How to change drive letter in Windows 10

Changing drive letters in Windows certainly has its benefits. You can hide a specific drive from all applications on your computer, thus preventing those applications from writing to a specific partition.

If you want to change drive letters in Windows 10, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will detail how to change or remove various drive letters.

How to change drive letter in Windows 10

There are several ways to change the drive letter in Windows 10. Below we will show you how to do it using Disk Management. This is the easiest way to apply changes to drive letters in Windows 10.

  1. Right-click the Windows Start button.
  2. Select “Disk Management” from the drop-down menu.

  3. Right click on the drive you want to change the drive letter for.
  4. Select “Change drive letter and paths” from the drop-down menu.

  5. Click Edit. Windows will now ask you to assign a new name to your drive. You can choose from the remaining AZ letters in the menu.

  6. Click OK.

  7. Windows will not tell you that applications stored on this partition may not work correctly. Click Yes.

You have successfully changed the 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 under Desktop Management. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Right-click the Windows Start button.
  2. Select “Disk Management” from the drop-down menu.

  3. Right click on the drive you want to change the drive letter for.
  4. Select “Change drive letter and paths” from the drop-down menu.

  5. Click “Delete” in the dialog box. Windows will now warn you that folders that depend on this partition may not work correctly.

  6. Click “OK” to confirm the operation.

You have now successfully removed the drive letter in Windows 10. Once the drive letter is removed, you will no longer be able to see it in File Explorer. You must also be logged in as an administrator to delete an email.

How to change network drive letter in Windows 10

Changing a network drive letter in Windows is a fairly simple process. Just follow these steps and you’ll be fine:

  1. Navigate to the “This PC” section of File Explorer.

  2. At the top of the ribbon menu, click Map Network Drive. A drop-down menu will appear.

  3. Select the “Map Network Drive” option.

  4. A new window will open asking you to select a drive letter for your network folder. Go ahead and choose a new letter.

  5. Enter the full address of your network folder in the Folder field. You can also view it.

  6. Click Done.

Additional steps if you receive an error message:

  1. Go to Control Panel.

  2. Click “Network and Sharing Center”.

  3. Select the “Change advanced sharing settings” option.

  4. Click “Turn on network discovery”.

  5. Save your changes.

You will now see your network folder on the This PC screen.

How to change USB drive letter in Windows 10

You may want to change the USB drive letter in Windows 10 if File Explorer doesn’t recognize the external hard drive. For this or any other reason, just follow these simple steps to change the USB drive letter:

  1. Right-click the Windows Start button.
  2. Select “Disk Management” from the drop-down menu.

  3. Right-click on the USB drive you want to change the drive letter for.
  4. Select “Change drive letter and paths” from the drop-down menu.

  5. Click “Edit” in the pop-up window. Windows will now ask you to assign a new name to your drive. You can choose from the remaining AZ letters in the menu. If you don’t see your USB drive’s name listed, you can add it by clicking Add.

  6. Select a new letter from the list and click OK to save.

You have now changed the drive letter of the USB drive.

How to Change Drive Letter in Windows 10 Using Command Prompt

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

  1. Make sure you are using your computer in administrator mode.
  2. Open a command prompt. You can do this by typing “Command Prompt” into the search box and opening the app.

  3. Once you’re logged in, type “diskpart” and press Enter.

  4. Type “list volumes” to get a list of all volumes available on your PC.

  5. Look at the ### output. Check the volume number of the drive you want to change the letter of.

  6. To select a drive, enter the following command: select volume NUMBER . Then replace NUMBER with the number of the volume your drive is under.

  7. To change the drive letter, run the following command: assign letter=X . Then replace X with the letter you want to assign to your drive.

You have now changed the drive letter in Windows 10.

How to change DVD drive letter in Windows 10

You can easily change the drive letter of a DVD drive in Windows 10 using Disk Management. Just follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Windows Start button.
  2. Select “Disk Management” from the drop-down menu.

  3. Right-click the DVD drive for which you want to change the drive letter.
  4. Select “Change drive letter and paths” from the drop-down menu.

  5. Click Edit. Windows will now ask you to assign a new name to your DVD drive. You can choose from the remaining AZ letters in the menu.

  6. Click OK.

  7. Windows will not tell you that applications stored on this partition may not work correctly. Click Yes.

Now you have successfully changed the DVD drive letter in Windows 10.

How to change the recovery drive letter in Windows 10

Changing the recovery disk will only take a few seconds. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Right-click the Windows Start button.
  2. Select “Disk Management” from the drop-down menu.

  3. Right-click the recovery drive to change its drive letter.
  4. Select “Change drive letter and paths” from the drop-down menu.

  5. Click Edit. Windows will now ask you to assign a new name to your recovery drive. You can choose from the remaining AZ letters in the menu.

  6. Click OK.

  7. Windows will not tell you that applications stored on this partition may not work correctly. Click Yes.

How to change the boot drive letter in Windows 10

Unfortunately, it is not possible to change the boot drive letter in Windows via Desk Management.

We recommend changing the boot disk only if absolutely necessary. Otherwise, you should not make any changes to the boot disk. If you take the wrong step, you will not be able to start your system properly. For this reason, carefully follow the instructions we have provided. You should also back up your system before proceeding.

Below we will explain how to swap the drive letters C and D. To assign a different letter to your C drive, you must rename the \DosDevice\letter: value to another letter that is not already in use.

  1. Make a full system backup.
  2. Make sure you are logged in as an administrator.
  3. Run “Regedt32.exe” and look for this registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

  4. Click “MountedDevices”.

  5. Go to the “Security” menu and click on “Permissions”.

  6. Make sure you have full control as an administrator.

  7. Close “Regedt32.exe”. Then run Regedit.exe.
  8. Locate this registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices.

  9. Find a new letter for your drive. Find \DosDevice\C: and right click on it.

  10. Click Rename. Remember that you need to use Regedit, not Regedt32.
  11. Rename the file to the new drive letter \DosDevices\Z:. This will clear your C partition.
  12. Find the drive whose letter you want to change. Find \DosDevice\D:. Right-click it and select Rename.
  13. Change the name to the new drive letter \DosDevice\C:.
  14. Choose an appropriate value for \DosDevices\Z: and click Rename.
  15. Change the name to \DosDevices\D:.
  16. Close Regedit and start Regedt32.
  17. Change the administrator permission settings to “Read Only”.
  18. Restart your computer.

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

Additional FAQs

Is it safe to change drive letters?

Changing the drive letter is not in itself a problem. But if your computer needs to run a file written on this very disk, you may have problems. Windows warns you before changing a drive letter for no reason.

As a rule, it is not recommended to change drive letters unless it helps to solve a specific problem. For example, if Windows Explorer does not recognize an external device with a particular driver, you can change its name.

There are several disks whose letters can be changed without consequences. For example, a section with files that you rarely use. In addition, you can change the letter of the external drive without any problems.

Change drive letter in Windows 10

In this article, we have provided you with some useful tips on how to change drive letters in Windows 10. Remember, do this only if absolutely necessary, as it may cause some applications on your computer to not work properly.

Have you ever had to change drive letters for a specific reason? Are you facing any issues? Share your experience in the comments section below.

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