How to change a drive letter
To change an existing drive letter on a drive, on a partition, or on a volume, follow these steps:
- Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group, and in Windows 8 enter the Desktop Mode.
- Right-click on the Computer icon on the Desktop and select Manage. This brings up the "Computer Management" dialog, then click Disk Management in the left pane.
- Right-click the drive, the partition, the logical drive, or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
- Click Change.
- Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, click the drive letter that you want to use, and then click OK.
- Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the drive letter change.
The drive letter of the drive, the partition, or the volume that you specified is changed, and the new drive letter appears in the appropriate drive, partition, or volume in the Disk Management tool.
At the time of assigning the specific drive letter, the opportunity should be taken to also assign a specific drive name as an additional safeguard against the operating system subsequently changing the drive letter. To assign a specific name whilst working in the Disk Management window, right-click on the target drive and select Properties. In the General tab, simply type the chosen name (take care to ensure that it is unique to the system) then click OK. This same procedure can be followed by right-clicking on the drive in the Windows Explorer main window and choosing either Properties or Rename.