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Assign a Static Drive Letter to a USB Disk in Windows 7

If you have an external USB hard disk or external USB flash drive which is is used for backups or maybe you have installed software’s on it, you may want to have a static letter permanently assigned to it. In this way, each time you connect your device the windows will give that device the same letter.

How it’s done?

First, open the start menu from windows and select Control Panel.

Same Letter USB Device

From this panel, click on the System and Security.

Windows 7 System and Security

Now, being on System and Security, select Administrative tools from the bottom.

Windows 7 Administrative Tools

From the new opened window, just open the Computer Management link.

Windows 7 Computer Management

Under the Computer Management, select Disk Management which is located under Storage.

Windows 7 Disk Management

Now you can see all your drives listed in the pane of the middle section with removable drives included. If you wish to change a drive letter for any external USB disk, right click on the desired drive and select from the newly opened window, Change Drive Letter and Paths.

Windows 7 Change Drive Letter

A new window will appear. To change the drive letter of the selected drive, press the Change button

Change Drive Letter

When the new dialog box show up, select the desired drive letter. Please note that is a good thing to select a letter between N and Z. If you choose a letter outside of this interval, a newly installed device may take it. So it’s better to take this into consideration.

Drive Letter

Next an warning will be displayed on the screen. If you have any installed programs on your USB device, make sure that you are going to update their paths according to your drive letter selection from here.

Windows 7 Warning Message Box

After you clicked the YES button, the new letter will be displayed on your drive in the Computer Management window.

drive letter computer management

Now, paths used for software installed from now on on your USB disk won’t have to be changed each time when you’ll plug in the USB device. It’s a good way to save some time if you intend to install and keep software on removable devices.


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