Home windows assigns drive letters to inside and exterior arduous drives, optical drives, Flash reminiscence playing cards and different gadgets robotically when it acknowledges them.
The primary motive for that’s that it permits customers of the system to work together with the gadgets instantly; it might definitely be inconvenient if customers needed to assign drive letters to new gadgets manually, and even every time gadgets get linked.
Generally, nonetheless, you could not need drive letters assigned to gadgets robotically or in any respect. A standard situation is a partition of a unique working system that you do not wish to entry; one other, that encrypted drives or partitions do not require a drive letter till they’re mounted as you may’t work together with the unmounted drives.
Take away drive letters utilizing Disk Administration
All variations and editions of Home windows embrace the Disk Administration instrument. Disk Administration is the first instrument of the Home windows working system for managing drives and different storage gadgets. It supplies choices so as to add, change or take away drive letters, shrink or lengthen volumes, or connect digital arduous drives.
Home windows helps fairly a number of methods to launch the Disk Administration instrument; essentially the most handy choices in my view are the next two:
- Use Home windows-R to open the runbox, sort diskmgmt.msc and hit the Enter-key on the keyboard.
- Use the Home windows-X menu and choose Disk Administration. (Home windows eight and newer solely)
The Disk Administration interface could take a second to load. It lists all out there volumes and disks in its interface on begin, and you could work together with the quantity itemizing or the visible illustration of every disk.
I discover it simpler to work with the disk checklist within the decrease half of the Disk Administration interface, however any motion out there there’s additionally out there within the quantity itemizing.
Disk Administration lists disks, partitions, and drive letters. It’s simple to identify partitions with drive letters and people with out.
To work together with a partition right-click on it within the Disk Administration interface.
A right-click shows the context menu. It’s possible you’ll use it to execute all supported operations; choose “change drive letter and paths…” on this case to take away the drive letter from the partition.
Disk Administration lists assigned drive letters of the quantity in a brand new window when you choose the choice. The interface lists choices so as to add, change or take away the drive letter.
To take away it, choose it after which the take away button to execute the motion.
Disk Administration shows a warning immediate when you choose take away:
Some applications that depend on drive letters won’t run accurately. Are you certain you wish to take away this drive letter?
Elimination is just not a problem if the quantity is just not used however it might trigger points whether it is utilized by applications, as an illustration for information storage. Choose sure to proceed with the execution or no to cancel it.
Disk Administration closes the immediate robotically and visualizes the change in its interface. Should you chosen take away, the drive letter ought to now not be connected to the quantity. The change is mirrored in Explorer and different file browsers as effectively.
It’s possible you’ll add drive letters to volumes utilizing the identical step-by-step information. The one distinction is that you could choose add and choose one of many out there drive letters.
Eradicating drive letters utilizing the command immediate
You want elevated rights to take away a drive letter utilizing the command immediate:
- Faucet on the Home windows-key to show the Begin Menu.
- Sort cmd.exe, maintain down the Shift-key and Ctrl-key, and choose the merchandise from the checklist of outcomes.
- Affirm the UAC immediate.
You should use the command mountvol to work together with volumes. A very good start line is the command mountvol /? which lists all supported parameters and all volumes just like the itemizing that you just get if you run the Disk Administration interface.
Use the /D parameter to take away a drive letter from the chosen quantity. The command mountvol d: /D removes the drive letter from quantity D:
Use the command mountvol d: VolumeName To reassign a drive letter. VolumeName begins with and all out there volumes are listed if you run mountvol /?.