I can't verify that suspicion,
    but I think I remember it being so.
    Gene E. Bloch, Oct 21, 2009
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    Tim Slattery Guest

    I don't understand this argument. It seems to me that with ultra-huge
    disk drives, you would need fewer of them, therefore fewer letters. I
    guess you're thinking about partitioning them.

    Yes, that would make sense. Or generalize that to the ability to give
    any name you want to the drive or partition.
    Tim Slattery, Oct 21, 2009

  14. I'm with you entirely.

    You're probably right, but I don't understand that argument either. It
    makes no sense to have more partitions simply because the drive is
    Ken Blake, MVP, Oct 21, 2009
  15. In addition to what you and Tim Slattery wrote, I wondered how easy it
    would be for a mere human to keep track of dozens of drive letters or drive
    Gene E. Bloch, Oct 21, 2009

  16. Yes, even leaving aside the dozens, I remember back in the Windows 3.x
    days having a half dozen or so partitions (to keep the cluster size
    small) and often having trouble remembering on what partition a
    particular file was.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Oct 21, 2009
  17. I have several external hard drives with backups from old and new
    computers, and unfortunately, also created by different backup programs or
    methods. Some are unchanging archives from old computers and some are
    (relatively!) recent backups from current computers that get backed up less
    often that they should.

    I finally got smart (well, OK, a little bit smarter) and made up a
    spreadsheet listing everything :)

    I still get a bit confused, but that's not really a surprise, is it?
    Gene E. Bloch, Oct 21, 2009
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