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You can change your drive letters in Windows 10 and 11 using the Disk Management utility.

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Changing the letter of a drive is easy on Windows 10 and Windows 11, but you should do it as soon as you add the drive to prevent future hassles. Find out how to change a drive letter here.

Windows assigns drive letters alphabetically --- starting with C --- when they're initialized. If you want to change a drive letter, you should do it before you install anything on the drive. Changing a drive letter after programs are installed could break them since there will be references to an installation location that is no longer there.

Windows has gotten pretty smart about updating shortcuts so that programs work after changing a drive letter. Most of your applications' shortcuts will probably be automatically corrected. Unfortunately, Windows isn't as good about updating file associations. You'll have to manually set the default apps associated with files to fix file associations if they were broken by changing the drive letter.

It is possible to change the boot drive letter to something else, but we don't recommend it. Changing C:\ to another letter is likely to result in severe issues, like a PC that cannot boot into Windows at all. Even if it were able to boot, there would be a huge number of programs that would not be able to run.

Technically speaking, while they are commonly called drive letters, each letter actually refers to a partition on a disk. If you have multiple partitions on a single disk, you will need to assign a letter to each partition to make them all accessible. If a disk has just a single partition, it will just have a single letter pointing to that partition. (However, you do not have to assign a letter to each partition. Partitions without drive letters will not appear in File Explorer and elsewhere.)

Changing a drive letter is pretty simple. Click the Start button, type "Disk Management" in the search bar, and then hit Enter.

The program name displayed in the search will not be Disk Management. It will be "Create and format hard disk partitions."

You could also hit Windows+X or right-click the Start button, and then click "Disk Management."

Identify the drive you'd like to change in the Disk Management Window. In this example, we'll change the letter of the D:\ drive to J:\. You can right-click the drive on the text list, or on the menu below. Either works.

Select "Change Drive Letter and Paths" in the right-click menu that appears.

In the window that pops up, click "Change."

Select whatever letter you want from the drop-down menu. Then click "Ok."

Two popups will warn you about changing your drive letter. Click "Yes" on both of them, and then restart your computer.

Once Windows has restarted, the drive letter should be changed.

There are a few ways you can fix a program broken by changing the drive letter.

Fix The Shortcut

If you're lucky, the only thing that is broken is the shortcut. Fix a shortcut by right-clicking the shortcut on your desktop, and then click Properties.

You need to change the target of the shortcut to the new drive letter.

For example, if GIMP was previously installed at " D :\GIMP 2\bin\gimp-2.10.exe," and you changed the D drive to J, change the target of the shortcut to " J :\GIMP 2\bin\gimp-2.10.exe."

Finalize the change by clicking "Apply" and then "Ok."

Reinstall the Program

Reinstalling the program will generate new entries in the registry, so everything on the computer will know where to look for the program. Some installers won't like reinstalling directly over existing files, so you may need to rename or delete the old installation first.

Change the Drive Letter Back

If you changed the drive letter of a drive with a lot of programs installed, it might be easier to change the drive letter back. Changing the drive letter back should automatically fix any programs and file associations that were broken.

Edit the Registry

You can break programs, or even Windows itself, by editing the registry. Be careful, and learn about how to edit the registry before you try it. Make sure you backup the Windows registry first. You should not attempt this method unless you have no other options.

Windows, and a lot of programs, track where programs are installed via the Windows registry. It is possible to manually adjust the registry to fix broken programs. Keep in mind that there could be dozens of registry entries you need to edit. A program like GIMP can have registry entries for the context menu, for the "Open With" menu, for any file associations, and for the location of its executables. Other programs may only have a few entries related to where it is installed.

If you're not deterred, here's how you do it.

First, you need to know where the program was previously installed. In this case, the program was installed to the "D:\GIMP 2" folder, and the executables were found the "D:\GIMP 2\bin" sub-folder. It is now located at "J:\GIMP 2" instead.

We need to update the registry to reflect the change in location. Click the Start button, type "regedit" into the search bar, right-click Regedit, and click "Run as administrator."

In Regedit, hit Ctrl+F to bring up a search window. Type in the old location for the program you're trying to fix --- "D:\GIMP 2" for our example --- then click "Find Next."

Once Regedit has found something with "D:\GIMP 2" as part of a path, it'll show it to you. Here is an example from the GIMP search.

To actually change them, double click the name of the registry entry you want to modify. Then change the drive letter to J, or whatever you chose. If you didn't otherwise move the folder, leave the rest of the path alone. Then click "Ok."

You'll need to repeat this multiple times. To find the next result using your search term, you can hit the F3 key. There will be a popup once you've found all of the entries.

Changing drive letters can be a simple way to customize your PC. Do it before you install anything on the drive, however. You'll prevent any problems before they occur, and probably save yourself quite a bit of troubleshooting.

How to assign permanent letters to drives on Windows 10

You can assign drive letters manually, and in this guide, we show you how on Windows 10.

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On Windows 10, when connecting a removable storage device or an internal hard drive, the system detects and assigns a drive letter automatically to make it usable. However, when reconnecting an external drive (such as a USB flash drive or SD or microSD cards), the system can end up assigning a different letter, which can be annoying.

If you want to see the same drive letter on a particular device, you can manually assign a permanent letter to any drive connected to your computer, and on Windows 10 , you can do this in at least three different ways, using Disk Management, Command Prompt, or PowerShell.

Using this approach will prevent Windows 10 from assigning a new letter or trying to set a letter already in use, which can cause conflicts. Also, it helps to select a drive letter that makes more sense to you.

In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through several methods to manually assign a permanent letter to a drive, as long as you're connecting the drive to the same device and the letter isn't already in use.

How to assign a drive letter using Disk Management

How to assign a drive letter using command prompt, how to assign a drive letter using powershell.

To manage drive letters with the Disk Management tool, use these steps:

  • Open Start .
  • Search for Create and format hard disk partitions and click the top result to open the Disk Management experience.
  • Right-click the drive and select the Change Drive Letter and Paths option.

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  • Click the Change button.

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  • Select the Assign the following drive letter option.
  • Use the drop-down menu to assign a new drive letter. Quick tip: To avoid the system trying to assign the same letter to another drive, it's a good idea to start adding letters in backward order. For instance, instead of using D, E or F, it better to start with Z, Y or X when assigning a new letter.

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  • Click the OK button.
  • Click the OK button again.

Once you complete these steps, the drive will permanently retain the assigned letter, even after reconnecting it. However, if you connect the drive to another device, it may receive a different letter.

While the easiest way to assign a new drive letter is to use Disk Management, you can also use DiskPart in Command Prompt to perform the same task.

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To assign a drive letter using Command Prompt, use these steps:

  • Search for Command Prompt , right-click the result, and then select the Run as administrator option.
  • Type the following command to start DiskPart and press Enter : diskpart
  • Type the following command to list all the available volumes and press Enter : list volume
  • Type the following command to select the volume (drive) to assign a new letter and press Enter: select volume 3 In the command, make sure to change "3" to the number that represents the drive on your device.
  • Type the following command to assign a new drive letter, and press Enter : assign letter=Z The command assigns the letter "Z" to the drive assuming it's available. However, you need to make sure to change the letter for the one that you want to use.

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After completing these steps, similar to Disk Management, every time you reconnect the storage to the same device, Windows 10 should assign the same letter automatically.

