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If I get a new HD will it also make a new drive letter in WE

I have Windows XP Pro, sp3.

When I got my first external hard drive (HD), I thought it would be a hassle to get windows to see it but it was very easy. I just plugged it in, via USB, and it put a drive letter in Windows Explorer (WE) and I could access it like any other drive. It was easy.

My question is: if I get another external HD, can I use it along with my current external HD? That is, can I use the new external HD without unplugging my present external HD.



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Yup . . .

Windows does all the work. Now. If you only use one drive at a time, Windows may assign the same drive letter. That's why I give my external drives specific drive names for their function like "storage", "backups", etc.

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One Extra Consideration May Be

whether you have enough wattage in your current power supply to run all attached devices including multi-HDs + printers/scanners + camera USB thumb drives. I've always used the 100 wt per optical drive connected rule of thumb. Each of those above are counted as optical drives.
I often find that manufacturers put in PS just barely big enough to handle what came installed plus maybe 1 more.

You can solve this by buying a "powered USB Hub" which will take numerous items and plugs into A/C wall outlet to get power to carry these extras thereby relieving the main bus bar which (for example on my HP desktop is only 300 watts) may be near limit. Especially IF you plan to leave these connected at the same time. Good Luck!! Happy

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