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How To Change Drive Letters in Windows XP


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Change Drive Letters in Windows XP

After a new hard drive installation or maybe just to keep your system organized, you may want to change the drive letter of a CD/DVD/BD drive or hard drive in Windows XP. The Disk Managementt tool makes this really easy.

Note: You cannot modify the drive letter of your main partition on your PC. In a normal Windows XP installation, this is the "C Drive".

Follow these steps to change a drive letter in Windows XP:

Note: Not using Windows XP? See the tip at the bottom of the page for help.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Changing drive letters in Windows XP usually takes less than 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Open Windows XP Disk Management from the Computer Management utility.

    Note: You can also open Disk Management from the Command Prompt in Windows XP but starting it from Computer Management is probably just as easy.

  2. On the right-hand side of the screen, locate and right-click on the drive that you wish to change the drive letter of and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths....

  3. In the Change Drive Letter and Paths window, click on the Change... button.

  4. The Change Drive Letter or Path dialog box will appear. Choose the drive letter you wish to assign to this partition.

    Click OK.

  5. The Confirm window that appears advises you that "Changing the drive letter of a volume might cause programs to no longer run. Are you sure you want to change this drive letter?".

    Note: If you have software installed to this drive, the software may stop functioning after a drive letter change. Nearly all software defaults to the primary drive though, so this is rarely a concern.

  6. If you're sure you want to make this change, click Yes.

    Depending on the speed of your PC, the change should be nearly instant.

  7. The driver letter change in Windows XP is complete!

    You can now close any open windows.


  1. Not a Windows XP user? See How Do I Change a Drive Letter in Windows? for specific instructions for your version of Windows.

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