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    Question I know this is a dumb question, but....

    Like I said, I know this is a dumb question, but it just keeps nagging me. I've been building and programming computers for 15 years, so I'm suprised I haven't figured it out yet.

    What is the maximum number of drives you can assign in an NT enviroment? Does it go to AA after you use Z? Or does it go to numbers. I tried to find out myself this weekend by assigning drives using Alcohol 120, but after 26 letters it wouldn't assign any more. But I'm told by my MCSE buddy that you can assign 256, I think he said. He said its in hex, so that would make sense, but I'm still not sure. Does anybody have anything about this?

    I know its stupid, but you know how it is not knowing something.

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    Default Re: I know this is a dumb question, but....

    26 is it in an PATA/SATA enviroment (SCSI enviroment maybe different).

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    Default Re: I know this is a dumb question, but....

    The question refers to no particular enviroment per se. I just wanted to know what the maximum number of drives Windows can recognize. After you use all the letters, ie A, C, D, etc, what does Windows do next? Double letters? What I'm thinking of doing is seting up a network of 10 computers each with 2 sata hard drives installed in addition to the typical cd-rom and fdd. I don't want to set up all these computers just to find that I can't access all my drives.

    I'm somewhat new to the interior workings of Windows, I've always used Unix, and more recently Linux. With the Unix labeling system, I never had to wonder about this problem before, but I've decided to set up a bunch of Windows computers to run a Fazues server. I want it to distribute files in a Bittorrent like manner, which is why I'm not using just one server with a big ass RAID 0/1 setup.

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    Default Re: I know this is a dumb question, but....

    A & B are always reserved for floppy drives then C to Z for others and that's the limit, there is no more.

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    Default Re: I know this is a dumb question, but....

    Exactly, and I can't see many situations where that many logical drives would be useful anyway.

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    Default Re: I know this is a dumb question, but....

    silly windows users. how funny it is to label drives A, B, C...

    God I love Linux logic :D

    anyway, I'm pretty sure Windows goes go to double letters once you reach Z. Honestly, I'm not possitive about that, since I've never seen a Windows box use more than A-M
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    Default Re: I know this is a dumb question, but....

    They don't go to double letters, even WinXP. Of course that is why we use a Linux server for drive storage and then just map each workstation to needed drives. =)
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    Default Re: I know this is a dumb question, but....

    oh well, I guess I should have searched first :)
    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    Your computer can use up to 26 drive letters, from A through Z. Use drive letters C through Z for hard disk drives. Drive letters A and B are reserved for floppy disk drives. However, if your computer does not have a floppy disk drive, you can assign these letters to removable drives.
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    Default Re: I know this is a dumb question, but....

    Hmmm... I didn't realize you could assign A and B to removable drives. That is a handy snippet of info.
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    Default Re: I know this is a dumb question, but....

    Honestly, who would use XP for more than 23 hard drives anyway? :)

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