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Change a removable drive letter

By ejk8626 ·
Simple question: I have a SimpleTech external HD connected via USB port.

My laptop assigns it a drive letter that I want to reserve for another use.

How can I change the assigned letter to one of my choosing?

Thanks.

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A couple of ways

by Jacky Howe In reply to Change a removable drive ...

Try rebooting the computer without any USB devices attached. Then plug in the USB drive, right click on My Computer, select manage, and then click ?Disk Management.? If the drive is not present in the Disk Management window or if you are not able to access it, then the drive may have failed. In this window you should see all of your connected physical drives, their format, if they are healthy, and the drive letter.
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Change the drive letter of the drive. Right-click on the drive in the list, and from the resulting menu select "Change Drive Letters and Paths"
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Click on Change so you can change the drive letter. Click Change. Select a new drive letter from the drop down list, preferably the one that is not normally used for this drive.
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Click Yes on the confirmation screen and you are done.
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Open explorer and create a new folder. Something like USB. Insert the USB Drive. Open Computer Management, Disk Management and right click on the removable disk. Select Change Drive Letter and Paths. Here you can select a Drive Letter of choice by clicking Change, Select Add. Navigate to the folder and Select it and press OK. From now on when you insert the USB Drive you will have a copy of the contents in the new folder.
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