What happens, if Windows runs out of drive letters?

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David Nucrdale
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What happens, if Windows runs out of drive letters?

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I mean, what happens, if you connect 40 HDs to you PC and all of them are partitioned with 1 partition. Would Windows just ignore the ones that cannot have a drive letter? And how do big Servers with tons of HDs manage this if its like that?

May anyone knows any answer?
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Re: What happens, if Windows runs out of drive letters?

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http://lmgtfy.com/?q=What+happens%2C+if ... letters%3F
Open the first one, it answers your question.
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Re: What happens, if Windows runs out of drive letters?

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That was a really bad bit of design by M$. On Unix you can have a lot more drives.

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Re: What happens, if Windows runs out of drive letters?

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Nothing happens. Since Windows 2000 you have mount points. You can mount drives in any folder you want.
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Re: What happens, if Windows runs out of drive letters?

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Big servers generally use some form of RAID setup, which combines several drives into one, and allowing it to display as a single drive letter.

As the google link given states, you would then just use mounted folders rather than drive letters if you ran out.

E.G.

C:\Drive 27
C:\Drive 28

And so on. Although you can call them anything you like of course

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Thats really interesting, i never actually thought what happens if you run out of drive letters. I think i may almost be there with all my mapped network drives.

I just tried it then. When you go to choose a drive letter after the 26 letters have been used it comes up with no drive letters and you hame to mount it to a folder. Thats what happened with Windows 7 anyway.

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Re: What happens, if Windows runs out of drive letters?

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I always thought it went to AA:/ AB:/ etc.

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hypr wrote:I always thought it went to AA:/ AB:/ etc.
It does with Windows XP. But when i tried it with Windows 7 it didnt.

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Re: What happens, if Windows runs out of drive letters?

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weird it was either that or we would see 1:/ 2:/ 3:/ once it got past Z:/

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Never been that close to having 26 drives, but it might be worth trying on a virtual machine.

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I'll put a pic soon of what it looks like in the GUI

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