Alternatively, you can also use PowerShell to change a drive letter on Windows 10 using these steps:

  • Search for PowerShell , right-click the result, and then select the Run as administrator option.
  • Type the following command to list the available drives and press Enter : Get-Disk
  • Type the following command to assign a permanent letter to the drive and press Enter : Get-Partition -DiskNumber 1 | Set-Partition -NewDriveLetter Z In the command, make sure to change "1" to the number that represents the drive that you want to modify, and change "Z" for the new letter that you want to use.

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Once you complete the steps, the drive will be accessible through File Explorer using the letter that you assigned, and Windows 10 won't try to change it.

Updated March 7, 2019: We revised this guide to make sure it's current with the latest version of Windows 10.

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When you connect a new drive to your PC, Windows automatically assigns the next available letter after C, which is normally used for your system drive. So an external hard drive or USB thumb drive could end up as D, E, F, or whatever, depending on how many drive letters are already being used.

This is all well and good, but what if you want to assign the drive a letter? Maybe you want to use M for your music files or X for your top-secret X-Files. Here’s how in Windows 10.

  • Ensure that the drive you’re relettering isn’t in use and that no files from that drive are open.
  • Right-click on the Start button.
  • Click Disk Management to open the Disk Management console.
  • Right-click the volume that has the drive letter you want to change.
  • Click Change Drive Letter And Paths.
  • Click the Change button.
  • Choose from a list of available drive letters. (Don’t use A or B, which have historically been reserved for floppy drives and can sometime confuse older software.)
  • Click Yes if a popup windows appears asking if you really want to do this.
  • Close the Disk Management console.

You may need to restart your machine for the change to take effect, but once you do the drive will use the new letter.

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Applies To: Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows Server 2022, Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server 2016

If you want to change a drive letter assigned to a drive, or you have a drive that doesn't yet have a drive letter, use Disk Management to change it. You can also mount the drive in an empty folder so that it appears as a folder. For more information, see Mount a drive in a folder .

If you change the drive letter of a drive that already contains Windows or apps, apps might have trouble running or finding the drive. We suggest not changing the drive letter of a drive that already contains Windows or apps.

The following steps show how to change the drive letter.

Open Disk Management with administrator permissions.

In Disk Management, select and hold (or right-click) the volume on which you want to change or add a drive letter and select Change Drive Letter and Paths .

Screenshot showing the Disk Management window with the Change Drive Letter and Paths feature selected.

If you don't see the Change Drive Letter and Paths option or it's grayed out, the volume either isn't ready to receive a drive letter or it's unallocated and needs to be initialized . It might also be that the drive isn't accessible, which is the case with EFI system partitions and recovery partitions. If you've confirmed that your volume is formatted with a drive letter that you can access but you're still unable to change it, that's beyond the scope of this article. We suggest contacting Microsoft Support or the manufacturer of your PC for more help.

To change the drive letter, select Change . To add a drive letter if the drive doesn't already have one, select Add .

Screenshot of the Change Drive Letter and Paths dialog.

Select the new drive letter and choose OK . Then select Yes when prompted about how programs that rely on the drive letter might not run correctly.

Screenshot of the Change Drive Letter or Path dialog that shows how to assign a new drive letter.

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How to Assign / Change Drive Letter in Windows 10

We show you how to change the drive letter in CMD, DIsk Management, PowerShell, and Registry editor in Windows 10.

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Windows 10 helpfully assigns drive letters to disks as they're added, but they aren't always the most logical choices. While we all know that C: is the system drive, it doesn't make quite as much sense to have D: as your games drive or E: as your media drive. Luckily it's quite easy to change a drive letter in Windows 10, and we're going to walk you through the process today.

How does Windows 10 drive letter assignment work?

For the most part, Windows 10 automatically assigns letters to drives as they're connected, in alphabetical order. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule that may leave some users confused.

As mentioned earlier, C: is always reserved for the system drive, but A: and B: are reserved too, for rarely used floppy drives. Because of Windows automatic assignment, you may have also noticed that Windows changes the drive letter of your USB stick if you've connected another before it.

If you want letters that are easier to identify in bios or don't want your USB letters jumping around, it's quite easy to permanently change a drive letter in Windows 10 to something of your choosing. We're going to cover a few different ways today, including how to change the drive letter in CMD.

How to Change Drive Letter in Windows 10 via Disk Management

The most user-friendly way to assign drive letters in Windows is through the Disk Management interface, which is relatively easy to use.

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How to Change Drive Letter in CMD using a DISKPART Disk Management Command

Though it's not quite as user-friendly, it can be much faster to change a drive letter with Command Prompt.

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How to Change Drive Letter in Windows 10 with a PowerShell Disk Management Command

Those more familiar with PowerShell can use this method instead to achieve the same result.

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How to Change / Assign a Drive Letter via the Registry Editor

Alternatively, if none of the above methods worked or you're just feeling brave, you can modify the drive letter via the registry. Just be sure to read our safe registry editing guide first.

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If you enjoyed this guide, you may want to consider enabling or disabling disk caching or turning on BitLocker for your newly customized drives.

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Drive letters are one of the two ways to identify a drive on your Windows computer. The other is the Drive name. Since Windows lets users easily rename drives, it isn’t the most reliable way to identify drives. Therefore, drive letters are important. You can still change the drive letter in the Windows 10 file explorer. Windows also lets you assign a new drive letter to a drive that doesn’t have one. Also, you can hide a drive on Windows 10 entirely from prying eyes.

Let’s imagine a scenario where the drive name was the only way to identify a drive. Now imagine you install a program in the programs folder in a drive named ProgramDrive. On Windows, you can right-click and select rename to change the name of a drive. This means many users might often do it or sometimes even accidentally. But when you change the name of the drive to NewProgramDrive, the programs installed in the programs folder may stop working. The default install path they’ve set up is now not there. You can follow another guide I wrote some time ago to install programs on external storage on Windows 10.

This is what makes drive letters so important on Windows. Instead of identifying a drive by its name, Windows does this via drive letters. The names are just for the convenience of the user. But the same logic also applies to drive letters. Windows does let you change the drive letter or assign a new one. However, if you change the drive letter for a drive where Windows or another program is installed, it may cause problems.

We recommend that you shouldn’t change the drive letter of such a drive.

Steps to Assign or Change Drive Letter in Windows 10 Explorer

This can be done from the Disk Management console. There are several ways to launch it. On Windows 10, the easiest way to do that is to right-click the Start menu and select Disk Management .

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  • You can see all your drives listed in the top half of the Disk Management window. It also shows the disks in a more graphical representation at the bottom half of the window.

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  • From the context menu, select the Change Drive Letter and Paths… option.
  • If the Drive does not already have a letter assigned, click on the Add button.

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  • Click OK and then click Yes on the warning dialog that appears.

The drive letter will be changed once you do that. However, Windows will still keep using the previous drive letter to keep programs running. If you install new programs in that drive, they will also be installed using the old drive letter. This is fixed once you restart Windows. And yes, if your Windows PC takes a long time to boot up, you can follow these tips to make Windows 10 boot faster .

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How to change drive letter using Settings on Windows 10

You can now change the drive letter for a partition using the “Manage Disks and Volumes” tools in Settings, and here's how on Windows 10.

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On Windows 10, each drive you connect to the computer gets assigned a letter automatically to identify the device and make it accessible. However, sometimes, you may need to change the drive letter manually for many reasons.

For example, if you connect a drive (USB flash drive, external hard drive, or secondary hard drive) that was formatted on another device, the drive letter may conflict with another storage device on your computer. You prefer using a specific letter for a drive. Or you’re trying to organize the letters in a specific order.

