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Change a drive 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 do you change the CD/DVD Drive letter in Server 2019 ?

Never really though of this as a difficult task in prior version of Windows, but I am coming up empty on Server 2019.

Not really a big deal as these are new server deployments, but I typically move the CD/DVD Drive letter up a bit farther in the alphabet to keep all my data volume letters consecutive.

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Ya it's pretty straight forward

diskmgmt.msc -> right click CD drive -> change drive letter and path -> change

more powershell-y

if you want to be more specific you can look for ' drivetype = 5' which is  the DVD

Author Gerard Beekmans

You can use Disk Management for this (CTRL+X, select Disk Management). Right click the CD/DVD drive, select Change Drive Letter and Paths and make your changes. Alternatively, use Powershell. This sequence may be able to be shortened somewhat. This has been working reliably for me on all recent versions of Windows including server 2019.

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Neally wrote: Ya it's pretty straight forward diskmgmt.msc -> right click CD drive -> change drive letter and path -> change

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Can I rearrange drive letters of my mapped network drives?

I have several network storage drives that I've mapped in Windows. I'm wondering if I can change their assigned drive letters easily rather than disconnecting from them all and remapping in my preferred order.

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  • 1 You don't have to do them in a certain order. When you map the drive you can assign the drive letter at that point. –  Ramhound May 18, 2015 at 17:24
  • I think you can rename them, and you can re-assign drive letters in Disk Management, but they need to be disconnected to do so. –  TheWanderer May 18, 2015 at 17:25
  • @Zacharee1, I don't think you can manage network drives like this in Disk Management. I do not see any of them listed there, and disconnecting the drives would mean essentially getting rid of that mapping. When I right click a network drive and select 'disconnect' the drive dissapears for good. –  intA May 18, 2015 at 20:05
  • Like I said, there's no way to rename them, thanks to the way Windows works. I realized the Disk Management problem right after I posted it. –  TheWanderer May 18, 2015 at 20:06
  • It's not such a big chore: when you disconnect a network drive, the path remains in the drop-down list when you set up a new mapping, so it's only half a dozen clicks per drive. –  AFH May 18, 2015 at 21:50

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Start → Run.. . (or just press Win + R )

Type: "regedit"

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Network\

There you will see a list of letters representing your mapped network drives.

Right-click the one you want to change and select "Rename". Type your desired new drive letter and close RegEdit.

Your network drive is now associated with the new drive letter.

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  • Brilliant! Thanks for this –  Chris Browet Aug 16, 2019 at 16:52
  • Reboot was even not needed on my Windows 10 2004 –  cid Jan 6, 2021 at 10:31
  • 1 In order to not reboot, one may restart explorer.exe (the most casual way would be to have an Explorer window open, go to Task Manager - Processes tab, right-click Windows Explorer app, click Restart ). This will mount under newly renamed letter, but old mounts will persist until reboot or manual disconnect (e.g. via right click menu) –  Leeroy Mar 8, 2022 at 11:57

In Windows Explorer, go to "This PC" and click "Map network drive".

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Now you can choose the network folder and change the drive letter. No reboot required.

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Every disk on Windows servers is assigned a letter by default. Default sets the C drive, which contains all of the operating system data. On a Windows server, we have seen the drives D, E, and G, as well as any external disk designated H.

You may not be aware of it, but the disk letter can be changed. You have the option of changing the existing disk letter. You can change and view the same disc letter in every device by changing it manually. It will not only help you in assigning a new letter, but it will enable you to assign letters. It allows better data organization and convenience.

In this article, we will look at how to change the disk letter. We will first go over the default way provided in every server to change it. Aside from that, we will discuss why the disk change option is greyed out. We will also recommend a third-party utility that is better suited to this problem. By the end of this article, you will be able to determine the optimum approach for changing disk letters So, let's take a closer look at the details.

Extended Reading: Drive Letter Not Available

Change Drive Letter in Disk Management

The Disk Letter can be changed using the default feature. You can use disk management to change the disk letter. It is an available Windows server. You can easily change the drive letter through it.  Let's have a look at how to allocate a disk letter in disc management step by step.

Step 1. Go to the start menu, on the windows button right-click and open Disk Management.

Go to Start Menu And Right Click Select Disk Management

Step 2. In disk management, select the drive you want to change the letter. Right-click on the drive and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths".

Select the Disk Management and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths Option

Step 3.  Now, from change drive letter and paths options. Click on "Change" to change the drive letter. Here we have selected the drive F to change.

