How to Assign Drive Letter in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to change or assign a drive letter to an external or internal storage device in Windows 11.

Windows 11 automatically assigns available letters to connected internal or external hard drives. Letters from A through Z are used to identify and name storage devices that are attached to Windows.

By default, A and B have always been assigned to floppy disk drives. However, you probably will never see a computer with a slot for floppy disk. In this case, you can assign either A or B to another storage device that is connected to your computer.

Letter C is assigned to the System main drive where Windows operating system is installed. In a multi-drives computer, the letter D is assigned to the second hard drive or CD/DVD drive, if a second drive isn’t available.

Letter, E, F G and so forth are assigned based on devices connected with first device been assigned the next unassigned letter in the alphabet.

If you’d like to name a drive other than what is automatically assigned to it, the steps below will show you how to do that.

The new Windows 11 will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

Changing drive letter is buried in the System settings pane, that may confuse new users. However, this post shows you how to do it with just few clicks.

To get started with assigning drive letter to connected storage devices, follow the steps below:

How to change drive letter in Windows 11

Again, letters are automatically assigned to storage device to identify them as they’re connected to Windows. If you want to assign a different letter than the one automatically assigned, use the steps below to do that.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, select Storage on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 system storage

On the Storage settings pane, click on Advanced storage settings to expand.

advanced storage settings

Then select Disks & volumes as highlighted below.

windows 11 disks volumes

On the Disks & volumes settings pane, select the disk drive you want to rename or change its letter. Then select Properties.

windows 11 disks and volumens drive 1

On the drive Properties pane, you’ll notice Windows automatically assigned a letter that was available. However, we want to change the letter from the one assigned to a different one.

Click on the Change drive letter button to change it.

windows 11 change driver letter

On the pop up screen, choose any available letter to use for the drive.

windows 11 select drive letter

Then click OK to apply.

windows 11 change drive letter to new

The drive will immediately changed to the select letter you chose. File Explorer will now reference the drive by the new letter.

windows 11 drive change in

That should do it!


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