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Assign or Change Drive Letter in Windows 10/8/7

Posted on Jan 15, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Master

Summary:
Step-by-step tutorials teach you how to assign or change the drive letter in Windows 10/8/7 is created here. Try it to assign a permanent drive letter or change the drive letter to your USB flash drive, external hard drive, CD, DVD, SD card or other removable storage devices.

Reasons for changing or assigning drive letter for USB, CD or other removable storage devices

Every time when you plug in your USB flash drive, external hard drive, CD, DVD, SD card, etc, Windows will assign drive letters to the device dynamically. But sometimes, these devices don’t show up in the list of drives. The biggest possible reason might be that the drive letter Windows is trying to assign to your device isn't available because it is already taken by another device. And sometimes, you may want to assign a permanent drive letter to the device and keep it unchangeable to keep certain paths functional. In all these situations, you are required to change or assign a drive letter for the device manually. To make the job easier, in this page, we created step-by-step tutorials to teach you how to assign or change the drive letter for an external USB device in Windows 10/8/7 in 2 different ways.

How to assign or change drive letter using Windows disk management tool 

1.Plug in the external hard drive, USB, CD or other devices.

2. Click Windows Key+R and type: compmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open disk management tool.

3. In the disk management tool, right-click the drive and then choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths" from the menu.

4. Select the drive letter you want to assign it, and click OK to save the changes.

Now, you have successfully assigned or changed the drive letter to your USB or other removable devices. And if you unable to change drive letter with disk management tool due to some errors, please continue to manage it with EaseUS free partition software, a popular disk management tool that has helped numerous users deal with various complex disk-related jobs in Windows 10/8/7 or other previous versions.

Assign or change drive letter in Windows 10/8/7 with EaseUS free partition software

1. Plug in the external hard drive, USB, CD or other devices.

2. Select the disk, click Partitions -> Change drive letter.

3. Specify the drive letter you want to assign to the partition, in the new drive letter-drop down list.

4. Click OK to save all the changes.