Can I rename my hard drives to a differant letter?

February 11, 2012 at 00:11:22
Specs: Windows 7
I have two hard drives numbered
C:Main / D: Files (partitioned) (Fat 32 - 60 GB) and E:Music (NTFS -80 GB)

Trouble is they are listed in my explorer as :

C:Main
D:Music
E: Files

as you can see the alphabetical sequence looks fine,, but I would like to have D on the bottom and would like to renumber D to E and E to D .

Can this be done without harming any of the content???


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#1
February 11, 2012 at 00:14:45
Yep, it's fine to modify partitions, as long as you're not changing the boot volume, just go to Start|Run|diskmgmt.msc|Right-Click the partitions|Select Change Drive Letter And Paths|Then click Change.

for step by step instruction about this, plz read these solutions: www.techyv.com/questions/i-want-rename-my-phyiscal-drives


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#2
February 11, 2012 at 06:21:35
You could rename the volumes. Open explorer and in the left window pane locate the drives, right click and choose rename. Change each of the drives to the names you prefer them to display.

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#3
February 11, 2012 at 07:02:38
Remember that if Windows is looking for a program on D and it is now on E instead the program may not open or run correctly. Same goes for your music player, etc.

Renaming the partitions is fine, but do not change the drive letters. In Windows there are usually at least two ways to do something. You can also go to Windows Disk Management and right click on the partition in question. Choose Properties> general. In the dialog box type the name you want to use. Remember that you can't name two partitions the same. So reversing the names is a two step process. First remove one of the names then go to the other partition and rename. Then go back to the first partition and label it as you want.

Just keep in mind that those labels are for your benefit. Windows only uses the drive letter as part of the path to track things.


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#4
February 11, 2012 at 09:32:44
How about some clarification? You have 2 HDDs, a 60GB & 80GB, correct? Why is the 60GB formatted as FAT32 & how big are the 2 partitions? Is the 80GB a single NTFS partition? Why? IMO, it's an odd configuration but I'm assuming there was a reason for doing it the way you did?

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#5
February 11, 2012 at 10:34:48
In explorer did you try to sort by name? Richt click in blank area to select sort order.

The way they are listed in explorer is only a thing for the user. It has no real meaning to the computer. It doesn't care about the order as such.

As above, changing the drive letter will mess up your system most likely if any program has be coded to look by drive letter. Registry entries tend to be those places where they are stored but not always.

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