How to Change Drive Letter in Windows 11

Changing the drive letter of a partition or external drive in Windows 11 can help you manage your drives more effectively, especially if you need to organize them in a specific order or resolve conflicts with drive letter assignments. This guide will walk you through the steps to change a drive letter using the Disk Management tool and Command Prompt.


Each drive on your Windows 11 system is assigned a unique drive letter for identification. Sometimes, you might need to change these letters for better organization, to follow a specific naming convention, or to resolve conflicts. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to change the drive letter using built-in Windows tools.

Method 1: Using Disk Management

Step 1: Open Disk Management

  1. Right-click on the Start menu (Windows icon) at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select Disk Management from the context menu. Alternatively, press Win + X and select Disk Management.

Step 2: Locate the Drive

  1. In the Disk Management window, find the drive you want to change the letter for in the list of volumes.

Step 3: Change the Drive Letter

  1. Right-click on the drive whose letter you want to change.
  2. Select Change Drive Letter and Paths from the context menu.

Step 4: Choose a New Drive Letter

  1. In the Change Drive Letter and Paths window, click on Change.
  2. In the dialog box that appears, select a new drive letter from the dropdown list.
  3. Click OK to confirm.

Step 5: Confirm the Change

  1. A warning message may appear, indicating that some programs that rely on drive letters might not work correctly. Click Yes to proceed.
  2. The drive letter will be updated, and the changes will take effect immediately.

Method 2: Using Command Prompt

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as Administrator

  1. Click on the Start menu (Windows icon) at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Type "Command Prompt" in the search bar.
  3. Right-click on Command Prompt from the search results and select Run as administrator.

Step 2: Use Diskpart to Change the Drive Letter

  1. In the Command Prompt window, type diskpart and press Enter to open the Diskpart utility.

Step 3: List the Volumes

  1. Type list volume and press Enter to see a list of all volumes on your system.

Step 4: Select the Volume

  1. Find the volume you want to change the drive letter for by looking at the list.
  2. Type select volume X (replace X with the volume number you want to change) and press Enter.

Step 5: Assign a New Drive Letter

  1. Type assign letter=Y (replace Y with the new drive letter you want to assign) and press Enter.

Step 6: Exit Diskpart

  1. Type exit and press Enter to exit the Diskpart utility.
  2. Close the Command Prompt window.

Additional Tips

  • Drive Letter Conflicts: Avoid assigning a drive letter that is already in use by another drive to prevent conflicts.
  • System Drives: Be cautious when changing drive letters for system drives (e.g., C:), as it can affect the system’s stability and functionality.
  • Removable Drives: For external or removable drives, the drive letter might change when reconnecting the drive if it's set to a letter that becomes occupied by another device. Reassign the letter if necessary.


You have successfully learned how to change the drive letter in Windows 11 using both Disk Management and Command Prompt. By following these steps, you can organize your drives more effectively and resolve any drive letter conflicts. Regularly managing drive letters ensures better organization and easier navigation of your system's storage devices.