How to assign a permanent drive letter to a USB drive in Windows 10

This tutorial will show you step by step how to assign a permanent (also called persistent or static) drive letter to an external hard drive or USB flash drive in Windows 10.

We'll be using a tool that's already built-into Microsoft Windows 10.

How to assign a permanent drive letter to a USB drive in Windows 10

1. Insert the USB drive from which you want to change the drive letter into your PC.

2. Right-click on the start menu button.

3. Click on Disk Management.

Open Disk Management in Windows 10

You can also open Disk Management by typing disk management or create and format in the Windows search bar and then click on Create and format hard disk partitions when it appears.

Open Disk Management in Windows 10

4. Right-click on the USB drive from which you want to change the drive letter.

5. Click on Change Drive Letter and Paths.

Change Drive Letter and Paths option in Disk Management in Windows 10

6. In the next window, you click on the Change button.

The Change button in the Change Drive Letter and Paths window

Note: If the Change button isn't working and greyed-out, you will have to click on the USB drive to select it.

What to do when the Change drive letter button is not working

7. In the next window, you click on the selection menu button and select a letter from M to Z. The letters M to Z are almost never used on most Windows systems.

8. When you're done selecting a drive letter, you click on the OK button.

Assign a permanent drive letter to a USB drive in Windows 10

9. When the “Some programs that rely on drive letters might not run correctly” warning appears, you click on Yes to continue.

Some programs that rely on drive letters might not run correctly

Windows will now assign the selected drive letter to the USB drive.

10. You can now close Disk Management.


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References:

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