Win8 drvie letter changes on ext drive

Posted on 2014-12-19
Last Modified: 2015-03-05
Ext drive on a Win 8 computer drive letter changes. Initially the drive letter was set to F: When the drive re-attached to the computer, it changed to letter G:

When I go to disk management > change drive letter, F: is not available. It necessary to change the letter back to F:. How can I gain access to drive letter F:?
Question by:deanind
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by:John Hurst
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The first part above is normal.

For the second part, turn the machine all the way OFF (complete shut down). Now restart and check. The Drive Letter should be available. That works for me on my Windows 8 machine.

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Thanks, I will try this tonight and report back on Monday.
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Is there any other drive which uses F drive letter?
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ID: 40509723
No, this is why it is strange. I have drive C: & D: internal and F: external.
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noxcho earned 166 total points
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Michael-Best earned 167 total points
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Are you using the same USB port?

You must be logged on as an administrator to change the drive letter.
For more detail see:


run regedit.exe
Change G to F
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Michael, same instructions which I posted already :)
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@ noxcho,
Sorry to repeat information, when typing at the same time as you/others before hitting EE "submit"
You had only provided a "blind link" which is not allowable by EE rules.
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i would not pick the letter F, but one at the alphabet's end , like X, Wor Z
and use this little program for a fixed drive letter ;

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