How to change drive letter of a hard disk, USB memory or CD/DVD ROM

Sometimes you will need to change drive letter of your hard disk, removable USB flash memory or CD/DVD ROM drive. For example you might want to have same drive letter for you removable USB memory stick on different computers. Here is how you do it.

Changing Drive Letter

1. Click “Start” and select “Control Panel” to open Control Panel

2. Click on “Administrative Tools”

3. Click on “Computer Management”

4. In “Computer Management” panel select “Disk Management”

5. Right click on Disk or Disk partition or Removable memory or CD/DVD drive depending on what you want to change and click on “Change Drive Letter and paths…” in popup menu.

Computer Management - Disk Management

6. Click on button “Change”

Changing Drive Letter

7. Choose new drive letter and click button “OK”

14 Responses to “How to change drive letter of a hard disk, USB memory or CD/DVD ROM”

  1. James Vandiver says:

    I recently had to reinstall Windows XP on my computer. When I\’ve done this in the past the hard disk has always automatically been assigned the lettter, \

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  4. Don Quijote says:

    Thank u very much. I installed Windows on a new partition. But the drivletters didnt show up to be as I wanted… c: d: f: was disks, but inbetween was my CD-ROM:(
    Anyway with your help i could solve the problem 🙂

  5. dutch says:

    you cannot change the driveletter when windows is installed on the drive. thats a big bummer tho. If somebody knows how to, plz let me know 🙂

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