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Can I change the default drive letter that Windows assigns to new media? [duplicate]

I know how to reassign a drive letter using Disk Management, what I want to do is change the default drive letter assigned to any new media that is introduced, such as a USB stick. I assume it just ...
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Damaged Sd card

My sd card was damaged and it asked me to format. A year ago the same thing happened and I format the card and recover the data by recovering software. But now I did wrong by removing the drive letter ...
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Problems because of HDD drive letter changed

The laptop is booting from the new SSD. But all my apps are on the HDD. After adding the new SSD, the drive letters of the HDD were changed. Now when I try to run an application that is on the HDD, it ...
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Assigned drive letters vary on WIN 7/ WIN 10 dual boot

I recently created a dual boot system with WIN 7 & WIN 10 (both operating systems are on separate physical drives), but have noticed that the drive letters that are assigned to the various ...
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How do I get the drive label from the drive letter in Windows 10 in cmd.exe?

I truly cannot believe I have to ask this, but after searching countless times and finding nothing online on how to do this, I must ask. I already know about the "label" command. While it does output ...
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Mount USB flash drive or external hard drive on Windows as drive letter A: or B:?

Is there any way to get Windows to assign drive letter A: or B: (instead of D: or a subsequent letter) to a connected USB flash drive or external hard drive? (This is purely for nostalgia purposes, ...
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How to limit Drive Letters Windows assigns to new removable USB drives

Currently Windows (all of the versions) assigns the first available letter to the next removable media you insert into your USB drive. Is there a way to go around this to make Windows assign only ...
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Assign a permanent drive letter across different computers

I'm creating a USB drive that includes several shortcuts to files within the same USB to save space and avoid duplicate files. Obviously for this to work, it requires the letter of the drive to ...
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Remove a phantom drive letter

Recently, I plugged a friend's external hard drive on my laptop. Because it didn't show up, I had to manually assign it a drive letter using the disk management in Windows 10. But now I unplugged it, ...
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Why isn't my partition appearing?

I have a partition on my system drive that appears in Computer Management → Storage → Disk Management, but not under This PC → Devices and Drives in File Explorer. Why isn't my partition appearing in ...
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Partition recognized, volume not

On a Windows 7 machine, the internal hard drive is splitted into three partitions. Two of them work just fine, but the third one is not visible in the explorer. In diskpart, list partition shows all ...
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How do I stop my C drive appearing also as D on Windows 10 file explorer?

Am running Windows 10 Pro v1803. At some point a mysterious clone of my C drive showed up as D. This is an SSD. The drive letter doesn't appear in DISKPART. Nor does it show in Disk management console....
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Drive letter lost after unplug

I have to manually assign drive letter whenever I connect my WD Element to my PC (W10). The external hdd has 2 partitions (FAT32 + NTFS) and I have to do this for both of them. Is there any way to ...
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How to make sure Windows (7) does update names of drives?

The issue: I have two network drives set up, that are however not always connected. When they are not connected, and I connect a usb drive or insert an sd card, often these drives/cards will not show ...
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Windows XP: Hard drive is called letter “H:” instead of “C:”

I recently installed Windows XP Pro SP3 on an old PC. Everything seemed fine except for the fact that the 1 TB hard drive that I installed it to is called "H:" instead of "C:," like it usually is on ...
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How to change BCD internal drive letter assignment

As you know, the following values can be changed by using BCDEDIT: device partition=E: osdevice partition=E: But question is that how did BCD name a certain volume (e.g. E: above) and how can it ...
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Preserve drive letters when installing Windows 7

If you start installing Windows 7 on drive D: from within Windows XP, you see correct drive letters after installation, i.e. XP on C: and 7 on D:. However, if you boot from a DVD and install it, you ...
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Changing default location to applications installed on hardware after changing its assigned letter

I got new work machine at my job with two hard drives but the assignment of letters is terrible. C:/ is normal D:/ is for DVD-RW and F:/ is for second HDD. I wanted to change it to standard C: D: E: ...
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Windows: “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.”

Since a few months I'm having an annoying problem with my Windows 10 installation. I can't simply open drives (either HDD or USB ones) labelled with the letters J: and K: from the File Explorer. When ...
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Redirected Drive Assignment

In DOS there was a command that would allow you to redirect drives to another letter, for example: ASSIGN D: = C: This would allow apps looking at C:\ to be direct to D:\. Is this possible in ...
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Permanent Windows drive letters not permanent?

For my laptop I have an external hard disk and a DVD drive which is in the docking station. With the disk management I clearly set the letter D for the external harddrive and E for the DVD drive. ...
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I have two external drives on a server, but I cannot assign volume letters to them using DISKPART

I have two external drives plugged into a server, used for backups. The concern that I am trying to alleviate is that these drives keep switching volume letters on restart, or if some other storage ...
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Finding out the drive letters previously used by my PC

My PC was disconnected from main power over night and it seems that the BIOS has lost information about the drives. It was unable to boot, so I had to enter the BIOS first and select the boot drive. ...
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Trying to launch HTML web gallery from a pen drive, don't know drive letter [duplicate]

I am trying to autorun a fairly simple HTML photo gallery from a pen drive to give to clients. Clearly I don't know what drive letter is going to be assigned to the drive in any particular pc. How do ...
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how to make a bat file on usb?

