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How to Change the Drive Letter for a USB Drive

by Anton Behr
  • Overview

    Sometimes while using multiple hard drives, partitions and external disks on your computer or laptop, your operating system will occasionally reassign drive letters contrary to your liking. This can be troublesome when trying to coordinate media libraries and shortcuts. Luckily, there is a quick and easy fix for this if you are running Microsoft Windows.
 
  • Step 1

    Click "Start" and choose "Control Panel."
    How to Change the Drive Letter for a USB Drive
    How to Change the Drive Letter for a USB Drive
  • Step 2

    Double-click "Administrative Tools." Note, if you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, you will need to click "System and Security" in "Control Panel" to find "Administrative Tools." If you are using Windows XP, "Administrative Tools" will simply be in "Control Panel."
    How to Change the Drive Letter for a USB Drive
    How to Change the Drive Letter for a USB Drive
  • Step 3

    Double-click "Computer Management."
    How to Change the Drive Letter for a USB Drive
    How to Change the Drive Letter for a USB Drive
  • Step 4

    In the left panel, under "Storage," click "Disk Management." This will display the drives connected to your computer. Right-click your USB drive and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths."
    How to Change the Drive Letter for a USB Drive
    How to Change the Drive Letter for a USB Drive
  • Step 5

    In the next window, click "Change" This will open another dialog. Check "Assign the following letter" and choose a letter from the drop-down menu.
    How to Change the Drive Letter for a USB Drive
    How to Change the Drive Letter for a USB Drive
  • Step 6

    Click "OK." You will be asked if you are sure you want to change the drive letter. Click "Yes."
    How to Change the Drive Letter for a USB Drive
    How to Change the Drive Letter for a USB Drive
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  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or 7
  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or 7
  • If your drive does not appear in the list, make sure it is properly connected and turned on.
  • If your drive does not appear in the list, make sure it is properly connected and turned on.
  • Make sure that your computer is not running and programs or accessing any files on your hard drive before changing its drive letter.
  • Make sure that your computer is not running and programs or accessing any files on your hard drive before changing its drive letter.

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