Mounting Drives and Directories in Windows

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# Mounting Drives and Directories in Windows

Oct 2009

You don't have to use only drive letters C:, D:, E: and so on for subsequent disk partitions. Windows gives much freedom in managing drive letters and partitions, if you know how to do that.

First, you can change a drive letter for a hard disk partition or removable disk drive. For example, I like to have my DVD as drive X:. To do that:

Second, you can mount whole partition or drive in an existing, empty directory. To do that:

And finally, you can do the opposite - mount a directory as a separate drive. The way to do it is quite different, as it requires to use a console command:

subst s: d:\Dir\Subdir

To remove such drive, use the following command:

subst s: /D

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