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How to change drive letters in Windows


When the computer is running, the operating system assigns an English letter to identify the drives associated with it, including hard drives, cd drives, flash drives, etc. These characters may change for several reasons. For example, these letters may have changed when you reinstalled the Windows operating system. Also, if you insert a new hard drive, it may be a problem if it gets a letter after your DVD drive. In this guide, we are talking about how to change drive letters in Windows 10 operating system.

This is very easy to do. There are two ways to change the drive letter in the Windows operating system, and you do not need to get any other third party software.

Method 1: Using Disk Management

This is the easiest method. This can be a bit complicated for you when doing it for the first time. Read and follow the steps below.

  • Press the Windows key + X and select the Disk Management option from the list.


Or press the Windows key + R and type diskmgmt.msc and press the Enter key.


  • Now right click on the drive that you want to change the letter and select the Change Drive letters and Paths option.


  • Click the currently assigned drive letter in the new window, and then click the Change button.


  • Make sure to select the Assign the following drive letter option and then choose any available letter for your drive and click the OK button.


  • Click the Yes to confirm your changes.
  • Now you can go to My PC / My Computer and see the change.

Method 2: Using Command Prompt

This is a command-line method. Although a bit difficult, it can be useful at times.

  • Press the Windows key + R and type Diskpart and press the Enter key.


  • Type list volume and press the Enter key.


  • Clearly identify the number assigned to the drive where you want to change the letter. Here I have got the number 6 for the drive I want.
  • Type select volume 6 and press the Enter key. (Replace 6 with your drive number)
  • Type assign letter=H and press the Enter key. (Replace H with your new drive letter)
  • Now you can go to My PC / My Computer and see the change.

If your entered drive letter not available at that time, you will get an error message.

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