Whatever the reason it might be, starting with build 20175 (Dev Channel) , Windows 10 introduces a new experience to manage disks and volumes from within the Settings app, which also includes the ability to change the letter of a drive. (Technically, the partition inside the drive receives the letter, not the device. Since if the drive doesn’t have a formatted partition, no letter will be assigned and won’t be accessible.)

In this guide , you’ll learn the steps to change the drive letter using the “Manage Disks and Volumes” tools available on Windows 10 .

Change drive letter on Windows 10

To change the drive letter with Manage Disks and Volumes in the Settings app, use these steps:

Open Settings on Windows 10.

Click on System .

Click on Storage .

Under the “More storage settings” section, click the Manage Disks and Volumes option.

Manage Disks and Volumes

Select the drive with the partition you want to change the letter.

Select the partition.

Click the Properties button.

Partition properties option

Click the Change drive letter button.

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Use the drop-down menu and select the new letter.

Select new drive letter

Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the drive’s partition will now start using the new letter.

Just remember that you can’t change the letter of the partition where Windows 10 is installed, which is usually labeled as “C”, and you shouldn’t try to assign a letter to the system reserved partitions. 

If the settings are not available, it’s because you are not running the version of the operating system that includes the tool. The Manage Disks and Volumes settings are available starting with  Windows 10 build 20175 or higher releases.

In the case that you’re using an older version or an older release, such as Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, then you’ll need to use the Disk Management console, or Command Prompt or PowerShell to change the drive letter.

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Changing drive letters in Windows certainly has its benefits. You can hide a specific drive from all apps on your computer, thus preventing these apps from writing on a specific partition or edit the drive letter after adding a new HDD or SSD.

How to Change a Drive Letter in Windows 10

If you’re looking to change drive letters in Windows 10, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll provide you with detailed steps on how to change or remove various drive letters.

There are a couple of different ways to change a drive letter in Windows 10. Below, we’ll show you how to do so with Disk Management. This is the most straightforward way to apply changes to your drive letters in Windows 10.

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You have now successfully changed a drive letter in Windows 10.

How to Change Drive Letter in Windows 10 Using Command Prompt

Another way to change drive letters in Windows 10 is using Command Prompt. This process is relatively simple:

  • Make sure you’re running your PC in Admin mode.

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You have now changed your drive letter in Windows 10.

How to Remove a Drive Letter in Windows 10

If you want to remove a drive letter in Windows 10, you can do so from Desk Management. Just follow these simple steps:

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  • Click OK to confirm the operation.

You have now successfully removed a drive letter in Windows 10. After removing a drive letter, you won’t be able to see it in your File Explorer any longer. Also, to remove a letter, you must sign in as the administrator.

How to Change a Network Drive Letter in Windows 10

Changing a network drive letter in Windows is a pretty straightforward process. Just follow these steps, and you’ll be good to go:

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Additional Steps if You Receive an Error Message:

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You’ll now see your network share in the This PC screen.

How to Change a USB Drive Letter in Windows 10

You might want to change a USB drive letter in Windows 10 if Window Explorer doesn’t recognize the external hard drive. For this or any other reason, just follow the simple steps shown above for an HDD/SSD to change your USB drive letter.

How to Change DVD Drive Letter in Windows 10

Changing a DVD drive letter in Windows 10 can be done easily through Disk Management. Just follow the steps shown above to also change the DVD drive letter.

You have now successfully changed your DVD drive letter in Windows 10.

How to Change Recovery Drive Letter in Windows 10

Changing your recovery drive will only take a few seconds. Just as before, follow the directions shown previously to quickly change your recovery drive letter.

How to Change Boot Drive Letter in Windows 10

Unfortunately, changing your boot drive letter in Windows is not possible through Desk Management.

We only recommend changing your boot drive in case of an emergency. Otherwise, you shouldn’t make any changes to your boot drive. If you make a wrong step, you might not be able to run your system properly. For that reason, please follow the steps we’ve provided carefully. You should also make a system backup before proceeding any further.

Below, we’ll explain how to swap drive C and D letters. To assign your C drive with another letter, you should rename the \DosDevice\letter: value to another letter that’s not already in use.

Also, before you mess with the Register, it’s a good idea to create a copy of the Register before it’s been edited.

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  • Close the Registry Editor, wait a few seconds, and then open it back up.

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  • Click Rename .
  • Rename the file to a new drive letter \DosDevices\Z:. This will empty your C partition.
  • Locate the drive you wish to change the letter of. Find \DosDevice\D:. Right-click on it and click Rename .
  • Change the name to the new drive letter \DosDevice\C:.
  • Choose the appropriate value for \DosDevices\Z: and click Rename .
  • Change the name to \DosDevices\D:.
  • Close Regedit and open it back up.
  • Change the Admin permission settings to Read Only .
  • Restart your PC.

You have now successfully changed your boot drive letter in Windows 10.

Additional FAQs

Is it safe to change drive letters.

Changing drive letters is not a problem in itself. But if your computer needs to run a file that’s written in that very drive, you might have an issue. It’s not just for any reason that Windows warns you before changing a drive letter.

Generally, it’s not recommended to change drive letters unless that would help solve a specific issue. For example, if your Windows Explorer doesn’t recognize an external device under a certain driver, it’s okay to change its name.

There are some drives you can change the letters of without consequences. For example, to a partition that has files you rarely use. Also, you can change an external drive’s letter without problems.

Changing Drive Letters in Windows 10

In this article, we’ve provided you with some useful tips on how to change drive letters in Windows 10. Remember, only do this if strictly necessary, as it might cause some apps on your computer to not run properly.

Have you ever had to change your drive letters for a specific reason? Did you run into any problems? Share your experiences in the comments section below.

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Drive or partition letters are not fixed. You can change them. Here is how to change a drive letter in Windows 10 & 11 operating systems.

Windows automatically assigns a unique drive letter for all the drives, partitions, and plugged-in USB drives. Generally, the assigned letters are in incremental order starting with the letter C. For the most part, you don’t have to change the drive letter as it is pretty inconsequential in most cases. However, there might be times when you need to manually modify the drive letter of a drive, partition, or plugged-in USB drive to meet certain requirements.

For example, I want to use the drive letter X for one of my partitions because one of my older scripts requires it. The script won’t work as intended if it doesn’t have that specific drive letter. Since these are older files, and there are many of them, in typical Windows fashion, I tend to swap the drive letter rather than making the necessary changes to the script files.

Thankfully, Windows has several ways to change the drive letter . You can use the built-in partition manager or execute a few commands in the terminal. I will show both ways, follow the method you like.

Table of contents:

Change drive letter using partition manager

Commands to change drive letter.

Note: Close all active programs except your browser before proceeding with the below steps. It will reduce potential conflicts between programs and the drives.

Important: Do not change the drive letter of system volume or boot partition (C drive).

The steps below work the same in Windows 10 and 11.

Though most don’t know, Windows has a built-in partition manager called Disk Management. You can use it to quickly and easily change the drive letter. All you have to do is go to the drive options and choose the new drive letter.

Here is how to do it:

  • Press “ Win + R ” to open Run .
  • Type “ diskmgmt.msc ” and click “ Ok .”
  • Find the drive you want to modify.
  • Right-click on the drive.
  • Choose the “ Change drive letter and paths ” option.
  • Click the “ Change ” button.
  • Select the “ Assign the following drive letter ” radio option.
  • Choose a drive letter from the dropdown.
  • Click “ Ok .”
  • Click “ Yes ” in the warning window.
  • Again, click “ Yes ” in the second warning window.
  • Close the main disk management window.
  • You have successfully changed the drive letter in Windows 10 and 11.

