As we know, in Windows the partition location is prefixed with
[a-z]:. What happens if there are more than 26 partitions?
The drive letters you see are simply representations of the physical partitions available and can be represented by other means. You could only have up to 26 drive letters, but you are definitely able to have (and actually use) many more partitions.
In that case, you could link the drive to a directory on your system rather than a drive letter as, since Windows XP at least (and potentially earlier), it has been possible to mount a drive or partition under a directory in Windows. This would mean you could effectively have a folder containing all your drives that are not accessible by drive letter.
You would do this within the Disk Management administrative console.
To get to the console, go to (or right-click on "My Computer" -> "Manage" -> "Disk Management"):
If you right click a partition you would see a
As a side not you will want to make sure that the folder that you are using is empty, when you mount a partition to that folder then you will only see the files and folders from that partition and any original files will be invisible. I suspect if you unmount the drive from that folder you will be able to see the original files again, but I don't know for certain.
Weird, I assumed that there would be some kind of limit on how many logical partitions you can have in an extended partition, but I can't actually find anything about it. I know you can only have four primary partitions.
This is an example drive that I have removed the drive letter from and instead assigned to a folder, the files on that drive are now accessible at
Under DOS 3.3 at least you could get drives like
This was using Novell and setting
So there might be a way of getting the 27th partition to have a character name.
32 "letter" assignments so far (as of windows 7) Adding ascii non-null non reserved strings suchas [ ] Π ^ ¢ € ¥ √
Mounting physical media via dos commands in powershell I've added 41 using winiso money values.
Little-known undocumented feature: you can use any drive "letter" you want with the
Explorer won't let you browse in non-lettered drives, but you can open some programs on documents in them.