Using multiple drives on your PC? You might want to change the drive letter on Windows to make it easier to manage. This guide will show you how.
Windows will assign drive letters dynamically to removable storage devices as you plug them in. In most cases, it automatically progresses through the alphabet (sans A and B) with your main drive using the drive letter C. However, you might want to change a drive’s letter for easier management.
Whether it’s an external or internal storage drive, you can change a drive letter on Windows 11 or Windows 10 using the steps below.
Change a Drive Letter on Windows 11 via Settings
Before you change a drive letter on Windows, there are a couple of things to note about this process. First, you shouldn’t try to change your local C: drive letter, as it’s where Windows and most of your apps run from. Changing the main drive letter will result in Windows not booting, and apps won’t run at all.
With that in mind, changing a drive letter on Windows 11 is a straightforward process if you’re using the Settings up. To get started:
- Click the Start button and choose the Settings icon.
- When Settings opens, navigate to System > Storage.
- Scroll down the Storage section, expand the Advanced storage settings option, and click on Disks & volumes.
- In the Disks & volumes section, scroll down and click the drive you want to change.
- Next, click the Properties button.
- Under the Volume Data section, click the Change drive letter button.
- When the Change Drive Letter window appears, click the dropdown menu.
- Choose the letter you want to use from the menu and click OK. In this example, we’re changing an external USB drive from F to D.
That’s it. The new drive letter will take effect and will display with the letter you selected for it. The change happens right away and you’ll see it reflected in File Explorer and throughout the Windows 11 experience.
How to Change a Drive Letter on Windows 10 and 11 Using Disk Management
You can also use the Disk Management tool to change your drive letter. This method works with both Windows 10 and Windows 11 PCs.
To change a drive letter on Windows 11 or Windows 10 using Disk Management:
- Click the Start button or press the Windows key and type disk management.
- Select Create and format hard disk partitions from the results at the top.
- Alternately, you can right-click on Start or hit Windows key + X and choose Disk Management from the menu.
- When the Disk Management window opens, right-click on the drive you want to change and select Change Drive Letter and Paths from the menu. For example, we are changing a removable USB drive from D to F.
- Click the Change button on the window that comes up.
- Next, make sure Assign the following drive letter is selected and choose the letter you want from the dropdown menu.
- Once you’ve chosen the drive letter, click OK.
- Finally, click Yes on the warning message that appears.
At this point, your drive’s letter on Windows will change, and it should open in File Explorer to view its content. You may need to restart your PC for the change to take effect, however.
The new drive letter will show up in Disk Management and anywhere else that shows the drive letter, like in This PC, for example.
If you change the removable drive letter, it should stay the same on the computer you change it on. For example, if you take it to a different computer, Windows will assign it a different letter than the one you gave it. After renaming a drive, a new letter will most likely be assigned if you plug in other external drives in a different order.
Managing Disk Space on Windows
Windows 11 and 10 have some useful tools for managing drive space. For instance, you can limit disk space used by the Recycle Bin or free up space with Cleanup Recommendations on Windows 11. You might also want to configure Storage Sense on Windows 11.