Mefglobalforum.org – A drive letter will be allocated to a storage device when it is connected to a computer running Windows 11 automatically. The drive letter for CD/DVD/Blu-ray drives, USB flash drives, SD cards, mapped network drives, and other storage devices can be removed if you want to make the device completely disappear from File Explorer. Open File Explorer and locate the device to see the given drive letter. The ways to delete the drive letter in Windows 11 are as follows:
How to Remove a Drive Letter on Windows 11
Every storage device, including network drives, that is connected to a computer in Windows 11 is automatically given a drive letter. It is feasible to fully erase the letter, though, if you don’t want to change it. Drive letters can be removed for a variety of reasons, including to conceal a drive from system users or in cases where Windows mistakenly assigned a letter to a hidden boot partition. You can use PowerShell, the Disk Management tool, or the Settings app to accomplish this. In this article, we’ll demonstrate how to delete a drive letter using the Settings app.
Detailed instructions for deleting a drive letter in Windows 11 using the Settings app.
- Press the Windows key to launch the Start menu and click Settings.
- Click System from the left column and Storage on the right.
- Scroll down to the Storage management section and expand the Advanced storage settings option.
- Click Disks & volumes.
- Find the drive with the letter to remove and click the Properties button.
- Click the Change drive letter button.
- Change the drive letter to the None option from the dropdown menu and click OK.
How to Remove a Drive Letter on Windows 11 Using Disk Management
Using the Disk Management tool is an alternative to using Settings to remove a drive letter.
To remove a drive letter with Disk Management:
- Open the Start menu.
- Type disk management and click Create and format hard disk partitions under Best match.
- Right-click the volume you want to remove the letter and select Change Drive Letter and Paths from the menu.
- Select the drive letter and click the Remove button.
- Click OK on the verification message.
How to Use Windows PowerShell to Remove a Drive Letter
A drive letter can be deleted using PowerShell for those who prefer to handle their system using terminal commands.
To remove the drive letter on Windows 11 with PowerShell:
- Press the Windows key to open the Start menu.
- Type PowerShell and click the Run as Administrator option on the right-hand side.
- Type the following command to identify the hard drive. Get-Disk
- Next, enter the following command to identify the partition to remove the drive letter. Get-Disk 1 | Get-Partition
- Enter the following command changing the disk number and partition that holds the drive you got from the Get-Disk command.
Remove-PartitionAccessPath -DiskNumber 1 -PartitionNumber 1 -Accesspath D:
PowerShell will erase the letter from the chosen drive after running the last command, rendering it unreachable.
Managing storage devices on Windows 11
When you need to conceal a drive on your PC or for other purposes, Windows 11’s removal of a drive letter is a helpful function. The procedures for doing this are described above. For better administration, you might also need to alter a drive letter in addition to this. You can refer to Windows 11’s six methods for opening Disk Management for more assistance.
Other tools for managing your drives are also provided by Windows 11, such as the Storage Sense tool, which may be used to free up space by lowering the Recycle Bin’s space requirements. Additionally, Windows 11 offers suggestions for making room on local drives. When Task Manager shows 100% disk use, you may also be dealing with a disk-related issue. To fix the problem in such circumstances, read how to turn off Superfetch on Windows 11.