How to Change Drive Letters

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How to Change Drive Letters

Knowing how to change your drive letters on your hard drives, cd drives, flash drives and external hard drives is important. You may run in to a situation where you install a program on the F: drive (which is a removeable device). you safely turn off your computer and unplug all the external devices and store them away. when next you use your computer you plug all external devices up and and find that the F: drive no longer refer to the external hard drive. Instead it refers to the cd drive. In this case you would have to switch the drive letters if any of the programs are looking for files to being in specific path referenced by the drive letter. The following steps will show you how to change drive letters.

1. Before starting, you must have system adminstrative priveleges in order to perform this task. If you don’t have system adminastrative now you should login with it.

2. Click on the Start button, usually in the lower left-hand corner.

3. Select the control panel.

4. Once the Control Panel comes up up, select Administrative Tools.

5. When the Administrative Tools Box appear, select Computer Management.

6. After the Computer Management options have been loaded, select Disk Management. A separate dialogue will appear.

7. On the right hand side all the drive connected to the computer will appear.

8. Right click on the drive you wish to Change the drive letter and select to change drive letter and path.

9. When the dialogue box appear, select drive letter and then select the desired drive letter you want to use for this device.

If the drive letter you need to use is occuppied by another drive, you need to perform a drive letter swap.

10. Close down each box and return to your normal operating state.

Change the drive letter and select to change drive letter and path

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