Click on Change to Change the Drive Letter option

You can click on "Add" option if the disk letter is not assigned previously.

Step 4.   Select the new drive letter and click on "OK". The disk letter in the following example is changed to drive E.

Select the New Drive and Press Okay

In the above example, the drive letter is changed as per the desired drive letter by using disk management.

Why Change Drive Letter and Paths Grayed Out?

You may notice while attempting to change the drive letter, the change option is greyed out. Even the Drive seems to be in healthy condition, but it is  unable to change the drive letter. The following are some of the possible causes for the option greyed out:

  • The drive letter you want to change may be already in use. As a result, you are unable to change it.
  • A system partition or a boot partition cannot be changed.
  • The drive letter is being used on the connected drive.
  • The volume is not ready to receive a drive letter.
  • Another reason can be the unsupported operating system.

These are possible reasons for drive letter paths grayed out.

What to Do If You Can't Change Drive Letter?

Now that we have seen the possible default solution and the reason for the drive letter's inability to be changed, we can go on to the next step and suggest you to use a third-party utility. The utility is not only quick but also safer and easier to use. Try EaseUS Partition Master Enterprise . It is a disk management alternative. This tool will change the disk, create partitions, and assist you in allocating drive space. It allows the maximum amount of disk space utilization. According to the amount of space required, You can create partitions.  EaseUS Partition Master Enterprise has significant features that help the user to get the job done instantly.

The following are some of the key characteristics of EaseUS Partition Master Enterprise:

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If you are a beginner and want to try it, you can download the trial version to try it. You can download EaseUS Partition Master Enterprise from its official website. Follow the steps below to change your drive letter:

Step 1.  Run EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the target partition, and choose "Change Drive Letter".

Step 2.  In the new window, click the down arrow and choose a drive letter for the partition from the drop-down menu, then click "OK".

Step 3.  Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button in the top-left corner, check the changes, and click "Apply" to change the drive letter of the selected partition.

Conclusion 

To summarize, what has been stated so far, we have seen the causes for changing the disk letter space issue. We have also looked at the solutions. You have the option of using the default solution of disc management. Though Disk Management works perfectly fine at times, it does not allow you to change the disk letter. The option is sometimes greyed out. We recommend that you go with a safer, faster, and easier choice. The EaseUS Partition Master is a viable solution. It fixes all problems with disk letters, including the greyed-out option. This easy-to-use application can help you allocate disc space more efficiently. Try EaseUS Partition Master Enterprise and see for yourself.

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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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PowerShell is based on the .NET framework, which allows users to access the full range of .NET classes and libraries. This means that PowerShell scripts can be used to automate a wide range of tasks beyond just Windows administration, including interacting with databases, working with web services, and more. PowerShell is an incredibly versatile tool that can be used by system administrators, developers, and power users alike.

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Use PowerShell command to change drive letter

It is a good idea to use PowerShell change drive letter which is safe for your drive.  Next, I will show you how to use PowerShell change partition drive letter step by step.

Step 1.  Click Star Bar, find PowerShell. Then, right-click the icon and select the " Run as administrator " option.

Step 2. On the page that appears, type: Get-Partition , then press Enter. 

Step 3.   Then, you will see your computer disk. (Think clearly about the old drive letter and the new drive letter you want to change in this step)

Step 4. Enter a new line: Get-Partition -DriveLetter X | Set-Partition -NewDriveLetter Y  (Here is an example of replacing E with Z)

Tip:   X  represents the old drive letter, Y  represents the new drive letter.

After these steps, you have successfully changed the drive letter in PowerShell. But sometimes you will find that PowerShell is not installed on your computer, and it may be troublesome to download it again. So you can try some alternative methods.

Two alternatives to use PowerShell change drive letter

In this part, I will introduce you to the other two ways to change the drive letter. One is Windows built-in tool  Diskpart, and the other is to use excellent third-party software.

Using Diskpart to change drive letter also requires you to have certain computer skills, because enter command lines is inevitable.

Step 1 . Search for Diskpart from the star bar, right-click the icon, and then select the " Run as administrator " option.

Step 2 . Please enter the following commands, please hit enter after each input:

● list volume ● select volume 3(here take volume 3 as an example) ● assign letter=M ● exit

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Although Diskpart’s commands are simpler than PowerShell, do you think it’s still a bit complicated? Because Most users do not have professional computer knowledge. It is not a simple matter to enter a series of codes in PowerShell or Diskpart. 

