Assigning a drive letter to an audio device in Windows 7
Posted: April 16, 2011 Filed under: Uncategorized
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:
- 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.
- Click Start, then click Control Panel.
- 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”.
- Expand “Portable devices”.
- Right click the name of the portable device (normally “Audio device”), then click “Update Driver Software…”
- 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”.
- Click “USB Mass Storage Device”, then click Next.
- 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.