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How Do I Change a Drive Letter

September 28, 2011  |  Difficulty: Medium

How to easily customize drive letters in Microsoft Windows® operation system

Computers usually contain more than one drive, which would be either a hard disk drive or optical drive. These devices are indicated in a system by letters. For example, the letter “C” is commonly used to identify the system's hard drive. Changing drive letters is accomplished by using the Windows® operating system’s Disk Management system. The following steps describe how you can easily customize drive letters.

Instructions for MS Windows®:

  1. Click on the “Start” button and right-click on “My Computer” (“Computer” for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7) and then choose “Manage”.
  2. The “Computer Management” windows will open, extend the “Storage” category in the left navigation pane and click on “Disk Management".
  3. In the right part of the window, you will see all the drives displayed on your computer. Right-click on the drive you would like to change and choose “Change Drive Letter and Paths…”.
  4. In the next dialog box, click on the “Change” button.
  5. In the next dialog box, select the desired letter from dropdown menu next to “Assign the following drive letter:”.
  6. Click on the “OK” button and then click on the “YES” button in the warning dialog box.
  7. Then close “Computer Management”.

Tips and Tricks:

  • You can also change the name of the hard drive through “Disk Management”. Right-click on the hard drive and choose “’Properties”. In the “General” tab, insert the name into the first field.

Warnings:

  • Be aware that any applications or shortcuts pointing to the previous drive letter may not work properly and should be changed.

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