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Changing Drive Letters

Friday, September 29th, 2006 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help
 
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Changing Drive Letters

This article will describe the Disk Management snap-in that Microsoft Windows XP offers. Ready to begin?! Good, let’s go!

The Disk Management snap-in is an administrative tool for managing hard disks and the volumes or partitions that they contain. Use the Disk Management feature when you want to add, change or remove drive letters on drives, partitions or volumes on your computer’s hard disks, CD ROM drives and other removable media devices. Amazing, isn’t it?! Not just that, but now your computer can use up to 26 drive letters, from A to Z. Use drive letters C through Z for hard disk drives, while drive letters A and B are reserved for floppy disk drives. However, if your computer does not have a floppy disk drive, you can assign these letters to removable drives.

Isn’t it exciting to know that you can have a computer with all your favorite letters? Doesn’t it make you think of your Kindergarten days?! : ) Okay, let’s continue.

Here’s how your different drives look:

How to Assign a Drive Letter

To assign a drive letter to a drive, a partition or a volume, follow these steps:

1. Log on to your computer as the Administrator or as a member of the Administrator’s group.
2. Click Start, click Control Panel and then click Performance and Maintenance.

Note: Make sure you are in the category view of the Control Panel. Otherwise, you won’t see the Performance and Maintenance choice.

3. Click Administrative Tools, double click Computer Management and then click Disk Management in the left pane.
4. Right click the drive, the partition, the logical drive or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
5. Click Add.
6. Click “Assign the following drive letter” if it is not already selected and then either accept the default drive letter or click the drive letter that you want to use.
7. Click OK.

The drive letter is assigned to the drive, to the partition or to the volume that you specified. Now, that drive letter will appear in the appropriate place within the Disk Management tool.

How to Change a Drive Letter:

To change an existing drive letter on a drive, a partition or a volume, follow these steps:

1. Log on as the Administrator of your computer or as a member of the Administrator’s group.
2. Click Start, click Control Panel and then click Performance and Maintenance.
3. Click Administrative Tools, double click Computer Management and then click Disk Management in the left pane.
4. Right click the drive, the partition, the logical drive or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
5. Click Change.
6. Click “Assign the following drive letter” if it is not already selected, click the drive letter that you want to use and then click OK.
7. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the drive letter change.

The drive letter of the drive, the partition or the volume that you specified is changed and the new drive letter will appear in the appropriate place within the Disk Management tool.

The following picture perhaps, will help make the process more clear and easier for you:

How to Remove a Drive Letter

To remove an existing drive letter on a drive, on a partition or on a volume, follow these steps:

1. Log on as the Administrator of your computer or as a member of the Administrator’s group.
2. Click Start, click Control Panel and then click Performance and Maintenance.
3. Click Administrative Tools, double click Computer Management and then click Disk Management in the left pane.
4. Right click the drive, the partition, the logical drive or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
5. Click Remove.
6. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the removal.

The drive letter is removed from the drive, from the partition or from the volume that you specified.

Pretty neat, huh?!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami

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