October 17th, 2003

digimind

Mounting drives in XP?

I just connected a drive that had been sitting unused in my system for over a year. As I was setting it up in the Disk Management screen in XP, I found that it lets you mount a physical drive to any path on another drive instead of giving it a drive letter. Woah! That's a little bit Unix-like, isn't it? Careful, Microsoft. LOL

So, what would have been another drive letter is instead c:\scratch. I'm going to use it as a scratch disk for multimedia editing stuff, but not for any critical data storage, because the drive has a shady history. I ran DFT on it though and it says it's ok.

It also lets you leave the drive unidentified... with no letter AND no mount path. I'm not sure what the usefulness of that would be.
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