[K12OSN] Way off topic - Windows batch file question

Dave Hopkins dahopkins at comcast.net
Fri Jul 8 14:25:20 UTC 2005

Jim Kronebusch wrote:

>Sorry for the nature of this post, but I think there are Windows wizards
>out here as well.
>I have a Win2000 server and a pair of Iomega 160GB usb hard drives.  I
>need to back up to these drives.  I can set whatever backup program to
>back up to drive x:.  I need to be able to swap these drives weekly and
>take one off site.  Problem is when I plug in one drive it assigns drive
>h: to it, the other gets i: assigned to it.  This causes my backup
>program to get stupid.
>I am thinking I can solve this by placing a simple batch file in the
>Windows scheduler that deletes drive x:, runs a quick check for which
>drive is available h: or i:, then has an if statement duplicate h: to x:
>if h: exists, if h: doesn't exist and i: does exist the duplicate i: to
>Does this make any sense?  This just seems like it could save a lot of
>money on tape drives if it is figured out.
>Jim Kronebusch
>Cotter Tech Department
>jim at winonacotter.org 

Haven't tried this (don't have the hardware right at hand), but what 
happens if you plug in one of the USB devices (say the one that gets 
H:), then using Disk Adminstrator, manually assign it to drive K: (or 
convenient letter).  Now, unplug, and plug in the other (I:), and 
likewise manually assign it to drive K: as well.  When you swap the 
drives, does the manual drive mapping stick?  I have never tried this, 
but .... maybe? 


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