How to Change Drive Letters in Windows

Did you know that you are not bound to the default characters for the system and removable drives? You can give them any letter you want.

We are all familiar with the typical drive letters in Windows:

  • C: is your hard drive.
  • D: is your CD drive.
  • E: and above are used for removable media.
  • A: and B: used for floppy disks (most are now defunct).

However, did you know you are not bound by those letters? It’s easy to swap them out and you can give them any letter you want. (Although changing the C: drive might not be that complicated).

Perhaps you want to arrange your flash drives at the bottom of the alphabet, or you want to give a network drive a specific letter that will be free on all your Windows machines with Wi-Fi. Whatever the reason, here’s how to change the drive letter in both Windows 10 and Windows 11.

To change the drive letter of the drive do not do contains your Windows installation you need to use Disk Management tool.

To get started, right-click Start Menuand choose Disk Management. On the main page of the application, you will see a complete list of all the drives connected to your system.

Find the name of the disk you want to edit, right click on it and select Change drive letter and path.

In the new window highlight the existing drive letter and click Change. Next, make sure you have selected Assign the following drive letter (more than Mount in the following empty NTFS folder), and select a new letter from the drop-down menu.


You cannot swap characters between two drives. For example, if you want to swap E: and F:, you’ll need to change one of them first to a temporary placeholder.

You have difficulty with Windows Drive

Friend cannot change the drive letter on which Windows is installed without performing a complete reinstallation of the Windows operating system. Unless you have an urgent need to change the Windows drive, it’s definitely not worth it.

Is the process different on Windows 10 and Windows 11?

No, the procedure for changing the letter on your disk is identical in both versions of the operating system. Furthermore, if you make changes to the characters in Windows 10, and then upgrade to Windows 11, the changes will be carried over to the updated version.

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