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When you have a large number of disks or you want to hide the drives from the "Computer" section, and still retain access the the drive's contents.
 
When you have a large number of disks or you want to hide the drives from the "Computer" section, and still retain access the the drive's contents.
  
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While having the drives mounted to a letter or folder isn't necessary for DrivePool, it does make it significantly easier to maintain the drives yourself (such as running disk checks, or accessing the data on the drive directly).
  
 
==Steps==
 
==Steps==

Revision as of 09:25, 28 June 2013

Change the Drive Letter to folder path for Disks

When to Use

When you have a large number of disks or you want to hide the drives from the "Computer" section, and still retain access the the drive's contents.

While having the drives mounted to a letter or folder isn't necessary for DrivePool, it does make it significantly easier to maintain the drives yourself (such as running disk checks, or accessing the data on the drive directly).

Steps

  1. Follow: Q7200705
  2. Hold the "Windows" Key, and press "R"
  3. Type diskmgmt.msc and hit "OK"
  4. Right click on the Partition on the drive that you wish to change, and select "Change Drive Letter and Path..."
  5. You can change the Drive Letter, or mount the drive to a folder, choose which you wish to do.
  6. Hit "Add...".
  7. Choose the "Mount in the following empty NTFS folder:"
    • Note: If you already have a Drive Letter for the drive it will only let you choose this option.
  8. Either hit "Browse" and find the folder you want to mount the drive to, or type it into the text box.
  9. Hit OK
  10. Right Click on the same partition and select "Change Drive Letter and Path..."
  11. Select the Drive Letter, (D:\, E:\, etc) and hit "Remove".
  12. It will warning you that "Users will no longer be able to access files by using this path. Are you sure you want to remove this drive path?". This is okay, so hit Yes

Guidelines for Mounting drives to Paths

A couple of things to note here, is that you can only mount a drive to an empty folder, and that folder must be on an NTFS drive. For the post part, you won't have to worry about that.

Now, how you should mount the drives to paths is a bit more complicated. For simplicity, you should use a single folder to hold all the folders. Such as "C:\DP\". Then create folders inside of "C:\DP\" for each drive you want to mount. For example, if you have 3 internal drives and two external drives, and a USB drive, you could create "I01", "I02", and "I03" for the internal drives, "E01" and "E02" for the external drives and "U01" for the USB drive. This way, the drives are easily identifiable, both if you need to browse the drives, or in Scanner and DrivePool as it lists these "mount paths".