Fortunately,  AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard  is such a great partition manager that can easily help you change drive letters easily and safely. The graphical user interface makes everything easy, and you can change the drive letter with a few clicks. In addition, It also helps you change labels, change partition type ID, and more. Please download the freeware to see how it works.

Step 1 . In the main interface, you can see all disks on your PC. Right-click the partition that you need to change drive letter, in the pop-up menu, select   Advanced  ->  Change Drive Letter .

Step 2. It will pop up a small window where you can choose a new drive letter in the list of the drop-down menu. Choose one and click  OK .

Step 3. When you are back to the main interface, click  Apply  >  Proceed   to execute the task.

After reading this article, I believe you have a clear understanding of how to use PowerShell change drive letter. In addition, Diskpart is worth to try. However, if you are looking for the easiest way, then AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is yours best choice.

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Change or Modify the Drive Letter and Paths in Windows

To change the drive letter or paths in Windows, just follow these simple steps:

  • Right click on Computer or This PC and select Manage to open and access Computer Management Console.
  • Disk Management Console display the details of all available volumes and disk drives in the computer configuration in the right pane.
  • Then click on Change button.
  • Click Yes to confirm.

Any letter between C and Z can be assigned to a hard disk drive, CD drive, DVD drive, portable external hard disk drive, or USB flash memory key drive, while floppy disk drives use up letters A and B. Beside, the drive letter for the system volume or boot partition cannot be modified or changed. And if you install some applications or programs in the drive that you have just changed the drive letter, they may not functioning properly after the change due to the possibilities that the programs will also refer to the specific drive letter or original path used when installation as environmental variables.

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How to move shared folder to another drive on Windows 11, 10

Yes, it's possible to move a shared folder to another driver on the same computer without permissions reconfigurations – here are two ways to complete the task.

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On Windows 11 (or Windows 10), if the computer is acting as a file-sharing server , the time might come when you may need to move a folder share to a new drive. For example, because the old storage is running out of space, you are upgrading the storage, or it makes logical sense to migrate the data to another drive.

Whatever the reason it might be, Windows 11 nor Windows 10 does not include a tool to make the process easy, but it’s not impossible. If you need to move a shared folder to another drive to preserve permissions and without reconfiguration in the clients, you can complete this task by copying the contents to the new drive and either modifying the Registry or changing drive letters, depending on the setup.

In this guide , you will learn the steps to move a folder share to a new drive in the same computer or server without network users noticing the change or reconfiguring the share on Windows 11 and 10 and Windows Server 2022, 2019, and older releases.

Move shared folder to new drive modifying Registry on Windows 11

  • Move shared folder to new drive changing drive letter on Windows 11

Before proceeding, make sure that no one is accessing the files in the shared folder. Also, you will be modifying the Registry. As a result, it’s recommended to make a backup of the system (on Windows 11, use these instructions ) before making changes if you need to roll back.

To move a shared folder to a new drive on Windows 11 (or 10), use these steps:

Open Start on Windows 11.

Search for Command Prompt , right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

Type the following command to copy the shared folder content to the new drive on the same computer and press Enter :

In the command, update the source and destination paths with the locations that apply to your setup. For example, this command copies the data from the “MyShare” folder in the “C” drive to the “MyShare” folder in the “D” drive on the same server.

Robocopy copy files new drive

Open Start .

Search for Registry and click the top result to open the app.

Browse the following path:

Right-click the “String” with the shared folder name to move to a new drive and select the Modify option. For example, MyShare .

Registry Share

In the “Path” field, change the drive letter with the letter to the new destination. For example, change C for D if the data has been moved to the “D” drive.

Change shared folder drive info

Click the OK button.

Restart the computer.

Once you complete the steps, network users should be able to access the files in the shared folder from the new location.

Here’s a breakdown of the Robocopy options:

  • /R:5 — Retries 5 times (you can specify a different number, the default is 1 million).
  • /W:2 — Waits 2 seconds before retrying (you can specify a different number, the default is 30 seconds).
  • /Copyall — Copies all file information (equivalent to /copy:DATSOU).
  • /E — Copies of Subdirectories, including empty ones.
  • /MIR — Mirrors a directory tree (equivalent to /e plus /purge ). Using this option with the /e option and a destination directory overwrites the destination directory security settings.

This is an example of the command you can use to move the data with their permissions to the drive. However, depending on your environment, you may need to use different options . For example, you can use the “/MT:n” switch to perform multi-threaded copies with n threads (default is 8).

