How to Change Drive Letter on Windows 11, 10, 8, or 7?

When you connect an external drive or USB drive to your Windows 11/10 PC, Windows automatically assigns a Drive Letter for every hard disk partition, such as C, D, E, etc. Due to some reason, if you want to change the drive letter, you can do it by this growupwindows article.

Many freeware available over the internet, including Sordum Drive Letter Changer, allows you to change the Drive Letter easily. However, in this post, we will use the built-in methods to change the Drive Letter that works with Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8,  7, Vista, and XP (both x86 and x64).

How to Change Drive Letter on Windows 10/11?

Microsoft provides at least two methods to change a drive letter in Windows 11 or 10. You can change or assign a Drive Letter using one of the following methods:-
  1. Command Prompt
  2. Disk Management
The below-mentioned guidelines apply to Change a Drive Letter on internal as well external hard drives.

How to Change or Assign a Drive Letter using Command Prompt?

Every Windows operating system includes a built-in Command Prompt utility. So, you can use this method for all Windows versions, including Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, and Windows 11.

To change a drive letter using CMD or Command Prompt window, do the following:-

Step 1. First, open the Command Prompt as an administrator.

To do that, open the Start menu by clicking the Windows logo on the Taskbar. Then, type cmd. After that, right-click the Command Prompt and select Run as administrator option.

Step 2. When elevated Command Prompt appears on your computer, type diskpart and press Enter key on the keyboard.

Step 3. On the DISKPART prompt, type the following command to see all hard drives, including their volume numbers and letters:-

list volume

Step 4. To select any volume, type the following command and hit Enter key on the keyboard:-

select volume 2

To guide you with an example, we will select Volume 2. If you want to change the volume letter of another partition, then adjust No 2 accordingly.

Step 5. To change or assign a drive letter, type the following and hit Enter key on the keyboard:-

assign letter=M

Here, we are assigning the letter M to our Volume 2. You need to change the Drive Letter accordingly as per your needs.

How to Change or Assign a Drive Letter through Disk Management?

To assign or change a Drive Letter on your Windows computer or laptop, do the following:-

Step 1. First, click the Start button and then type diskmgmt.

Step 2. Click the “Create and format hard disk partitions” option in the available search results to launch the disk management tool.

When the Disk Management window opens up on your computer, you will see a list of volumes or drives, volume type, capacity, free space, etc.

Step 3. Right-click on a volume and select the “Change Drive Letters and Paths” option to change the Drive Letter.

Step 4. Click the Change button and assign a free Letter. To hide a drive, simply click the Remove button. If a Drive Letter is not assigned to a drive or volume, it will not appear in File Explorer. That means only those drives will appear in File Explorer that has a valid Drive Letter assigned.

Step 5. In the following window, you can assign a new drive letter for your existing partition.

After executing the above steps, you will be able to change or assign a drive letter for the existing partition in Windows 11/10/8/7.

That’s all!!!

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