Change Drive Letter in Windows® Vista
What are the ways to change the drive letter in Windows Vista based computer?
The drive letter on the hard disk partitions are the alphabetical identifications on the drives that are used as an option for identification purposes of particular drive. The users can change the drive letter on Windows Vista systems through the 'Computer management' option. Click on the 'Start' button and then right click on the 'My computer' icon and choose the 'Manage' option. The computer management window appears. In the left pane of the window, click on 'Disk management'. Now, right click on the drive whose drive letter needs to be changed and click on 'Change drive letter and paths' option. Click on the 'change' option and then on adding the following drive letter option, assign a letter to the drive. Press the 'Ok' button and exit the window. Now, the drive letter of the particular drive partition has been changed and the user can repeat the steps if needed to change the drive letters of other drive partitions.
Discussed below are some tips to fix issues that may arise while chaning drive letter in Windows Vista:
- Tips to remember
- Rules to be followed
- Alternate solutions
Tips to remember
For changing the drive letter on Windows Vista operating system, the user should log on to the system as an 'Administrator'. The Computer Management window can be opened up on the system by right clicking on 'My computer' icon and then on 'Manage' option. The computer management option can also be accessed from 'Administrative Tools' option in Control Panel.
Rules to be followed
The user can assign letters C to Z for the purpose of changing the drive letters. A and B are letters that are assigned to floppy drives by the system. Since the new systems are devoid of floppy drives, user can assign the letters A and B as well along with other letters. The drive that stores the system programs should not be renamed since many of the programs running on the system may have reference to these drives.
The common issues that may occur while changing the drive letter includes unable to change the drive letter, access to certain programs or applications stops, programs freeze frequently, etc. In such situations, the user should follow the rules that are designed for the purpose of changing the drive letter. The drives that possess partition of the hard disk should not be changed. Also, some of the system programs use certain drive partition letters as the reference for applications, such drives should not be changed.
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