Steps with more details:

First, search and open “Create and format hard disk partitions” from the Start menu. You can also use the “diskmgmt.msc” Run (Win + R) command.

After opening the Disk Management tool, find the drive you want to change the drive letter, right-click on it, and choose the “Change drive letter and paths” option.

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Now, click the “Change” button.

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Select the “Assign the following drive letter” radio option, choose a drive letter from the dropdown menu, and press “Ok.”

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You will see a couple of warning prompts. Press the “Yes” button in both prompts.

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Finally, close the Disk Management tool, and you are done.

That is all. You’ve successfully changed the drive letter in Windows. To make the changes take full effect, reboot the system.

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You can use the diskpart command to change the drive letter of any drive, partition, or USB drive in Windows. Here’s how to use the command to modify the drive letter.

Press the Windows Key to open the Start menu . Type “ Command Prompt ,” right-click on the result, and select the “ Run as administrator ” option. You can also right-click the Start menu, choose “Windows Terminal (Admin),” and open the Command Prompt tab in it.

After opening the cmd window, type “ diskpart ” and press Enter. This will launch the diskpart program in the cmd window.

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Type “ list volume ” and press Enter.

The above command will list all partitions and their volume numbers. Take note of the volume number of the drive you want to modify.

Next, execute the “ select volume #number ” command. Don’t forget to replace the #number with the actual volume number.

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After selecting the volume, execute the “ assign letter=NewDriveLetter ” command. Replace “ NewDriveLetter ” with the actual drive letter you want to assign.

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Once assigned, close the cmd window.

That is all. Once the diskpart commands are executed successfully, the drive letter is changed instantly. To make the changes take full effect, reboot Windows.

I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, send an email, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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  • Open Disk Management. Locate the drive you want to change. Right-click and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths > Change .
  • Select the drive letter you want to assign from Assign the following drive letter . Then select OK and choose Yes .

The letters assigned to your hard drives, optical drives, and USB drives in Windows are not fixed. Use the Disk Management tool in Windows to change drive letters. These steps apply to Windows XP and newer versions of Windows .

How to Change Drive Letters in Windows

Follow these steps to change the driver letters in any version of Windows.

You can't change the drive letter of the partition that Windows is installed onto. On most computers, this is usually the C drive.

Open Disk Management , the tool in Windows that lets you manage drive letters, among [many] other things.

In Windows 11/10/8, Disk Management is also available from the Power User Menu ( WIN + X  keyboard shortcut) and is probably the quickest way to open it. You can also start Disk Management from the Command Prompt in any version of Windows, but starting it via Computer Management is probably best for most of you.

Locate from the list at the top, or from the map at the bottom, the drive you want to change the drive letter of.

If you're not sure that the drive you're looking at is really the one you want to change the drive letter for, you can right-click or tap-and-hold the drive and then choose Explore . If you need to, look through the folders to see if that's the right drive.

Right-click or tap-and-hold the drive and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths .

Select Change .

If you've selected the primary drive by accident, some versions of Windows will display a message that reads Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume.

Choose the drive letter you want Windows to assign to this storage device by selecting it from the Assign the following drive letter drop-down box.

You don't need to worry if the drive letter is already being used by another drive because Windows hides any letters you can't use.

Select OK .

Choose Yes to the Some programs that rely on drive letters might not run correctly. Do you want to continue? question.

If you have software installed to this drive, it might stop working properly after changing the drive letter. See details on this in the section below.

Once the drive letter change is complete, which usually only takes a second or two, you're welcome to close any open Disk Management or other windows.

The drive letter is different from the volume label. You can change the volume label using similar steps .

If You Have Programs Not on the Main Drive

Changing drive letter assignments for drives that have software installed to them may cause the software to stop working. This isn't quite as common with newer programs and apps but if you have an old program, especially if you're still using Windows XP or Windows Vista, this is likely to be a problem.

Fortunately, most of us don't have software installed to drives other than the primary drive (typically the C drive), but if you do, consider this your warning that you might need to reinstall the software after changing the drive letter.

No Changes for the Operating System Drive

You cannot change the drive letter of the drive that the Windows operating system is installed on. If you'd like Windows to exist on a drive other than C , or whatever it happens to be now, you can make that happen but you'll have to complete a clean install of Windows to do it. Unless you have a pressing need to have Windows exist on a different drive letter, we don't recommend going through all that trouble.

Change, Don't Switch

There's no built-in way to switch drive letters between two drives in Windows. Instead, use a drive letter that you don't plan on using as a temporary "holding" letter during the drive letter change process.

For example, let's say you'd like to swap Drive A for Drive B . Start by changing Drive A's letter to one that you don't plan on using (like X ), then Drive B's letter to Drive A's original one, and finally Drive A's letter to Drive B's original one.

Using the Command Prompt

You can also change the drive letter from Command Prompt . It's not as easy as using Disk Management and you can't see right away which letters are available to choose, but it is completely doable with the diskpart command.

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Assign Drive Letters to Folders in Windows

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If there are folders that you access frequently, this post shows you how to quickly access these folders in Windows Explorer without having to enter the full path to the folder. We will discuss three ways to map folders to drive letters.

Method 1: Use the subst DOS Command

First, we will use an old DOS command, called subst , that allows you to assign a drive letter to any folder in Windows.

For this example, we will assign a drive letter for the following folder: C:\Users\Lori Kaufman\Documents\My Work .

Open the Start menu and enter “ cmd.exe ” (without the quotes) in the Search programs and files box. Click cmd.exe in the results to open the command prompt window.

Opening the command prompt window

In the command prompt window, type the following command to associate drive “ Y: ” with the folder.

NOTE: If there are spaces in the path name, be sure to put quotes around the full path.

Entering the subst command

Now, when we open Windows Explorer, we see a new drive labeled Y: that will directly open the My Work folder.

Drive Y: added

Use this same process to assign different drive letters to all your frequently used directories. However, the subst command cannot be used with mapped network folders.

Method 2: Use the psubst Utility

A disadvantage of using the subst command is that these virtual drives are temporary and will be removed as soon as you shutdown or restart the computer or log off. However, you can solve this by using the free psubst utility, which operates like the subst command but it creates permanent virtual drives that are persistent even after rebooting your computer.

Download the psubst utility from

https://github.com/ildar-shaimordanov/psubst

Now go ahead and read my post on how to use psubst to map a folder to a drive letter .

Method 3: Use a Graphical Tool

If you would rather use a graphical tool to map drive letters to folders, there is a free utility called, Visual Subst , that’s like a graphical version of the psubst utility.

Download Visual Subst from

http://www.ntwind.com/software/utilities/visual-subst.html

To install Visual Subst , double-click on the .exe file you downloaded.

Visual Subst executable file

On the Installation Options screen, select the check boxes for the Program Shortcuts you want to install and click Next .

Installation Options

When the setup is completed, click Close .  Double-click the shortcut to start the program. You can also start it from the Start menu.

Installation Completed

The main Visual Subst window displays. Select a desired drive letter from the drop-down list.

Selecting a drive letter

To select a folder to map to the selected drive letter, click the Browse button to the right of the edit box.

Clicking the Browse button

On the Browse For Folder dialog box, navigate to the folder you want to map, select it, and click OK .