Move shared folder to new drive changing drive letter on Windows 10

If the data resides on a drive other than the “C” drive, you do not need to modify the Registry. You can use Robocopy to copy the files to the new drive and then change the letter of the new driver to the previous letter, assuming that you don’t have an application or another share that will be affected by this change.

To move a folder share to a new drive by changing the drive letter instead of modifying the Registry, use these steps:

In the command, make sure to update the source and destination paths with the locations that apply to your setup. For example, this command copies the data from the “MyShare” folder in the “F” drive to the Disk Management folder in the “D” drive on the same server.

Search for Create and format hard disk partitions and click the top result to open Disk Management .

Right-click the source drive and select the “Change Drive Letter and Paths” option.

Change drive letter and paths

Click the Change button.

Change drive letter option

Check the “Assign the following drive letter” option.

Select another drive letter to free up the current letter.

Set different drive letter

Click the Yes button to confirm.

Right-click the destination drive and select the “Change Drive Letter and Paths” option.

Select the drive letter that was using the source drive.

Set new drive old letter

After you complete the steps, the shared folder will become available from the new location, but users won’t notice the difference since you also changed the drive letter.

Only after you have confirmed that everything is working correctly you can proceed to delete the old shared folder to free up space (as needed).

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Do shares survive changes in drive letter?

Using robocopy to mirror (with security) physical drive E: to iSCSI drive G: Once this is complete, I was planning to make sure there are no open file handles or sessions (it's a file share server) and then:

  • Delete drive letter E:
  • Rename drive letter G: to E:

At step #1, will the shares (upon which DFS is reliant) stay intact or will they get deleted/broken?

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Yes the shares are associated with the drive letter and/or mount point.

I have used a procedure similar to that in the past when moving to a different type of storage. I replicate the data, stop the server service, shuffle the drive letters or mount points around, and restart the Server service.

You mention DFS, are you doing an DFS replication. I am pretty sure that drive letter swap would completely screw up replication, but I don't have any good references to support that belief. If you are only using DFS for namespace purposes then it shouldn't matter.

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  • We are using DFS namespaces and DFS replication but the two aren't connected (e.g. replication not published/link to namespace). I was planning to stop the DFSR service as well - it uses drive letters so I guessed E:\Data would still work after jiggling letters around –  Rob Nicholson Sep 8, 2011 at 21:15
  • If you are using DFS-R I believe you would have to disable/remove the replica. Then re-add it when you are done with shuffling things around. When you copy the data, make sure you do it correctly, or you will have a massive resync. This blog describes the steps required to Replacing DFSR Member Hardware . I believe you would have to follow those steps here to make sure your replica is valid. –  Zoredache Sep 8, 2011 at 21:25

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How to change a drive letter on windows 10 or windows 11.

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

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What changing a drive letter does, how to change a drive letter, how to fix programs broken by changing a drive letter.

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."

Start menu search showing disk manager result is not called disk manager

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

Click

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.

Right click the drive in the list, or right click the drive on the menu at the bottom.

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

Click

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

Click

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

Select letter from drop down menu, then click

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.

Arrow pointing to change drive letter.

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.

Click

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."

Edit the shortcut. Then click

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."

Click

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."

Click

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.

Some of the GIMP search results found in the registry.

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."

Change the drive letter in Value Data.

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.

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Fix: The parameter is incorrect when changing drive letter in Windows 10

Recently when I attempted to change drive letter using Disk Management , it kept giving out the error message “ The parameter is incorrect ” even though the new drive letter is unused.

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It turns out that this problem happens with only drives which are holding page files. To fix the “ The parameter is incorrect ” issue in Windows 10, you need to temporarily disable paging files on the drive which you want to change the drive letter for.

How to Fix: The parameter is incorrect when changing drive letter

how to change drive letter server 2019

  • Click OK . Restart your computer and Windows will delete the paging file automatically. The next time you log back in to Windows 10, you should be able to change the drive letter successfully using Disk Management.

After changing drive letter, you can enable paging file again on your original drive if necessary. That’s it!

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"Incorrect Parameter" error message when trying to change drive letter of WD 2TB external hard drive

I have two external hard drives for different purposes and have tried unsuccessfully to change and lock the drive letter.  I have found and followed the directions concerning right clicking on the "My Computer" icon and then left clicking on the "Management" link.

The external hard drives are always recognized and assigned a drive letter of either F: or G:.  I would like to change and fix them to something much lower down so that syncing software and other issues will always know where to find the drive.

However, whenever I try to change the drive letter it always gives me an error message of "Incorrect Parameter".  I have followed the directions perfectly and I can't seem to find an answer to this problem.

Thanks for the help.

