Windows 10: Making drive letter changes stick


  1. Posts : 5
    W8.1, W10, Antergos, LMDE
       15 Apr 2016 #1

    Making drive letter changes stick


    I have the following partitions:

    System partition on C
    User data partition on D
    DVD-RW on E
    External hard drive on F

    I'd like for the external hard drive to forever stick to F, but it isn't happening. If I disconnect the external HD, then connect my card reader, I'll get four drive letters (one for each card slot) in F, G, H, I. Connecting the external drive after that will give it the letter J, which it'll keep after the card reader is disconnected even through restarts, unless I manually do the rigmarole to reassign it to F.

    I'd like F to be reserved to the partition on the external drive, so if I disconnect it and connect something else, that something else will get letters from G onwards even if F is currently not being used. How do I do that?
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  2. Posts : 3,365
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1803 Build 17134.48 and W10 Insider Build 17672
       15 Apr 2016 #2

    Next time your external drive is connected and assigned to G instead of F right click on the windows start button and select Disk Management.

    Select the drive and right click on it to select "Change Drive letter and paths".
    In the dialog box that opens select "Change" and you can then assign the drive letter you want and click OK. This setting should then be remembered for future connections.
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  3.    15 Apr 2016 #3

    There is afaik no real way to do what you want, because this is how windows works it automaticaly assigns drive letters.

    But what sometimes works is give/assign your external hard drive a "high" letter like U, V, W.
    Probably windows will keep F,G,H,I for the Card reader when you connect it.
    And if you Lucky windows will keep/reassign the external hard drive to your chosen high letter.
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  4. Posts : 12,488
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       15 Apr 2016 #4

    IronMew said: View Post
    I have the following partitions:

    System partition on C
    User data partition on D
    DVD-RW on E
    External hard drive on F

    I'd like for the external hard drive to forever stick to F, but it isn't happening. If I disconnect the external HD, then connect my card reader, I'll get four drive letters (one for each card slot) in F, G, H, I. Connecting the external drive after that will give it the letter J, which it'll keep after the card reader is disconnected even through restarts, unless I manually do the rigmarole to reassign it to F.

    I'd like F to be reserved to the partition on the external drive, so if I disconnect it and connect something else, that something else will get letters from G onwards even if F is currently not being used. How do I do that?
    You can try program named USBDLM. The author claims that it do (among other things) just the thing you want.
    It is free for personal use and addware free according to Softpedia.
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  5. Posts : 5
    W8.1, W10, Antergos, LMDE
    Thread Starter
       15 Apr 2016 #5

    I'll give it a shot, thanks.
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  6.    16 Apr 2016 #6

    What Philc43 suggests works. However I would suggest you allocate a higher drive letter.

    Why? If you plug in other devices, they will use drive letters above E so F may not be available.
    If you allocate the drive you're interested in drive R: say, that will always be available.

    I use this technique for the disks I use for my disk image backups.
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