Assign a Static Drive Letter to a USB Drive in Windows 8

In this article we explain how to assign a static drive letter to a USB drive in Windows 8.

How to assign a static drive letter to a USB drive in Windows 8

Step 1

In the Windows 8 Desktop, first we open the "Control Panel."

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Step 2

Then we click the "System and Security" link from the Control Panel.

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Step 3

Click the "Administrative Tools" link on the "System and Security" window.

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Step 4

When the Administrative tools window opens, double-click the "Computer Management" shortcut.

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Step 5

The "Computer Management" dialog box displays. In the tree on the left, select "Disk Management" under Storage.

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Step 6

Right-click on the drive in the list and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths" from the popup menu.

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Step 7

The Change Drive Letter and Paths dialog box displays for the selected drive showing the current drive letter. To change the drive letter, click "Change".

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Step 8

On the "Change Drive Letter or Path" dialog box, select the "Assign the following drive letter" option.

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Step 9

The following warning displays, we choose "Yes" to continue.

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Step 10

The new drive letter displays next to the drive on the "Computer Manager" dialog box.

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Step 11

Select "Exit" from the "File" menu to close the "Computer Management" dialog box.

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Step 12

Close both the "Administrative Tools" window and the "Control Panel" window by clicking the X button in the upper-right corner of the window.

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Now, absolute file paths used by programs, such as backup programs, won't need to be changed every time you plug in your USB drive.