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Hi Jbuffet,

·          Which drive, the letter D or E assigned to?

If they are already been assigned to some other HDD or CD/DVD drive then it won't be possible. Then, you have to first change the drive letter of those drives to something else and then re-try.

You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.

If you want to change the letter Windows has assigned to a new drive or you want to organize your drive letters in a certain way, you can change the drive letter. You can assign the letters C through Z to each drive on your computer. A and B are usually reserved for floppy disk drives, but if your computer does not have floppy disk drives, you can assign A and B to volumes. You can see which drive letters are used on your computer by opening Computer.

You may also refer the article below for more information:

Change, add, or remove a drive letter

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Change-add-or-remove-a-drive-letter

I would suggest you to delete entries which are related to external drives such as F or G from the registry location:

a.        Click “Start”, type “regedit” in the Start search box and hit “Enter”.

b.       Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

Important: This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/

Hope this helps!

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    Aug 20th, 2020 at 8:48 AM You can use Disk Management for this (CTRL+X, select Disk Management). Right click the CD/DVD drive, select Change Drive Letter and Paths and make your changes. Alternatively, use Powershell. This sequence may be able to be shortened somewhat.

  3. Can I rearrange drive letters of my mapped network drives?

    Start → Run... (or just press Win + R) Type: "regedit". Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Network\. There you will see a list of letters representing your mapped network drives. Right-click the one you want to change and select "Rename". Type your desired new drive letter and close RegEdit. Reboot.

  4. Change a drive letter

    We suggest <a href=\"https://support.microsoft.com/contactus/\" rel=\"nofollow\">contacting Microsoft Support</a> or the manufacturer of your PC for more help.</p>\n</blockquote>\n</li>\n<li>\n<p dir=\"auto\">To change the drive letter, select Change.

  5. Can't Change Drive Letter in Windows Server

    Written by Daisy PAGE CONTENT: Can't Change Drive Letter in Windows Server Change Drive Letter in Disk Management Why Change Drive Letter and Paths Grayed Out? What to Do If You Can't Change Drive Letter? Can't Change Drive Letter in Windows Server Every disk on Windows servers is assigned a letter by default.

  6. How to Change a Drive Letter

    Jerrick Leger What to Know 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.

  7. Windows Server 2019 : File Server : Access to Share Folder

    Open Explorer and right-click [Network] on the left pane, then select [Map network drive]. Select drive letter on [Drive] field, and Input Share folder Path like [\\ (Server name)\ (Share Name)], then Click [Finish] button. User authentication form is shown and you need to authenticate with a user that is set to allow to access to Share on Server.

  8. [Tutorial] How to Use PowerShell Change Drive Letter

    Click Star Bar, find PowerShell. Then, right-click the icon and select the " Run as administrator " option. Step 2. On the page that appears, type: Get-Partition, then press Enter. Step 3. Then, you will see your computer disk. (Think clearly about the old drive letter and the new drive letter you want to change in this step) Step 4.

  9. Change or Modify the Drive Letter and Paths in Windows

    Right click on the volume or disk drive that you want to change the drive letter, and select Change Drive Letter and Paths. Then click on Change button. Use the drop down list to select the new and your desired drive letter to assign to the disk volume. Click OK. Click Yes to confirm.

  10. How to move shared folder to another drive on Windows 11, 10

    Right-click the source drive and select the "Change Drive Letter and Paths" option. Click the Change button. Check the "Assign the following drive letter" option. Select another drive letter to free up the current letter. Click the OK button. Click the Yes button to confirm.

  11. Do shares survive changes in drive letter?

    2 Yes the shares are associated with the drive letter and/or mount point. I have used a procedure similar to that in the past when moving to a different type of storage. I replicate the data, stop the server service, shuffle the drive letters or mount points around, and restart the Server service. You mention DFS, are you doing an DFS replication.

  12. How to Change a Drive Letter on Windows 10 or Windows 11

    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:\.

  13. My drives have swapped. Boot Drive C is now D, and vice versa

    The only way is to enter re mode and use the command to modify the drive letter. First enter re mode. Please use the power button to restart the computer three times. This starts the Windows Recovery Environment. Open the command prompt. Type diskpart in the command prompt enter diskpart.exe.

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    I found a hint in Technet, and went to the registry: D: was listed so I deleted it - turns out it was assigned to the CD drive, but why that did not show up in Disk management I have no idea. In any case, I was then able to change the drive letter, and my CD drive came back up as G. I also ran DriveCleanup.exe based on another note: that gets ...

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