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Change Drive letters in Windows XP and 2000

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#1 Grinler


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Posted 18 October 2004 - 02:32 PM

When you install a new hard drive, cdrom, or other storage device to Windows XP or 2000, Windows will automatically assign the next available drive letter to that device.

What if you wanted your cdrom or hard drive to be a different letter? You can do this by following these steps:
  • Right click on My Computer and then click on the Manage option.

  • Under Computer Management in the Storage subsection you will see Disk Management. Click on Disk Management and you will see a list of your installed storage devices in the right section of the window.

  • Right click on the drive that you would like to change the drive letter for and select Change Drive Letter and Paths....

  • When the next screen comes up, click once on the drive letter that is shown and then click on the Change button

  • Select a new drive letter from the drop down box and press OK.

  • Windows will ask for a confirmation as to whether or not you would like to continue. Press the Yes button to continue changing the button.
Your drive should now appear as the new drive letter on your machine.

Warning: Be aware that if you change the letter of a drive the programs that were installed on that drive may not work properly afterwards.

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