How to Add, Change and Remove Drive Letter in Windows 7?

The drive that are installed properly in the PC running on Windows 7 are liable to change it’s drive letter. You can add, change and remove drive letters. You can only assign the letters D to Z to each drive on your computer. The letters A and B are usually reserved for floppy disk drives. If you do not have a floppy disk drive installed, then you can assign A and B to a drive, partition, or volume if you like. The letter C is reserved for the drive or partition that the operating system (Windows 7 or Vista) is installed on. Follow the tutorial to add, change or remove drive letters in windows 7.

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The drive sometimes change there letter without the concern of the user, which can cause several issues during windows boot. If you change or remove a drive letter of a drive, partition, or volume that a shortcut or installed program references as their target location, then that shortcut or program may not work afterwards since it can no longer find that drive letter. Follow the steps listed below to change or add or remove the Drive letter.

To Change, Add, or Remove Drive Letter through Disk Management

  1. Open the Start Menu, then right click on the Computer button (on right side) and then click on Manage that will open the computer management window or simply right click on My Computer icon on desktop. Or Open the Start Menu, then type compmgmt.msc OR diskmgmt.msc in the search box and press enter.
  2. When prompted by UAC (User Account Control), click on Yes.
  3. To the left pane of Computer Management, click on Disk Management under Storage.

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To Change a Drive Letter

A drive letter cannot be changed, if the drive is either a system partition or a boot partition, like the partition or drive that Windows 7 is installed on. If you get an error, the partition or drive you are trying to change might be in use. Close any program or window that is using the partition or drive and try again.

  • Follow the steps from 1 to 3 to open Disk Management, then Right click on a listed drive, partition, or volume letter that you want to change the drive letter of, and click on Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  • Click on the Change button at the bottom.

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  • Select or Assign the following drive letter, then select an available drive letter from the drop down box and click on OK.
  • Click on Yes to confirm changing the drive letter.

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If an Auto-play pop-up window appears afterwards, then you can just close this. It indicates that the drive, partition, or volume has been assigned the drive letter.

To Add a Drive Letter

Follow the steps to assign a drive letter to a drive, partition, or volume if a drive letter has been removed or does not already have one assigned to it.

  • Open the Disk Management by following the steps 1 to 3. Right click on a listed drive, partition, or volume that does not have a driver letter that you want to add one to, and click on Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  • Click on the Add button to assign drive letter.

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  • Select or Assign the following drive letter, then select an available drive letter from the drop down box and click on OK.

To Remove a Drive Letter

Removing a Drive letter implies that it will only remove the drive letter and not the drive, partition, or volume. This can be useful if you are getting a low disk space warning for this drive letter.

  • Open the Disk Management and Right click on a listed drive, partition, or volume letter that you want to remove the drive letter of, and click on Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  • Click on the Remove button.
  • Click on Yes to confirm removing the drive letter.

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Upon completion of the respective task, close the Computer Management or Disk Management window. Open the Computer window to confirm the changes.

The letter to drive, partition, or volume can be added, removed or changed by following the steps listed above. Add, Change and Remove Drive Letter in Windows 7 are useful for better management of disk space on the Computer.

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