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Sunday, July 17, 2011

How To Change Drive Letters in Windows 7

After installing a new hard drive, or maybe just to keep your PC organized
the way you like, you may want to change the drive letter of a hard drive
partition or a CD/DVD/BD drive in Windows 7. The Windows 7 Disk
Management tool makes this a snap.

Note: You cannot change the drive letter of the partition that Windows 7 is
installed on. In a normal Windows 7 system, this is the "C" drive.
Open Windows 7 Disk Management from Computer Management utility ->
On the right-hand side of the screen, locate and right-click on the drive that
you wish to change the drive letter of and choose Change Drive Letter and
Paths.... -> In the Change Drive Letter and Paths window, click on the
Change... Button -> The Change Drive Letter or Path dialog box will appear ->
Choose the drive letter you wish to assign to this drive by clicking the letter
from the drop-down box on the right -> Click OK -> The Disk Management
window that appears advises you that "Some programs that rely on drive
letters might not run correctly. Do you want to continue?" -> If you're sure
you want to make this change, click Yes -> You can now close any open
Computer Management, Administrative Tools, or Control Panel windows

Note: If you have software installed to this drive, the software may stop
functioning after a drive letter change. Nearly all software defaults to the
primary drive though, so this is rarely a concern.

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