I recently ran in to a minor problem at a gig and I thought it might be helpful to make a reference post about it. Setting up for an event can be stressful. Especially if you don’t have a lot of time or you run into a technical issue. Unfortunately, at this particular gig it was both. Thankfully, my assistant was there to put the finishing touches on the setup, while I worked through the problem.
The event was a wedding. The time crunch was caused in part by the venue’s policy of opening to vendors one hour before guests arrive. At the time we weren’t sure why the technical glitch happened. We supposed it was probably a software issue. In any case, after busting our humps to get setup, we realized that our playlist of songs in Virtual DJ (our DJ software) was corrupt. It turned out that we needed to know was how to change drive letters in Windows 7.
What we’ve learned is that changing the USB port of an external drive or using a different external drive in the same USB port can also change the drive letter it is assigned to. For example, suppose you’ve built a playlist while the external drive was assigned to letter E, and now it’s assigned to letter G, you may see a “corrupt drive” error message in Virtual DJ and your songs will not play. If you get an error message for the external drive, you can change its drive letter back to the original setting. I’ve broken the process down into easy to follow steps. A wedding is not the place for trial and error trouble shooting. A problem like this is easy to fix, if you know the steps. But it can cause a lot of heartache if you’re not prepared. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a reference file that covers this and any other setup/technical issues you’ve encountered. If you have this available for yourself and all of your DJs, you’ll avoid a lot of headaches.
Open Disk Management
- Click on the Start button, then select & click Control Panel.
- In the Control Panel menu select & click System and Security (or Administrative Tools).
- In the System and Security menu select and click Administrative Tools.
- In the Administrative Tools menu, select and double click Computer Management.
- In the Computer Management menu, select and click Disk Management. (You’ll find it on the left side under Storage.
Change the Drive Letter
- On the right side of the Disk Management window, select and right click the drive you want to change and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths.
- In the Change Drive Letter and Paths menu, select and click on the Change options.
- When the Change Drive Letter or Path dialog box appears select the new drive letter you want to assign to the drive from the drop-down box located on the right.
- Click OK to confirm your drive letter selection.
- Click Yes to confirm that you’re sure you want to make the change.
*Any software installed on this drive may stop working. If so you will have to be reinstall it. This is rare.