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Rotating USB drives for backups

If you use USB hard drives in rotation for backups you can run into a problem in that hard drive. letter assignments are not sticky.

In one case I ran into an additional problem in that the existing configuration mapped a network drive as D. When you added a USBdrive, it took the first available drive letter which happened to be D. This caused conflicts.

A solution was to use USBDLM (USBDrive letter management). This runs as a service and precludes newly connected USBdrives from taking the mapped network drives.

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