USB drive letters and mapped drive letter issues

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by TechDesign, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. TechDesign

    TechDesign Guest

    In Windows XP, I always had problems with clients who wanted to use USB
    drives in a corporate environment where drives are mapped via scripts to low
    drive letters. USB drives always took the next available PHYSICAL drive
    letter, even if it was already in use by a mapped drive. You have to manually
    go into Drive Management and change the drive letter to get the USB drive to
    show up. After that, it will remember the drive letter, but there were no end
    to the complaints about the process.

    It appears this "problem" still exists in Windows Vista. It was in Beta 2,
    and I just loaded up the July CTP hoping it was fixed. I mapped a network
    share to E: (my next available drive letter), plugged in a USB drive...AND

    I can't believe this issue still exists in Vista. I really hope this is just
    a fluke in this build, and the issue has been resolved in non-public betas.
    It seems such a simple issue for the hardware to check what drive letters are
    actually available, or if mapped drives exists, to pop a prompt asking what
    drive letter you want.

    PLEASE look into this issue, as it does cause a lot of trouble in the
    corporate world where drives are usually not mapped from Z: backwards, but
    from F: on up.
    TechDesign, Jul 21, 2006
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    TechDesign Guest

    Truly sorry for the multiple postings....the system kept telling me the post
    did not go through, so I kept trying....apparently it lied.
    TechDesign, Jul 21, 2006
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