Freeware Computing: USB Drive Letter Manager
When you mount a USB drive on a Windows system, it wants to assign it a drive letter. That seems entirely reasonable. Unfortunately, sometimes Windows isn’t very smart about the letter it assigns, meaning that if the letter it wants to assign to your removable drive is already in use, perhaps for a network volume, you may never see your USB device in Windows Explorer. It doesn’t matter how cool a flash drive like this is if you can’t use it.
USB Drive Letter Manager is a tool that helps deal with this problem. Rather than relying on the good graces of the operating system from Redmond, it uses its own logic to supply a useful drive letter to your device, making sure that you can actually use it.
USB Drive Letter Manager runs as a service on Windows versions from Win2k up through Vista. It is provided as freeware for private and educational use.