Selecting a folder on the Browse For Folder dialog box

To map the selected folder to the selected drive letter, click the green plus button on the button bar to the left of the drive letter drop-down list.

Adding the selected=

The virtual drive is added to the list. Add more virtual drives by selecting a drive letter and a corresponding folder and adding it to the list as described above.

Virtual drive W: added in Visual Subst

If you want the virtual drives you defined available automatically when you start Windows, select the Apply virtual drives on Windows startup check box so there is a check mark in the box.

Applying virtual dries on Windows startup

To save the settings for Visual Subst , click the floppy disk button on the button bar. A file with the .ini extension is saved in the same directory where Visual Subst was installed.

Saving settings in Visual Subst

The mapped folders display as Hard Disk Drives in Windows Explorer.

Drive W: added in Explorer

If you want to remove the mapping for a folder, open Visual Subst again and select the virtual drive from the list. Click the red X button on the button bar.

Deleting a virtual drive in Visual Subst

Mapping folders to drive letters can save you a lot of time and Visual Subst makes adding virtual drives easy. Visual Subst works in Windows 2000, Windows XP, and later versions of Windows including Windows 7, 8 and 10. Enjoy!

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How to create a Recovery Partition in Microsoft Windows 10/11

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When troubleshooting system boot issues, having a recovery partition can be a lifesaver. It serves as a safety net, allowing you to restore your system to a previous state in case of critical errors or system failures. While Windows 10/11 offers built-in recovery options, creating a dedicated recovery partition can provide additional peace of mind and streamline the recovery process. It typically includes utilities for system recovery, such as system restore points, recovery images, and diagnostic tools. By creating a recovery partition, you ensure that these critical resources are readily accessible, even if your operating system becomes corrupted or unbootable. In this guide, we’ll explore the step-by-step process of creating a recovery partition in Microsoft Windows 10/11.

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Preparing for Partition Creation:

Before creating a recovery partition, it’s crucial to take some preparatory steps to ensure a smooth process. Firstly, ensure that you have sufficient free space at least 250 MB on your hard drive to allocate for the recovery partition, see how to Extend the Windows RE Partition . Typically, a recovery partition requires a few gigabytes of space, depending on the size of your operating system and the additional tools you wish to include. Additionally, back up any important data on your system to prevent loss in case of unforeseen complications during the partition creation process.

Creating a Recovery Partition in Windows 10/11:

Now that you’ve prepared your system for partition creation, it’s time to dive into the actual process. Follow these steps to create a recovery partition in Windows 10/11:

Press the Windows key + X on your keyboard to open the Power User menu. Select “Disk Management” from the list of options to launch the Disk Management utility.

Open disk management

In Disk Management, locate the partition from which you want to shrink the volume to allocate space for the recovery partition.

Right-click on the partition and select “Shrink Volume” from the context menu.

Select shrink volume

Enter the amount of space you want to shrink from the partition to create unallocated space for the recovery partition, and then click on “Shrink.”

Shrink volume

After shrinking the volume, you should see unallocated space on your hard drive. Right-click on the unallocated space and select “New Simple Volume” from the context menu.

Click New Simple Volume

In the New Simple Volume Wizard, specify the size for the partition and click “Next.”

Specify partition size

Optionally, you can assign a drive letter or mount point for easy access.

Assign drive letter

Optionally, you can give the partition a descriptive name to identify it as the recovery partition.

Name partition

Click ‘Finish’ to complete the process.

Click finish

Move Recovery Image to Recovery Partition

Before moving the recovery image to the newly created partition, we need to first disable the Windows Recovery Environment (WINRE) if it is already enabled. Follow the steps below to do this:

Run the command prompt as administrator.

Open Command Prompt

To confirm if Windows RE is enabled, type the following command and press Enter:

Windows RE info

To disable Windows RE, type the following command and press Enter:

Windows RE disabled

We will need to assign an ID to the created partition before we move the WinRE to the partition. Type the following command and press Enter after each command.

Diskpart command

List the partitions in the selected disk.

From the listed partition, select the newly created partition. Change the “6” in the below command to your partition number.

Select disk partition

To view the current partition ID, enter the following command.

Partition ID

To change the partition ID, enter the following command.

Set new partition ID

Leave diskpart using the following command.

Now, when we re-enable the WinRE, it will look for the new partition ID we set and move the recovery image there. To do this, use the following command.

Enabled WinRE

Verifying the Recovery Partition:

After creating the recovery partition, it’s essential to verify that it functions correctly and contains the necessary system files and tools. You can do this by accessing the partition through File Explorer and checking for the presence of recovery-related files and folders. Additionally, you can test the recovery process by booting into the recovery environment and attempting to restore your system from the recovery partition.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, creating a recovery partition in Windows 10/11 is a proactive step towards safeguarding your system against potential disasters. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can create a dedicated space on your hard drive for storing essential system recovery tools and files.

I hope you found this article on how to create a recovery partition in Microsoft Windows 10/11 useful . Please feel free to leave a comment below.

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Remove Drive Letter in Windows 11

The easiest way to remove a drive letter is the Settings app.

Remove Drive Letter in the Settings app

  • Press Win + I to open the Settings app.

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This will instantly remove the letter for the chosen drive, and you can safely close the Settings app if you have no other tasks for it.

Disk Management is another easy way to delete a letter for any drive.

Remove Drive Letter in Disk Management

Select Disk Management from the menu

  • Confirm the letter removal by clicking on Yes , and the drive will instantly disappear from File Explorer.

An alternative method is the console DiskPart tool. It allows you to remove the drive letter from the command prompt. This will hide the drive in File Explorer.

Using DiskPart

Run diskpart

  • Write down or remember of the volume number, e.g. 5 for the drive letter you want to remove.

diskpart sel volume

  • Now close the DiskPart window, or type exit to leave it via a command.

That's how you remove the drive letter with diskpart.

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Now, let's review an additional method that involves PowerShell. Note that you'll need a PowerShell console open as Administrator (elevated) .

Remove Drive Letter with PowerShell

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  • The drive letter is now removed, and the drive is no longer exposed in File Explorer.

You have successfully deleted the letter with PowerShell. But there are more console methods. The built-in mountvol command is one of them, so let's review it.

Remove Drive Letter using "mountvol" command

  • Press Win + X , select Terminal (Admin) from the menu that open, and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt as you Terminal tab.

mountvol

  • You can now close the Terminal app.

▶ The mountvol utiliity allows creating, deleting, or listing a volume mount point. Additionally, volumes can be linked without the need for a drive letter, i.e. to a folder. For reference, check out this documentation .

Remove drive letters for earlier connected devices

Here we will delete the associated letters and registry entries for volume mount points of drives no longer connected to the system. In simpler terms, it removes any assigned driver letters from drives that are not currently connected or powered on. You have two options for that.

Option 1. The automount scrub command

  • From the Start button's right-click menu, select Terminal (Admin) , and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt .

remove letters for disconnected drives

  • The letters for disconnected devices are now released. It is now safe to close  Terminal.

Option 2. The mountvol  /r command

  • Open Terminal (Admin) from the Win + X menu, and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt profile (tab).

delete drive letters for earlier connected devices

  • You can now close the Terminal window if you have no other tasks for it.

Voila, you have successfully deleted the earlier assigned letters for all disconnected devices.

Finally, once you delete the letters for all desired partitions, you may want to prevent Windows from assigning the letters for specific drives. It is also possible. Follow the steps in the next chapter.

