How to set permanent letters to drives on your Windows 10 PC

From Windows 10 version, when you plug a removable storage device like a USB flash drive or an internal hard drive into your computer, the system will automatically detect and assign a drive letter to get it usable. But when you reconnect an external drive, the system will end up assigning a different letter, which is a little annoying.

If you want the same drive letter on a particular external device, you can then manually assign a permanent letter for any drive plugged into your Windows 10 computer. There are currently at least three different ways that are Disk Management, Command Prompt, and PowerShell.

This approach can prevent your Windows 10 PC from assigning a new letter or setting a letter in use, which might cause conflicts. In addition, you can select a drive letter that is more sense to you.

In this Windows guide, we will show you various methods to assign a letter to a drive manually, provided that you’re connecting the drive to the same device and that letter is not currently in use.

Steps to assign a drive letter through Disk Management

To manage drive letters using the Disk Management tool, you simply follow these steps below

  • Click on Start menu
  • Search for Create and format hard disk partitions option and check out the top result to open the Disk Management.
  • Right-click on the drive and choose the Change Drive Letter & Paths
  • Click on Change
  • Choose “Assign the following drive letter” option from the popup
  • Assign a new drive letter from the drop-down menu

  • Click on OK
  • Click the button again to confirm

After you complete these steps, the drive will permanently accept the assigned letter, even after it’s reconnected. But, if you connect your drive to another device, it can be displayed in a different letter.

Steps to assign a drive letter through Command Prompt

The simplest way to assign a new drive letter is using Disk Management, you can also opt to use DiskPart in Command Prompt to do the same task. Follow these steps below to assign a drive letter through Command Prompt:

  1. Click on Start menu
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right click on the top result and run it as administrator.
  3. Enter the following command to start DiskPart:
diskpart
  1. Continue to enter the following command to list all the available volumes on your computer:
list volume
  1. Type in the following command to choose the volume to assign a new letter:
select volume 3

In the above command, you should change “3” to the number representing the drive on your external device.

  1. Enter the command below to assign a new drive letter:
assign letter=H


You can replace “H” for the letter you want to use. After finishing these steps, every time you reconnect the external storage to the same device, your Windows 10 PC will automatically assign the same letter.

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Steps to assign a drive letter through PowerShell

Alternatively, you can take advantage of PowerShell to change a drive letter on your Windows 10 OS by following these steps below:

  1. Click on Start menu
  2. Search for PowerShell, and Run the top result as administrator.
  3. Enter the following command to see the available drives:
Get-Disk
  1. Continue to enter the command below to assign a permanent letter to the drive:
Get-Partition -DiskNumber 1 | Set-Partition -NewDriveLetter H

After you complete the steps, your drive can be accessible from File Explorer with the letter that has been assigned, and Windows 10 could not change it.

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