Lightroom: External Drive Frustration

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Windows 7 users frustrated with changing drive letters when using external drives. How can we PERMANENTLY assign a drive letter that will stay with that drive that Lightroom will identify with? I understand how to change the drive letter, but cannot get it to stick. Can this be fixed with Lightroom 4. Please work with Microsoft and come up with a joint solution that will once and for all resolve this issue in Lightroom 4.
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Steve Merritt

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You can usually use Disk Manager to assign a specific letter to a drive yourself. If it doesn't stick after rebooting or reconnecting the drive it may indicate the device doesn't fully conform to the USB spec, which requires devices to report a unique serial number. Without that information the OS has no way of knowing that the same drive has been reconnected. If that's the case you could try renaming the drive that Windows is choosing to assign to devices.

Both approaches are described here: