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Change the Drive Letter or path for Disks

When to Use

When you want to change the paths or letters of the drives, especially when you plan on or are already running a large number of disks. Or do not want to see all the drive letters for the pooled drives.

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.
    • Change the Drive Letter:
      1. To change the drive letter hit "Change..." and select a new drive letter and hit OK
      2. It will warn you that "Some programs that rely on drive letters might not run correction. Do you want to continue?" This is okay, so hit Yes
      3. Note: You may need to reboot before the drive letter is actually changed
    • Mount Drive to folder:
      1. Hit "Add...".
      2. 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.
      3. Either hit "Browse" and find the folder you want to mount the drive to, or type it into the text box.
      4. Hit OK
      5. Right Click on the same partition and select "Change Drive Letter and Path..."
      6. Select the Drive Letter, (D:\, E:\, etc) and hit "Remove".
      7. 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".