Prevent Windows from Assigning Drive Letter to Partition

We already know that Windows automatically designates the letter C for the system partition and the letter D for the user partition, and so on. You have the option to modify the letter of a custom partition or delete it entirely using the Disk Management snap-in. But any other user can easily assign a letter to the partition using the same Disk Management tool.

If you want, you can prevent Windows from assigning a letter for a specific partition. For that, you need to change partition attributes by following the steps below.

To prevent Windows from assigning  a drive letter for a partition, do the following .

  • Right-click the Start button, and select Run from the menu (or press Win + R ).
  • In the Run dialog, type diskpart , hit Enter , and confirm the User Account Control prompt (if appears).

disk part list disk

  • Next, type list volum , and hit Enter . Note the volume number that corresponds to the partition you want prevent from having a letter.

list volumes in diskpart

  • If it has a letter, you can now remove it with the remove letter F command, where F is the drive letter (use the actual one instead of F).
  • Finally, the next two commands will do the trick. Type set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac and press Enter . This command assigns the status of a service recovery partition to the volume.
  • The final command is gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001 . It sets two flags, "required partition" and "never assign the letter". This is the only way to prevent Windows to add the letter.

That's it! From now on, your specified drive will never have a letter.

Prevent letter assignment on MBR

You may have already noticed the "gpt" command. It applies to the modern gpt partition layouts. If your device comes with Windows 10 or Windows 11 preinstalled, it is hard to imagine that it doesn't have the GPT layout. But if by a chance you have installed Windows on an older drive with the legacy MBR partition layout, you need to use a different command instead of the last two.

💡 Here is how you can find if you have GPT or MBR partition layout .

So, for an MBR drive, use the command set id=27 override . The set of commands in this case will be as follows

select disk <disk number> list part sel part <partition number> set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001 set id=27 override

Undoing the changes

To make the partition "regular" again, you need to substitute value in the last command(s).

For GPT partitions, it will be

set id=ebd0a0a2-b9e5-4433-87c0-68b6b72699c7 gpt attributes=0X0000000000000000

And for MBR, the last command is

set id=07 override

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How to check usb storage in windows 10.

If you are using a Windows 10 operating system and would like to check the storage of your USB device, there are several methods you can follow. Whether you want to see how much space is left on your USB drive or inspect its overall health, this article will guide you through the process. Let’s dive in!

Method 1: Using File Explorer

**How to check USB storage in Windows 10 using File Explorer?** 1. Connect your USB drive to your computer. 2. Open File Explorer by pressing the Windows key + E. 3. Look for your USB drive under the “This PC” section. 4. Right-click on the USB drive icon and select “Properties.” 5. A new window will appear, displaying the storage capacity, used space, and free space of your USB drive.

Method 2: Using Windows Security

**How to check USB storage in Windows 10 using Windows Security?** 1. Connect your USB drive to your computer. 2. Click on the Windows Start button and select the “Settings” icon (gear-shaped). 3. In the Settings window, click on “Update & Security.” 4. Choose “Windows Security” from the left-hand menu. 5. Click on “Device security” and then select “Core isolation details.” 6. Scroll down to “Memory integrity” and click on “Open Windows Security.” 7. In the new window that opens, click on “App & browser control.” 8. Scroll down and click on “Exploit protection settings.” 9. A new window will appear; click on “Program settings” tab. 10. Scroll down and locate “Microsoft Office Click-to-Run” in the list. 11. Expand it and select “System.” 12. Scroll down and check if the “Block file transfers from Office to remote locations” option is enabled. 13. If it is, disable the option. 14. Now, your USB drive should be accessible.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. how do i determine the format of my usb drive.

To check the format of your USB drive, follow these steps: 1. Connect the USB drive to your computer. 2. Open File Explorer and locate your USB drive. 3. Right-click on the USB drive icon and select “Properties.” 4. A new window will appear, and under the “General” tab, you will find the “File system” information.

2. Can I use Disk Management to check my USB storage in Windows 10?

Yes, you can. Follow these steps: 1. Connect the USB drive to your computer. 2. Press Windows key + X and select “Disk Management” from the menu. 3. In the Disk Management window, you will see a list of all connected drives, including your USB drive.

3. How can I format my USB drive in Windows 10?

To format your USB drive in Windows 10, do the following: 1. Connect the USB drive to your computer. 2. Open File Explorer and locate your USB drive. 3. Right-click on the USB drive icon. 4. Choose “Format” from the context menu. 5. A new window will appear with various formatting options. 6. Select your desired format and click “Start” to begin the formatting process.

4. Is there a way to check the health of my USB drive?

Yes, there are several third-party tools available for checking the health of your USB drive, such as CrystalDiskInfo or HD Tune. These tools can provide detailed information about your drive’s health, including any potential issues.

5. Can I check USB storage on Windows 10 using Command Prompt?

Yes, you can check USB storage using Command Prompt. 1. Connect the USB drive to your computer. 2. Press Windows key + X and select “Command Prompt” (Admin) from the menu. 3. In the Command Prompt window, type “diskpart” and press Enter. 4. Type “list disk” and press Enter. This will display a list of all connected disks, including your USB drive.

6. How can I back up the data on my USB drive?

To back up the data on your USB drive, you can simply copy and paste the files to another storage device, such as your computer’s hard drive or an external hard drive. You can also use backup software to automate the process and ensure data integrity.

7. What should I do if my USB drive is not recognized in Windows 10?

If your USB drive is not recognized in Windows 10, try the following solutions: – Check if the USB drive is properly connected. – Try connecting the USB drive to different USB ports. – Update USB drivers. – Use Disk Management to assign a drive letter to the USB drive.

8. How can I encrypt my USB drive on Windows 10?

To encrypt your USB drive on Windows 10, you can use BitLocker, a built-in disk encryption tool. Follow these steps: 1. Connect the USB drive to your computer. 2. Open File Explorer and locate your USB drive. 3. Right-click on the USB drive icon and select “Turn on BitLocker.” 4. Follow the on-screen instructions to set a password and encrypt the drive.

9. Can I check the USB storage on a Mac computer?

Yes, Mac users can check the USB storage by opening Finder, selecting the USB drive from the sidebar, and clicking on “Get Info.” The storage details, including capacity and available space, will be displayed.

10. What should I do if my USB drive is write-protected?

If your USB drive is write-protected, you may not be able to modify or delete files. To remove the write-protection, look for a physical switch or slider on the USB drive and toggle it to the unlocked position. If it doesn’t have a physical switch, you can try using disk management tools or third-party software to remove the write-protection.

11. Is it possible to recover deleted files from a USB drive in Windows 10?

Yes, it is possible to recover deleted files from a USB drive in Windows 10, as long as the files have not been overwritten. You can use third-party data recovery software, such as Recuva or EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, to scan for and recover the deleted files.

12. How can I safely eject my USB drive in Windows 10?

To safely eject your USB drive to prevent data loss or corruption, follow these steps: 1. Locate the USB drive icon in the system tray (bottom-right corner). 2. Right-click on the USB drive icon. 3. Select “Eject” or “Safely Remove Hardware.” 4. Wait until a notification appears, confirming that it is safe to remove the USB device. 5. Disconnect the USB drive from your computer.

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Creating a new drive, such as a D drive, in Windows 11 is a straightforward process that involves a few steps in the Disk Management utility. By following these steps, you can partition your hard drive to create a new volume, which will function as your D drive. This guide will walk you through the task.

