Change drive letters in Windows 2000 Professional

If you're dealing with an application that's hard-coded to expect a particular drive letter but you're using a different one on your Windows 2000 Professional system, all is not lost. Here's how to change a volume's drive letter.

You can easily change drive letters of drives in Windows 2000 Professional through the Disk Management node of the Computer Management console. You might need to do this in situations where an application is hard coded to expect a particular drive letter but you're using a different one.

To change a drive letter for a volume:

  1. Right-click My Computer and choose Manage to open the Computer Management console.
  2. Click the Disk Management node. In the right pane, right-click the volume you want to modify and choose Change Drive Letter And Path. Windows 2000 Professional will display a dialog box with the ID currently assigned to the volume.
  3. To change a drive letter, click the letter and choose Edit, then select the drive letter you want to use. To add a drive letter to a volume currently mounted to an NTFS folder, click Add instead.

You can't change the drive letter assigned to the boot or system volumes with this method. You can change them through a registry hack, but changing them there can lead to additional problems that have to be fixed in the registry, such as the inability to log on.

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