How to mount a drive as a folder in Windows 11

Xiaobai Software  2022-08-22 16: 48  read 59 views

Windows allows you to change the letters assigned to drives and disk partitions, but can you also change the path of a mounted drive to make it look like a folder?

If you want your new drive to look and behave like a folder, here's how to set it up on Windows.

 

Why mount a drive as a folder on Windows?

When Windows detects a new drive, it assigns a letter to the drive.This helps distinguish between different storage volumes on your computer.

When you have several disk drives or disk partitions, it can sometimes be confusing to find the one you need based only on the letter of the drive.So it might be easier to mount them as desktop folders and then give each folder a descriptive name.This is especially helpful if other people use the computer.

How to mount an external drive as a folder

The first method is to mount the drive as a folder, which is best for external or removable drives.This could be a USB thumb drive or a larger external hard drive.

 

1. Go to Settings > System > Storage, and click Advanced Storage Settings.

2. Click Disks and Volumes and find the drive you want to mount as a folder.

3. Select the drive and click the Properties button.Then you can see the details of the disk drive, including the assigned letter.

4. Click the "+" button in the "Path" section, then click "Browse" to navigate to or create a folder to mount as a drive.

5. When you are done, click OK.The new drive path is now displayed in the properties under Path.

The folder you choose or create will look like a standard Windows folder, but anything you put inside will actually be stored on your hard drive.If you remove the hard drive, its assigned folders cannot be opened until it is reconnected.

If you no longer want the hard drive to be mounted as a folder, you can easily delete this path.Repeat the steps above and go to System > Storage > Disks and Volumes.Find the path to the folder in the "Path" section and click "Delete".

 

How to mount an unallocated drive or partition as a folder

If you have a hard disk or drive partition that is not currently assigned a letter, you can mount it as a folder.You can't do this through the "disks and volumes" setting.Instead, you need to use Windows Disk Management.

 

1. In Windows Search, enter Disk Management and click Create and Manage Hard Disk Partitions in the search results.

2. The Disk Management window will open.After a few seconds, detailed information about your hard drive will be displayed.

3. Right-click on the unallocated space and select New Simple Volume.

4. Specify the size of the new volume.The size of the smallest and largest volumes will be displayed based on the available unallocated space.

5. Next, instead of selecting a drive letter to assign to the volume, select Mount in the following empty NTFS folder and browse to the folder's location.

6. Select "Format this volume" and give the new disk volume a name.Then click Next > Finish.

The folder you selected during this process is now mounted as a drive or partition.If your hard drive doesn't have unallocated space to use in this way, you can shrink the disk to create some.

How to unmount a drive from a folder

If you no longer need a partition for a disk drive or folder, you can unmount it.

 

1. Open Disk Management and look for the volume you mounted as a folder.

2. Right-click the volume and select Change Drive Letter and Paths from the context menu.

3. Select the mounted folder you want to delete, then click the Delete button.

4. Confirm that you want to delete the path.Anyone accessing the volume using that path will no longer be able to do so.

You can also simply delete the folder to unmount it as a drive.This will not delete the folder contents, but you will not be able to access them using the folder path.

Mount Disk Drives as Folders on Windows

Mounting hard drives as folders is great for making your storage space easier to navigate.Having multiple hard drives or multiple disk partitions can sometimes be confusing.This is especially important if different people have to use the same Windows computer.Mounting a hard drive or partition as a folder allows you to replace the hard drive letter with a descriptive title.

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