How to Create D Drive in Windows 11

In this section, we’ll cover how to use the Disk Management tool in Windows 11 to create a new drive partition, which will become your D drive. Follow these steps carefully, and you’ll have a new drive set up in no time.

Step 1: Open Disk Management

  • Right-click the Start button and select "Disk Management."

When you right-click on the Start button, a menu will pop up. "Disk Management" is a built-in Windows utility that allows you to manage your hard drives and partitions. Selecting it will open the Disk Management window.

Step 2: Shrink an Existing Volume

Right-click on the drive you want to partition and select "Shrink Volume."

This step reduces the size of an existing volume to free up space for the new drive. The "Shrink Volume" option will calculate how much space can be shrunk from the selected drive.

Step 3: Allocate Space for the New Partition

  • Enter the amount of space to shrink and click "Shrink."

You’ll need to specify how much space you want to allocate for the D drive. After entering the desired amount, clicking "Shrink" will free up that space on your hard drive.

Step 4: Create a New Simple Volume

  • Right-click on the unallocated space and select "New Simple Volume."

This action will open the New Simple Volume Wizard, which helps you set up the new partition. The unallocated space is the free space you created in the previous step.

Step 5: Assign Drive Letter D

Follow the wizard’s instructions and assign the letter D to the new volume.

As you progress through the wizard, you’ll come to a step that asks you to assign a drive letter. Choose D from the dropdown menu to make this your D drive.

Step 6: Format the New Volume

Choose the file system (usually NTFS) and format the new volume.

Formatting prepares the new volume for use. NTFS is the most common file system for Windows drives, so it’s usually the best choice.

After completing these steps, your new D drive will appear in File Explorer, ready for use. You can now store files, install programs, or use it however you like.

Tips for Creating D Drive in Windows 11

  • Make sure to back up important data before altering partitions.
  • Ensure you have enough free space on your existing drive before shrinking it.
  • Use Disk Management cautiously, as improper use can cause data loss.
  • Consider naming your new drive to keep your system organized.
  • Regularly check the health of your hard drives to avoid issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of creating a new drive.

Creating a new drive helps organize files and programs, manage storage efficiently, and can improve system performance.

Can I undo the process if I make a mistake?

Yes, you can delete the new volume using Disk Management, but ensure you back up any data on the new drive first.

Will creating a new partition affect my existing data?

Shrinking a volume and creating a new partition should not affect existing data, but it’s always wise to back up important files.

How long does the process take?

The time varies depending on your system and the amount of space being partitioned but generally takes a few minutes.

Can I create more than one new drive?

Yes, you can create multiple partitions by repeating the process, as long as you have enough unallocated space.

  • Right-click on the drive to partition and select "Shrink Volume."
  • Assign the letter D to the new volume.
  • Choose the file system and format the new volume.

Creating a D drive in Windows 11 is a handy way to better manage your storage and keep your files organized. By following these steps, you can efficiently set up a new partition on your existing hard drive. The Disk Management tool is a powerful utility that, when used correctly, can greatly enhance how you use your computer.

Remember, always back up your data before making any changes to your hard drive. This ensures that in the unlikely event something goes wrong, your important files are safe. Additionally, regular maintenance of your drives can help prevent future issues.

So, if you find your C drive getting cluttered or want to separate your work files from your personal files, creating a D drive is a great solution. Give it a try, and see how it can improve your computing experience!

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Windows doesn't assign drive letter automatically

Till tomorrow my 2TB WD elements Drive having single partition works fine. Automatically detection of drive and drive letter was assigned automatically.

But today I am facing some strange issues regarding this drive.

1. After plug-in the drive, disk management shows it. But Windows doesn't assign drive letter automatically. 2. At this stage, in Disk Management, Properties window of the drive ( from right-click context menu) is not showing up. 3. Using 'Change drive letter and path..' I can/have to assign a drive letter (example the drive letter is J:). But after ejection of the drive using 'Safely remove hardware and eject media' form taskbar and re-plug in the drive, that drive letter (J:) is not seemed to be reassigned to this drive any more. In explorer double-clicking the drive (J:) shows the 'Location not available' issue. I have to use another drive letter for the same drive

how do i assign a drive letter in windows 10

Current Read-only State : No Read-only  : No Boot Disk  : No Pagefile Disk  : No Hibernation File Disk  : No Crashdump Disk  : No Clustered Disk  : No DISKPART> list part   Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset   -------------  ----------------  -------  -------   Partition 1    Primary           1862 GB  1024 KB DISKPART> select part 1 Partition 1 is now the selected partition. DISKPART> attributes volume

Read-only              : No Hidden                 : Yes No Default Drive Letter: No Shadow Copy            : No DISKPART> attributes volume clear hidden DiskPart has encountered an error: Incorrect function. See the System Event Log for more information. From Event Viewer Error Event Data: 1@01010015

Now I want this drive working well without format or any kind of data loss.

Will you give some light in this issue? Thanks in advance.

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Hello Gouranga,

Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

Please provide some additional information, so that we can assist you better.

        Have you made any changes on your computer prior to this issue?

It seems that some feature of automatic detection of partitions on the external hard disks fails. I suggest you to follow below mentioned methods and see if that helps.

Method 1 : Check if the Virtual disk service is running in the background.

Press ‘ Windows + R ’ on your keyboard.

In the run command line type ‘ Services. MSc ’.

In the list select ‘ Virtual disk ’ and double click on it.

Select ‘ Automatic ’ and click on ‘Start’.

Restart your computer.

Method 2 : Open the command prompt as administrator .

Type ‘ Diskpart ’.

Within Diskpart, make sure that automatic mounting is enabled .

Type ‘ Automount enable ’ on the command prompt.

Exit from command prompt and restart your computer.

Verify if the letters are assigned to the external USB drives.

Method 3 : Try to ‘ Update the disk drives’ .

Press ‘ Windows key+X ’ on your keyboard.

Select ‘ Device manager ’ in the list.

Under the list select ‘ Disk drives ’ and expand the driver.

Select the ‘ View ’ tab and click on ‘ Show hidden devices ’.

Right click on the drivers shown in the list and select ‘ Update driver ’.

Select ‘ Search automatically for updated driver software ’ and follow the onscreen instructions. If a new driver is found, it’ll be downloaded and installed automatically.

Once after updating the drivers, restart your computer.  

Hope it helps.

Let us know if you got the help you needed by clicking ‘Yes or No’.

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Which type of information you need, please specify.

I can't remember any such changes related to this issue, that I've made.

Method 1: ‘ Virtual disk ’ has already ' Automatic ' start-up.

Method 2:  ' Automatic mounting of new volumes enabled '. I already have mentioned it in my post.

Method 3: This drive is detected successfully by 'Device Manager' and 'Disk Management' also, but Windows doesn't assign any drive letter for the drive. Please check the screen shot I've posted.

One more things Windows is blocking the letters which I assign by manual method. Means I have assigned the letter 'I" now, After restart PC, the letter 'I' is not available to reuse. Explorer shows the 'I" drive icon but opening the drive, pops up 'Location is not available. I've to choose the next letter 'J" and later 'K' .... and so on...

None of the methods solve this strange issue.

Thanks again for your assistance.

Thank you for your response.

Open the command prompt as administrator and follow below mentioned steps. Check if the “ hidden” and “do not assign a drive letter ” attributes are set for the partition on the USB drive .

List the disks: list disk

Find the disk number assigned to your USB flash drive and select disk ( number ).

