How do I change my CD-RW drive letter in Windows XP?

Question

my computer came with the cdrw designated with the letter m and my cdrom with the letter n . ? how do I change these to be designated as d & e Drive

Answer

This question was answered on December 6, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Hello,

According to your profile, you have selected "other" as your operating system so I would assume that you have Windows XP.

How to Change a Drive Letter in Windows XP:

To change an existing drive letter on a drive, partition, or volume:

1 Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group

2 Click Start , click Control Panel , and then click Performance and Maintenance

3 Click Administrative Tools , double-click Computer Management , and then in the left pane, click Disk Management

4 Right-click the drive, partition, logical drive, or volume for which you want to assign a drive letter, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths

5 Click Change

6 Click Assign the following drive letter (if it is not already selected), click the drive letter that you want to use, and then click OK

7 Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the drive letter change

The drive letter of the drive, partition, or volume that you specified is changed, and the new drive letter is displayed in the appropriate drive, partition, or volume in the Disk Management tool

TROUBLESHOOTING:

When you attempt to change an existing drive letter, you receive the following error message:

The volume volume_label drive_letter is currently in use

If you continue, the new drive letter will be assigned; but you can still use the old drive letter to access the volume until you restart your computer The old drive letter will not be available for assignment until you restart

Warning: Changing the drive letter of a volume might cause programs to no longer run

This error message can occur if there are files in use on the drive, partition, or volume This includes files that are accessed by other people on the network To resolve this behavior, use one of the following methods:

Click No when you receive the error message Quit all programs that are using the files on the volume, and then change the drive letter (right-click the volume, click Change Drive Letter and Paths , and then click Change )

Click Yes to proceed with the drive letter change

When you attempt to remove an existing drive letter, you receive the following error message:

The volume volume_label drive_letter is currently in use

If you continue, the drive letter will be freed; however, it will still be available for use until you restart your computer

Warning: Changing the drive letter of a volume might cause programs to no longer run

This error message can occur if there are files in use on the drive, partition, or volume This includes files that are accessed by other people on the network To resolve this behavior, use one of the following methods:

Click No when you receive the error message Quit all programs that are using the files on the volume, and then remove the drive letter (right-click the volume, click Change Drive Letter and Paths , and then click Remove )

Click Yes to remove the drive letter the next time you start your computer

For additional coverage on "How to assign a Drive Letter" and

"How to remove a Drive Letter", go to:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=kbinfo&

and then enter the article ID: Q307844.

Good luck and Thank you for writing!

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Posted by Phoenixaz of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on December 6, 2001