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Is it possible to set hard drive lettering permanently

  1. #11


    Posts : 113
    Win 8 Pro - 64Bit


    Roland - I have cracked my problem.

    What is it you are trying to do - just re-assign drive letters, or do an automated backup when you insert a USB device?

    If it is just to assign drive letters, I have found that doing this in 'Disk Management' works - or appears to.
    I assigned an external drive with a drive letter and then tried it in all 4 USB ports - the same drive letter was allocated each time.

    If you want to backup files from the PC to a USB (or the other way round), I now have a script that will do that when a particular USB device is inserted. The script runs as a process and watches the usb port for device insertion and launches a backup (synchronisation) script when it sees the scripted device inserted. It can identify the device by drive number and name, or name only (although I haven't yet tried the latter).
    It should also be possible to monitor for more than one device and run different scripts dependent on the device inserted - although I haven't tried that yet either.

    If that's what you need, I will be documenting the details shortly and will let you have a copy,

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  2. #12


    Posts : 113
    Win 8 Pro - 64Bit


    I have now created a pdf explaining how to setup and run a script to automatically back up to a USB drive each time it is connected to the pc.
    It is attached.

    How to Backup to USB on Insertion of Device.pdf
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  3. #13


    Posts : 50
    windows 8.1


    Great job!

    I'm not a powershell user (yet) but you've clearly shown powershell really is powerful! Trying to monitor the event log for USB events is "old technology". Well done!
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  4. #14


    Posts : 113
    Win 8 Pro - 64Bit


    Thanks ComputerGeek

    But credit must go to the poster of the message you linked to earlier even though it was posted 5 1/2 years ago.

    I had seen it before, but only yesterday/today had the time to figure out what he was doing then worked through it altering/adding to it to suit my needs.

    It certainly seems to work well.

    Also the DirSync program is great - it works well and does not mind multiple instances working at the same time on different scripts.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 50
    windows 8.1


    Well, then.... +1 for your humble reply!

    I only skimmed the first half of the thread I posted. So, I only noticed discussion of using Windows event log. I just took a second look now that you mention to see its discussion of power shell later in the thread, as well. Still, good job putting it all to use
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  6. #16


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    pewe, I downloaded your pdf into my ReadingMaterial folder; thanks!
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  7. #17


    Posts : 113
    Win 8 Pro - 64Bit


    No problem Roland.

    It looks rather daunting, but it is very quick and easy to do - and it seems to work more reliably than using the other methods I tried.

    Hope you find it useful.
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