Windows 10: How to assign a range to drive letters in Windows 10.1

  1.    27 Feb 2016 #1

    How to assign a range to drive letters in Windows 10.1


    Just one practical question. How do I assign a range of letters, that can be used for e.g. external flash disks, external ssd's/hdd's or memory cards?

    I have this nasty issue. I have two Network Attached Drives, on server. They work fine, D and E. But I also have NAS [DS 716+] which is on NAS drive F:. Whenever I shut down my DS 716+, and I connect some external hdd/ssd/memory card, it always asigns letter F:. Which makes these devices quiet inaccessible, or hard accessible, I can't double click them to open, I need to type in manually F:\ etc.

    Is there any way via msc or something, where I can define a range of all external hdd's/ssd's and/or memory cards?

    Thank You!

    Kind regards

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  2.    27 Feb 2016 #2

    How about assigning a static drive letter to your NAS.

    How to Assign a Static Drive Letter to a USB Drive in Windows 7
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  3.    27 Feb 2016 #3

    Thank You for Your fast reply whs. Well, the thing is, none of the NAS drives is present in Disk Managment. They never were tbh.
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  4.    27 Feb 2016 #4

    Then I guess it is not possible.
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  5.    27 Feb 2016 #5

    whs - I still though don't understand it. My D: and E: are server shares, it's an equivalent protocolwise to NAS shares. How come that the NAS share is faulty and server shares are okay? Is it because of linux vs. windows environment? [I'm using Windows Server 2012 R2 for server].
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  6.    27 Feb 2016 #6

    I understand your question but I do not have a viable answer. Sorry.
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  7. essenbe's Avatar
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       27 Feb 2016 #7

    With your NAS running, have you tried diskpart? If you can 'see' it with diskpart, try assigning them as drive letter Y and Z. These are drive letters that windows will usually never get to.
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  8.    28 Feb 2016 #8

    Greetings sir essenbe. Upfront, thank You for Your interest in my case.

    Well, in general, my problem isn't the disability of changing the NAS drive letters. I'd like to have D:, E: and F: letters reserved for my Network Attached Storage. I know I could simply change them to X:, Y: and Z:.

    My issue is that the D: and E: mapped from Windows Server 2012 R2 works perfectly, but F:, that is mapped from Synology DS716+ doesn't.

    Thus, I'm trying to figure out, whether I can change some Windows policy settings and force Windows to reserve let's say range from A: to H: for static drives, no matter whether they're assigned, or not, and from I: to Z: for removable devices.

    Any clue whether this is possible?

    thank You!

    humble regards

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  9. essenbe's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       28 Feb 2016 #9

    If what you want to do is possible, I have no idea how. I have always used the method I suggested above and never had a problem with it.
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