I want to make a batch file that open multiple programs like setuping drivers like this one cd\ D: (the usb drive letter ) start sound driver.exe start tochpad driver.exe Just from opening the ...
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Reference USB without drive letter

My clients have a program which is housed on a flash drive. I'd like to send out an update (MSI or EXE) that erases one file on the drive and replaces it with another. On Mac, this is easy since all ...
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batch file prompt drive letter

I've been working on this simple batch in windows 7, it has a drive letter set to delete all files and folders within. And if the drive wasn't mounted, it should prompt the user to enter one, here: @...
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Why does Windows rename my library to the drive letter?

As many others, I use custom locations for my windows libraries because my OS is on a small SSD. Downloads, Music and Pictures are all stored in folders on D:. My Video library however, has an entire ...
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Windows 10: make drive letter unavailable

On my Windows 10 system I have the following drive letters assigned:C:\ SSD (The system drive)D:\ HDD (has junction from C:\Users)E:\ Blu-Ray optical driveF:\ DVD optical driveG:\ external HDDI:\ ...
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Change drive letter of disconnected (reserved) device?

First off, I've done this before so I know it is possible. The problem is I just can't recall HOW I did it before. Basically, I reinstalled Windows 10. Before doing so, it was working well and it was ...
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Fix invalid link targets after changing drive letter of 'Program Files' folder

I have a second Program Files directory on another partition because I can't store all of them on my SSD. So the default location is C:\Program Files, but some programs I'm not using too often were ...
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How can I assign the same drive letter for any USB thumbdrive connected?

I would like to know if there's a way to do this: My PC has 1 usb port, if I connect thumbdrive1, it will get drive letter M: (example), then I remove it. I then connect thumbdrive2 and it will get ...
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Windows 7 - Drive letters spontaneously changed, can't boot

I just had Windows 7 swap drive letters around on me, the end result being that the system no longer boots. There are several volumes mounted in the system, so I'm not sure exactly what has changed, ...
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Why does switching back to a normal drive from a colon-lettered drive only work intermittently?

With the subst command, one can create "drives" identified by any symbol, so this works: subst *: C:\path *: The prompt then shows *:\>. Proof: subst :: C:\path also works, but the new colon-...
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Merge C and D drive, keep Windows on D

I have a PC with a harddrive that has two partitions, C: containing an old beta version of Windows 8 and D: containing Windows 7. I would like to remove Windows 8, and merge the two partitions into ...
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Slow disk drive performance or letter conflict

I've made a fresh install of Windows 10 on my dads PC. Disconnected existing HDD and SSD and installed it on a brand new SSD. Upon reconnecting the HDD, Windows boot time went up to around 5 to 10 ...
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How to move Windows 10 to D or E drive?

I have windows 10 pro installed in my c drive. I want the windows to be installed in d drive or e drive. I tried doing it by making windows 10 bootable flash drive, but it is only resetting my windows....
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How to remove “phantom” drive letters?

I recently attached two GPT-formatted USB hard drives to my Win10 workstation. I had to update the BCD store on them so I used Diskpart to assign letters S: and T: to the EFI partitions on the drives....
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Drive letter remains after unmounting ISO/VHD

My System specs Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit 4GB RAM 1TB HDD When I unmount an ISO file or a vhd file via the Eject command in the right-click menu the file (ISO, VHD) ejects, but the drive letter ...
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Why is the system partition C:\? [duplicate]

How come that the system partition is C:\ and not A:\ or B:\? I know A:\ was used for floppy drives, but why not use B:\ then? And why was floppy drives used as A:\ as if it was more important than ...
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How can a process run from a command line without specifying a drive letter before the path?

The Synaptics Touchpad Helper runs at user logon as a scheduled task. The command line configured to run the executable is... "\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe" As you may assume, it is ...
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Use 3 different USB HDDs always on same drive letter

I am using 3 different USB HDDs of the same model for regular backups with Acronis. This software wants me to set up a target path for the backup files, so I depend on my external HDDs to always have ...
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Can I rearrange drive letters of my mapped network drives?

I have several network storage drives that I've mapped in Windows. I'm wondering if I can change their assigned drive letters easily rather than disconnecting from them all and remapping in my ...
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Assigning letter to a drive using autorun

I have an external drive which, for unavoidable reasons, needs to be assigned the same letter, regardless of the computer where I plug it in to. I thought that it could be accomplished by a Diskpart ...
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Is it safe to use letters A and B for drives? [duplicate]

My computer (a modern one, with Windows 8.1) is equipped with a DVD drive and a SD card reader. I'm considering assigning letters A and B to DVD and card reader. I know well that those letters were ...
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Clone one SSD to another and change OS drive letter from G: to C:

How do I clone my existing Windows 8.1 installation to a new SSD and change the volume drive letter to C:? I have Windows 8.1 installed on SSD as drive G:. Every now and than I come across a program ...
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How to change the label of USB flash drive that gets assigned to default drive letter (“F” in this case)

I have a USB flash drive (FAT32 format) with the label "DT100G3" If I assign the drive to the letters "G" or "J" the label shows on Windows Explorer. However, if I assign the letter "F" to it, the ...
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After repartitioning a drive, Windows is messed up because the drive letter changed from F: to something else

The system had one drive with two partitions both running Windows 7. The first one, I deleted. This didn't have the MBR or bootloader on it. The second one was kept, but resized to fit the whole drive....
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What's the easiest method of changing the drive letter of the active/boot drive in Win 7?

I recently bought an SSD to accompany my HDD, and installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 onto it. I then used Drive Manager to change the drive letter of my HDD from C: to E:. Trouble is, I now have ...
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Mount NTFS disk in Windows 7 formatted in Ubuntu

I want to mount / assign a drive letter to the highlighted disk above, but that option is not available. The disk is formatted as NTFS in Ubuntu and contains around 1 TB data. How can I mount it in ...