How To Change, Assign And Remove Drive Letters
Discussion by soleimanian with 15 Replies.
Last Update: January 31, 2011, 3:26 am
Note: you can’t change the drive letter of your OS
Run Disk Management, for this:
Click Control Panel > Click Performance and Maintenance > click Administrative Tools > Computer Management > and in left panel click Disk Management
Or right click on My Computer and select Manage and then select Disk Management.
In right panel right click your drive and select “Change Drive Letter and Path”.
To change: in dialog box click change and finally change the letters assigned to your drive.
To add: click add and browse for drive path
To remove: click remove, windows will display a warning message, click ok to continue.
Following similar steps is also pretty useful for doing things like adding drives letters onto your My Computer from your network
I want to remove a drive, so I selected the drive I want to remove and then right clicked and selected "Change Drive Letter and Path" then I clicked remove, and it came up with this error:"Windows cannont remove the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume."-reply by Levi Cole
I was unable to open my external hard drive to view my files and I was very frustrated, as soon as I found your instructions on how to assign a new path or letter to my external hard drive my problem was gone...Thanks so much...
-feedback by J Bachez
My system ONLY shows drive F: in the management panel. My machine has two hard drives with the primary Master as C: the primary slave partitioned as D: an E: the DVD drive as F: then the USB drive as H: It is the USB drive I need to re-letter as G: which is how the network recognizes it. My main question is why are none of my hard drives or USB drives shown on the management list?-question by Trevor
Thank you for the post. Works for Windows 7 too!
-reply by Karthik
This answer works, but only when directly connected to sata.
I have a USB-sata thingy (em-1015) and this seems to be the first thing that does NOT work well under Win7.
The thing is I have a popcorn hour A-110 and this uses the linux format, the 1.5TB drive is dying on me (2nd one in 7months) so I wish to retrieve all the data thats on it. Win7+ext2 or 3 don't work as well as with the winXP did. The newly formated 1,5T under winXP did need this answer to get seen by win7
I tried this answer with aid of my USB thingy but that makes my Win7 crash, it sees the usb em1015 and even the drive thats connected to that but when I try to activate it... It crashes. When the drive is directly on sata is does work.
had to open the defective drive with a bootCD of Kubunto to access the data and copy it to the new drive... Then placed it back in winXP and it worked fine... Then back to Win7 and it was gone again.
This answer here solved it again. (big sigh)-reply by Arnold
(I'm using Windows 7)
I have an external hard drive with 4 partitions. When I plug it in the USB port, on my <Computer> only detects the first partition.
I looked up some forums and suggested the steps in Computer Management, but when I try to assign letter and path, the below error pops up:
" The operation failed to complete because the Disk Management console view is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using the refresh task. If the problem persists close the Disk Management console, then restart Disk Management or restart the computer "
of course, <Refresh> or <Restart> doesn't work
It's so frustrating! Please help, very much appreciated, thank you!-reply by Rizwan K
Replying to (G)Levi ColeI have a Drive E that has shown up in My Computer. I do not know how it got there and I do not have a Drive E. I did notice one thing that when I tried to download Accuweather Desktop I got a message that said Drive E is not accessible. I want to remove this drive but do not know how to do it. I have tried everthing going thru Disk Mgmt. Etc. The icon in My computer shows a red question mark in front of the drive E icon. Hope someone can help me get rid of this mysterious drive.
-question by nfrye
If the hard drive has bad sectors, sometimes running the check disk tool will correct this. To find this tool in Windows XP, goTo My Computer, right click on Drive C, choose Properties, click the tab called Tools, and then click "check now." In the window that pops up,Make sure that both boxes are checked and then click okay. A disk checkWill be scheduled for the next time that the computer is turned on.If it is suspected that the Windows operating system has become faulty,Try using the utility called "Repair" on the Windows installation cd.Running this will repair Windows without deleting what is on the hardDrive. Sometimes fixing a computer can be as simple as runningThe System Restore. This feature allows you to return the computer to aPrevious point in time. This tool can be found by clicking Start, andGoing to All Programs, Accessories, and System Tools.-reply by besthdd
After major stuff (reinstalled XP with the stupid recovery of HP etc. In the process it had to take away my D: that was my data partition, because the recovery partition has to be D by default. That left my Data partition without a drive letter.
Every site tells the same story, but when I right click my change letter and path or whatever is greyed out. Only delete and help are alive.
-reply by George
Thank you! I don't know why my external drive changed to K from J, but your directions saved the day!!-reply by David
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