How to Change a Hard Drive Name

By Launie Sorrels

It is possible to specify exactly what drive letter is assigned to a particular drive. If you do not want your DVD drive to be D:, it can be changed to Z: instead. Be careful when changing drive letters, however: Software installed under a different drive letter may not work when you change it.

Windows XP

Step 1

Log in with an account that has administrator rights.

Step 2

Click "Start."

Step 3

Click "Control Panel."

Step 4

Click "Performance and Maintenance."

Step 5

Click "Administrative Tools."

Step 6

Double-click "Computer Management."

Step 7

Click "Disk Management." Available drives will appear in the right pane.

Step 8

Right-click the drive you want to change. Click "Change Drive Letter and Paths."

Step 9

Click "Change."

Step 10

Click "Assign the following drive letter."

Step 11

Choose the drive letter you want to use.

Step 12

Click "OK."

Step 13

Click "Yes" at the confirmation screen.

Windows Vista

Step 1

Log in with an account that has administrator rights.

Step 2

Click "Start."

Step 3

Click "Control Panel."

Step 4

Click "System Maintenance."

Step 5

Click "Administrative Tools."

Step 6

Click "Computer Management."

Step 7

Click "Disk Management." Available drives will appear in the right pane.

Step 8

Right-click the drive you want to change. Click "Change Drive Letter and Paths."

Step 9

Click "Change."

Step 10

Click "Assign the following drive letter."

Step 11

Choose the drive letter you want to use.

Step 12

Click "OK."

Step 13

Click "Yes" at the confirmation screen.