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How to Mount USB/External Hard Drive as A Local Drive/Folder in Windows 10?

Posted on Oct 17, 2017 by Tracy King to Partition Manager

Summary:
Don’t worry if Windows 10 can’t recognize and use your new USB/external hard drive as a local drive/folder with unmounted error. This page will offer you quick and effective methods to help you mount USB/external hard drive as a local drive, folder or permanent storage in Windows 10 for saving and backup important files and data here now.

USB/external hard drive not mounted and won't show up in Windows 10, help!

"Help! Does anyone know how to make not mounted USB or external hard drive to show up in Windows 10? I got this issue that I bought a new USB drive and an external hard drive recently, thinking to use it as a local drive in Windows 10 so to save and backup some important files on my PC. 

So I connected them to my PC, but it won't allow me to either access or open the USB and external hard drive. I got an error message, saying that the USB/external hard drive is not mounted. It means that I have to mount the drive firstly. But how? Please let me know if you have a way that can help me mount USB or external hard drive as a local drive/folder."

Mounting a hard drive, USB, SD card or even external hard drive as a local drive, folder or permanent storage in Windows 10/8/7 is no longer a new way for great users to extend their storage space in Windows PC or laptops. And if you are looking for a way to make your storage devices like USB or external hard drive mounted as a local drive or folder for saving files, just follow quick methods offered here now.

Method 1. Quickly mount USB/external hard drive in Windows 10

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It allows you simply and safely mount USB/external hard drive within 3 steps as following what you'll see:

Step 1. Connect unmounted USB/external hard drive to PC and run EaseUS free partition manager software;

Step 2. Find and right-click on not mounted USB/external hard drive and select Format partition;
Reset system file to NTFS/FAT32 and click OK; (You can also set file system to EXT etc as your need.)

Mount USB/external hard drive.

Step 3. Click Apply to keep all changes.

After this, you shall be able to use your USB, external hard drive so save files as a local drive or permanent storage by then.

Method 2. Manually mount USB/external hard drive as local drive/folder in Windows 10

Here you'll have two options for you to follow to mount USB or external hard drive that contains or has nothing inside:

Option 1. Mount USB/external hard drive as a local drive/folder (NTFS) in Windows 10

If you have a brand new USB or external hard drive that has nothing inside, you can directly follow this option to get USB/external hard drive mounted as a local drive in Windows 10 with below steps:

Step 1. Right-click Start button and select Disk Management;
Step 2. Find and right-click on new USB/external hard drive in Disk Management, select New Simple Volume;

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Step 3. Enter New Simple Volume Wizard, select Mount in the following empty NTFS folder;

Mount USB in Windows 10 as local folder.

Step 4. Click Browse to select a location where you want to save the mounted USB or external hard drive as an NTFS folder;
Step 5. Click New Folder and create a new folder for the USB/external hard drive, making it showing up as a local folder in Windows 10;
Step 5. Click OK > Next > Set the file system and check Perform a quick format and click Next;

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Step 6. Click Finish.

Mount USB and external hard drive as local drive or folder in Windows 10.

After this, you can save data and files to mounted USB/external hard drive in Windows 10 as a local folder then.

Option 2. Assign mount-point to mount USB/external hard drive which contains data as a local drive/folder

If your USB or external hard drive contains data, you can follow to remove the drive letter and assign a mount point to mount USB/external hard drive in Windows 10 without losing data:

Step 1. Right-click Start button and select Disk Management;
Step 2. Find and right-click USB/external hard drive and select Change Drive Letter and Paths;

Mount USB with data as a local drive.

Step 3. Click Add > Select Mount in the following empty NTFS folder > Browse;

Assign mount point to USB or external hard drive that contains data.

Step 4. Select the location where you want to save mounted USB/external hard drive as a local folder, click New Folder and assign it with a new folder name, click OK to confirm;
Step 5. Right-click the USB/external hard drive and select Change Drive Letter and Paths again;
Step 6. Select the old driver letter and click Remove > Click Yes to confirm the operation.

Remove old driver letter and mount USB/external hard drive as permanent storage in Windows 10.

After this, you can use your USB/external hard drive as a local folder or permanent storage in Windows 10 drive by then.