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How to assign a USB a static drive letter in Windows 7

Procedure:

Navigate to Start and type diskmgmt.msc in the search bar. Press Enter.

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Disk Management opens. You should find your Drives listed including removable devices. Right click the USB drive (in our case /E:) and select Change Drive Letter and Paths.

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The Change Drive Letter and Paths dialog box appears for the selected drive displaying the current drive letter. Click Change.

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In the Change Drive Letter or Paths dialog box, select the Assign the following drive letter radio button.  On the drop down list to the right, select a letter between M and Z (preferably). Click OK to continue.

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A warning message pops up stating that some programs that rely on certain drive letters may not function properly. Click Yes.

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The new drive letter (in our case \P:) appears next to the drive in Disk Management. Exit out of Disk Management.

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From now on, absolute file paths will not have to be amended for particular programs such as back up programs, every time you connect up your USB drive.

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