List the partitions on the disk: list part

Select the desired partition: select partition

Check the partition attributes: attributes volume

Disable these attributes with commands:

         attributes volume clear NoDefaultDriveLetter

         attributes volume clear hidden

 7.  Volume attributes will clear successfully

 8.  End the diskpart session by typing: Exit    

 9.  Restart your and check USB drive should automatically be assigned a drive letter on your computer.

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Thank again for your response too.

Here the Diskpart window output:

Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.17134.1

Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. On computer: JOY-SRI-GURU

DISKPART> list disk

  Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt   --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---   Disk 0    Online          111 GB  1024 KB   Disk 1    Online          931 GB  1024 KB   Disk 2    No Media           0 B      0 B   Disk 3    Online         1862 GB      0 B   Disk 4    Online          931 GB  1024 KB

DISKPART> Select Disk 3

Disk 3 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> List part

  Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset   -------------  ----------------  -------  -------   Partition 1    Primary           1862 GB  1024 KB

DISKPART> Select Part 1

Partition 1 is now the selected partition.

DISKPART> attributes volume Read-only              : No Hidden                 : Yes No Default Drive Letter : No Shadow Copy            : No

DISKPART> attributes volume clear NoDefaultDriveLetter

DiskPart has encountered an error: Incorrect function. See the System Event Log for more information.

DISKPART> attributes volume clear hidden

According to Event Viewer:

Unexpected failure. Error code: 1@01010015

Restarting PC also after the steps doesn't make any sense.

I am truly worried now.

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Hello Jason,

I would suggest you to try connecting different drive to the same computer and see if that helps.

You may try below mentioned steps and see if that helps.

Step 1 : Uninstall and reinstall all USB controllers .

a. Go to the desktop view.

b. Click Windows key + R , type devmgmt.msc and press enter .

c. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers .

d. Right-click every device under the Universal Serial Bus controllers node, and then click Uninstall to remove them one at a time.

e. Restart the computer, and then reinstall the USB controllers.

Step 2: Try to update the USB driver from manufacturer website and then try to assigning drive letter and follow the article suggested by ‘ Andre Da Costa ’ on how to update drivers in Windows 10 .

I am here again to say thanks.

But sorry to say that none of above methods works for me.

But magically (I really don't why, maybe GOD may know) its working fully as before.

Now time to say thanks to GOD.

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Frederik Long

Hi! Now time to say thanks to GOD. Bye.

I did not know that your God is skilled in fixing Windows 10 problems. Maybe you should sign him up as a permanent expert respondent in this forum.

16 people found this reply helpful

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An external hard drive not showing up in Windows 10 could occasionally appear. On Windows computers or Macs, the issue of an external hard drive not showing up is frequent and can result in data loss. In this article, we go over in depth how to fix this issue in various scenarios and how to recover data from the hard drive .

he first thing in troubleshooting your external hard drive is to check the connectors. Make sure your PC and external hard drive are correctly connected.

Try connecting your external hard drive to another device to check if it functions there if it’s still not working. If it functions properly on another device, your computer or laptop is probably the source of the issue, so you should attempt debugging your system.

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An “external hard drive not showing up” problem can be a nightmare for anyone with important files stored on their hard drive because they can’t ensure whether the data or files still exist on the storage device. Fortunately, there are ways to recover data from a hard disk that is not detecting . Thus, we will discuss the best method for recovering data from your external hard drive.

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Find out what might have caused the external hard drive not to show up before you start learning how to fix an external hard drive that is not identified. Numerous causes could be to blame for this problem. Some of these can include:

  • 📀The Windows driver issue with your device
  • 📇Problematic connection
  • 🗂️Unsupported files system
  • 👁️‍🗨️The hard drive is unallocated or not initialized

We have 6 methods for you to troubleshoot the external hard drive not showing up Windows 10 problem.

Fix 1. Check the Connection of the Hdd and PC

To determine if it can be detected, you can see if the external hard drive is correctly attached, try plugging the USB cable into another USB port or plug it into another PC. Try the other remedies listed below if it is still not appearing in your system.

Fix 2. Update or Reinstall the External Drivers

If the problematic external hard drive can appear after checking the connection to the PC, you can update the drive by the following steps to avoid the error happening again.

Step 1. Press Windows key + X and select “Device Manager”.

Step 2. Expand the “Disk drives” option.

Step 3. Right-click on the external hard drive and select “Update driver”.

how do i assign a drive letter in windows 10

Step 4. Follow the prompts to update the drivers.

If your hard drive is still unrecognized, you can’t update drivers as you typically would by right-clicking the device and selecting “Update driver.” Instead, go to the hardware manufacturer’s official support website and download the most recent driver for the item you bought.

Fix 3. Disable USB Selective Suspend

Windows has a feature called USB Selective Suspend that enables it to turn off specific USB ports when they are not in use to conserve power.

Step 1. Search for Control Panel by pressing Windows Key + S . Go to the first result.

Step 2. Select “Power Options” under “Hardware and Sound”.

how do i assign a drive letter in windows 10

Step 3. On the electricity plan that is active right now, click “Change plan settings”.

Step 4. Change advanced power settings.

Step 5. After expanding the USB settings, select “USB selective suspend” from the drop-down menu.

how do i assign a drive letter in windows 10

Step 6. Set the setting to Disabled if you’re using a desktop. You can choose to disable this setting for either one or both of the On battery and Plugged-in settings if you’re using a laptop.

Step 7. Click “Apply” to finish, and then shut the windows.

Fix 4. Format the External Hard Drive

If the external hard drive is not showing up on Windows 10, formatting the drive might be the solution. However, this process will erase all the data on the drive. Ensure that you have backed up your files before formatting the drive. You can format the drive by following these steps:

Step 1. Press Windows key + X and select Disk Management.

Step 2. Locate your external hard drive on the list.

Step 3. Right-click on the drive and select Format.

Step 4. Follow the prompts to format the drive.

Fix 5. Check Hardware via Recovery Service

If none of the aforementioned fixes work, the external hard drive may have a hardware problem. Try attaching the drive to a different computer to see if it is recognized. If the drive is still not recognized, there may be a problem with the drive itself. You might need to take your data to a specialized data recovery service to get it back.

Fix 6. Change or Assign a Drive Letter

If your external hard drive is not showing up on Windows 10, it might be because it doesn’t have a drive letter assigned. You can assign a drive letter by following these steps:

Step 1. Press the Windows key + X and select “Disk Management”.

Step 3. Right-click on the drive and select “Change Drive Letter and Paths”.

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Step 4. Click on “Add” and assign a letter to the drive.

External hard drives not showing up or being detected is common in daily computer use. If you find this problem occurred to you, please try the methods mentioned above to handle it. This post was instructive and useful for opening a hard drive in Windows 10. To learn more about how to fix Windows issues, visit our website again.

What’s more, losing data from your external hard drive can be a frustrating experience. However, you can still recover valuable data with the right software EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. By following these tips, you can retrieve your lost data and prevent future data loss from happening.

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    The following steps show how to change the drive letter. Open Disk Management with administrator permissions. In Disk Management, select and hold (or right-click) the volume on which you want to change or add a drive letter and select Change Drive Letter and Paths. Tip. If you don't see the Change Drive Letter and Paths option or it's grayed ...

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    Open Settings on Windows 10. Click on System. Click on Storage. Under the "More storage settings" section, click the Manage Disks and Volumes option. Manage Disks and Volumes. Select the drive with the partition you want to change the letter. Quick note: You may need to click the arrow button in the top right corner of the drive to see all ...

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