Assigning a drive letter to an audio device in Windows 7

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I recently got a new audio player, the Gigaware (MyMusix) 42-420. However, Windows installed the device as a portable device without a drive letter, thus making it difficult to access the device with other programs. Through searching I figured out a few things. * Windows 7 installs the 42-420 in MTP mode, namely, as a Portable Device. * However, to make it appear as a removable drive, that is a drive letter, the 42-420 must be installed in Mass Storage mode (MSC mode). By good luck, though, I found out a way to make my 42-420 have a drive letter:
  1. Plug the device (here the 42-420) into the computer and have Windows install the driver, if it wasn’t plugged in and installed already.
  2. Click Start, then click Control Panel.
  3. Click Device Manager in Control Panel. If you’re not logged on as an administrator, instead right-click Device Manager, then click “Run as Administrator”.
  4. Expand “Portable devices”.
  5. Right click the name of the portable device (normally “Audio device”), then click “Update Driver Software…”
  6. On the dialog box that appears, click “Browse my computer for driver software”, then click “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”.
  7. Click “USB Mass Storage Device”, then click Next.
  8. Windows will install the drivers for the Mass Storage Device.
The 42-420 will now be installed as a Mass Storage Device and will appear in Windows Explorer with a drive letter. In this way, the device’s data can be accessed just as though it were a hard drive. Best of all, the process is entirely reversible. In that case, follow the steps above, but do the following instead:
  • In Device Manager, expand “Universal Serial Bus Controllers”, right click “USB Mass Storage Device”, then click “Update Driver Software…”
  • When you get to the list of device drivers, select “MTP USB Device” then click Next.


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