Chapter 19: Managing Disks and Drives
To prevent potential startup problems, you should rarely if ever change the drive let-
ter for the system and boot volumes. However, you can change the drive letters for
other volumes at any time. To change a drive letter, follow these steps:
1. In Disk Management’s Graphical view, right-click the volume that you want to
work with and then select Change Drive Letter and Path. This displays the
Change Drive Letter and Paths for... dialog box shown in Figure 19-14.
2. To change the drive letter, select the current drive letter and then click Change. In
the Change Drive Letter or Path dialog box, choose a different letter to assign to
the drive. Only those drive letters that aren’t currently assigned will be available.
Although volumes can have multiple drive letters or be mounted to file
paths instead of drive letters, I recommend that you avoid these
options. You’ll prevent possible confusion and it always will be clear
how your drives are accessed.
3. Click OK twice to save your settings.
Changing Volume Labels
The volume label is a text descriptor for a volume that is displayed when the volume
is accessed in Windows Explorer and other Windows programs. If your computer
has multiple volumes, giving each volume a descriptive label will help you easily nav-
igate between volumes. For example, you might have a volume named Documents
and a volume named Archive.
Figure 19-14. Changing the drive letter