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How to change a drive letter

Sometimes it is necessary to change the drive letter of a hard drive or other drive connected to a computer.

To do this , Select start and go to “Control Panel”
No open “Administrative Tools “ and select “Computer Management”
Then select “Storage” and finally select “Disc Management”.

This should bring up the following screen :



The graphs each represent a drive or partition connected to your computer. In the graph , additional information is displayed about the drive including it’s Format , Size , Label and Drive Letter.

To change a drive’s letter , right click on the graph of the drive you wish to change and select “Change drive and letter paths”.



On the dialog , select “change” and this will now bring up the following screen :



From the drop down menu , select the drive letter you wish to assign to the drive and select OK. Only letters that are available are displayed , so if you need to assign a letter that is not visible in the list , you will need to re-assign the drive with that letter to a new letter first.

You may get a error dialog warning you that some programs depend on the drive letter. If no programs are installed on the drive , this should not be a problem. If you have trouble with programs that do not work after you have set the drive letter , simply change it back to the original letter or reinstall the affected program.

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