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Windows has assigned letters to drives, and removable media, since its first release. Did you know you can assign permanent letters to removable media in Windows 10?

It’s not as difficult as it sounds, it just takes some advanced areas of Windows to make it happen. Assigning a letter to removable media makes it easier to automatically backup files, folders, and more in Windows.

Let’s look at how to assign a permanent drive letter to removable media in Windows 10 and why you should consider doing it.

Assigning a Permanent Letter to Removable Media in Windows 10

These steps work in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 with little difference in what needs to be done.

 

Note: If you already have things saved or backed up to removable media, make sure that you update the paths in whatever program or system you have in place to make sure it continues to work properly.

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Open the Run command in Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, then input the following command:

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Alternatively, you can search for the command in Windows 10 through Cortana.

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This will open Computer Management.

Now, click on “Disk Management” under the Storage options.

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This’ll take a few moments to open. Once in Disk Management, you’ll find your flash drive plugged in and assigned whatever letter Windows decided to assign it as soon as you plugged it in to begin with.

Right-click on the drive.

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Then, click “Change Drive Letter and Paths….”

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Click on “Change….”

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Assign whatever letter you see fit that’s not already in use, then click “OK.”

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You’ll be asked to confirm doing so, ensuring you understand that any programs or services that rely on a previous letter drive designation might not work anymore.

Click “Yes” to confirm.

Disk Management will refresh itself as it reassigns the new letter to the drive. This time permanently.

The next time you plug-in the flash drive or removable media, you’ll find it assigned the letter you changed it to.

You can switch the letter again with the same steps as many times as you see fit. As long as you don’t assign it a drive in use, then you’ll be good to go.

Conclusion

Assigning permanent drive letters to your removable media is a better way to manage flash drives, hard drives, and more. By assigning a drive letter, you can then assign it to programs and backup services without every worrying something will go wrong with a random drive letter.

This ensures you can use your removable media to its fullest potential, especially when it comes to backing up your files, folder, and media. Consider changing your removable media and flash drive letters today to ensure smooth sailing in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10.

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