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Force same driver letter for external HDD on all computers?
show user profile  Nanne
'llo mates

I've just formated my external HDD and I've given it a letter, X:\. But today when I plugged it in to a computer in school it was assigned to E:\. Now, is there a way to force the HDD to always use X:\ (if it is not already assigned to another driver)? Edit: I'm not allowed to use the Administration tools on the schools computer, so I can't change the driver letter myself.

The reason for this is that I have portable softwares on the HDD, no problem there but I've created shortcuts to the programs for easy access. The problem is that the addresses are absolute to X:\ and therefore doesn't work when the disk is assigned as e.g. E:\. An alternative would be to create relative shotcuts, is that possible for Windows XP?

So, in short:
* Force the computers to always assign X:\
or
* Create relative shortcuts

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4/21/2008 8:28:44 AM (last edit: 4/21/2008 8:39:00 AM)
show user profile  Setherial
Settings->Administrative Tools->Computer Management->Disk Management->right ckick->Change drive letter

damn, I sound like one of those underpaid first line support guys :)
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4/21/2008 8:32:30 AM (last edit: 4/21/2008 8:32:56 AM)
show user profile  Nanne
Sorry, forgot to mention that. I'm not allowed to use the Administation tools on the schools computer, so I can't change the driver letter myself.

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4/21/2008 8:38:07 AM (last edit: 4/21/2008 8:38:07 AM)
show user profile  Setherial
lol, I don't know, seems to me like changing drive letters usually falls in the realm of system administration. the perfect solution would be to use Linux instead of Windows, there you don't have drive letters and are not confronted by such limitations.

_edit_ using relative paths would be an option as well :)
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4/21/2008 8:42:50 AM (last edit: 4/21/2008 8:43:54 AM)
show user profile  Nanne
As I suggested, but how do one create relative paths or shortcuts in XP?

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4/21/2008 8:47:24 AM (last edit: 4/21/2008 8:47:24 AM)
show user profile  Philbert
I dont think you can create relative shortcuts in xp.

you can create batch files on the root of your drive that contain relative links

or there is software that you can use that adds an autorun program
like MyDrive -http://www.1way.ws/



 Everybody`s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey

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4/21/2008 8:55:24 AM (last edit: 4/21/2008 8:55:24 AM)
show user profile  Setherial
yeah I was thinking something along those lines

what kind of data are you linking to ?
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4/21/2008 8:56:54 AM (last edit: 4/21/2008 8:56:54 AM)
show user profile  horizon
just make a new txt file, type:
start nameOfFile.exe
save, and rename to .bat


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4/21/2008 8:57:34 AM (last edit: 4/21/2008 8:57:34 AM)
show user profile  Setherial
yeah, that even starts recognized documents (like pdf's and stuff) as well
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4/21/2008 9:01:26 AM (last edit: 4/21/2008 9:01:26 AM)
show user profile  Nanne
Seth: The shortcuts are for the portable softwares I have on the disk.

horizon: But can I use relative path in the bat-file? because the softwares are installed in different folders on the disk. E.g.

"start \Programs\Firefox Portable\Firefox Portable.exe" ?

Kristoffer Helander
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4/21/2008 9:02:58 AM (last edit: 4/21/2008 9:02:58 AM)
show user profile  horizon
Well why don't you try it lazzyass :P Yes you can


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4/21/2008 9:27:03 AM (last edit: 4/21/2008 9:27:03 AM)
show user profile  Nanne
"Trying is the first step towards failure!" - Homer J. Simpsons :P

Thanks mate! :) I'll give it a shot later tonight, now I'm off to the judo training :D

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4/21/2008 9:36:35 AM (last edit: 4/21/2008 9:36:35 AM)
show user profile  Philbert
from -http://digital.ni.com/public.nsf/allkb/B2640E34C4654F7B86256D07006D843D?OpenDocument


Launching an Executable
To launch an executable from a batch file, simply enter the path of the executable, just like you would do at a command prompt. If you use a relative path, it will be relative to the directory that the batch file was launched from.


 Everybody`s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey

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4/21/2008 9:48:41 AM (last edit: 4/21/2008 9:48:41 AM)
show user profile  horizon
Exactly

Oh and btw, it's not driver letter, it's drive letter :P


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4/21/2008 10:45:40 AM (last edit: 4/21/2008 10:45:40 AM)
show user profile  Nanne
Thanks Philbert :)

drive letter, aha! :D Thanks horizon - I shall remember that :)

Kristoffer Helander
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4/21/2008 1:45:12 PM (last edit: 4/21/2008 1:45:12 PM)
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