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How do I change the drive letter in windows vista

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    Amit Verma Oct 16, 2013





    • Open Computer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Computer.




    You can change, add, or remove a drive letter by using Computer Management.




    1. Open Computer Management by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Computer Management.

      If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.



    2. In the Navigation pane, click Disk Management.


    3. Right-click the partition or drive that you want to change, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.


    4. Do one of the following:


      • To assign a drive letter if one has not already been assigned, click Add, click the letter that you want to use, and then click OK.


      • To change a drive letter, click Change, click Assign the following drive letter, click the letter that you want to use, and then click OK.


      • To remove a drive letter, click Remove, and then click Yes to confirm that you want to remove it.


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If you go to control pannel, you should see an icon called administrative tools. From there select computer management and on the left hand side you will notice it says storage. Open it and click on disk management. There simply select the drive and its letter and right click to choose "change drive letter and paths"

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1. Right click on your "Computer" icon and select Manage.
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2. Next click on "Storage" and then "Disk Management"

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3. Next right click on the drive you want to change the drive letter on and click on "Change Drive Letter and Paths".

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4. Next click on the "Change" button

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5. Next click on the letter drop down on the right. Note you can change the drive letter to any letter that is not already used. However in most cases you will not beable to use letters A-D but E-Z should be open for you to select.

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6. After selecting the drive letter click OK.

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7. At this point the drive should be changed. Close out of Computer Management and reboot your computer to make sure your change takes full effect.

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1. Find the 'My Computer' icon (usually located in our Start Menu)
2. Right-Click on 'My Computer' and select 'Manage'
3. Click on 'Disk Management'
4. In the bottom-right list, Right-Click the drive you want to change and select 'Change Drive Letter and Paths..."
5. Click "Change..."
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If you use Windows Vista, figure 1 below shows you how.

Figure 1:
Changing Drive Letters in Windows Vista
(http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windowsvista/ht/chdrlettervista.htm)
Here's How:
  1. Click on Start and then Control Panel.
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  2. Click on the System and Maintenance link.
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  3. Click on the Administrative Tools link.
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  7. In the Change Drive Letter and Paths window, click on the Change... button.
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  9. The Confirm window that appears advises you that "Some programs that rely on drive letters might not run correctly. Do you want to continue?".
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