When you have multiple hard drives connected to your computer, use this guide to ditch drive letters by mounting hard drives as folders on Windows 10.

As soon as your computer starts running out of space, you typically install a new hard disk, and you're ready to go. However, as times goes by many drives will show up on your computer, which is not the best solution you want to have.

Instead of using RAID or another method to group drives logically, you can also use a feature found in Windows 10 (and in previous versions) that lets you assign a mount-point folder path to a hard drive to appear as a folder on your computer rather than using a drive letter.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to use Disk Management to assign a mount-point folder path to a hard drive connected to your computer.

How to assign a folder path mount-point to a hard drive

  1. Use the Windows key + E keyboard shortcut to open File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to a folder location you want the mount-points to appear and create a folder with a descriptive name. For example, StoragePool.
  3. Double-click the newly created folder and create a folder for each hard drive you want to mount with a descriptive name. For example, HardDrive1 and HardDrive2.

  4. Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu and select Disk Management.
  5. Right-click the new empty drive you want to mount as a folder and select New Simple Volume.

  6. Click Next.
  7. Click Next again.
  8. Select the "Mount in the following empty NTFS folder" option and click Browse.

  9. Select the folder you want to assign the mount-point. For example, C:\StoragePool\HardDrive1.
  10. Click OK.

  11. Click Next.
  12. Leave the default options, make sure to change the drive label with a descriptive name, and check the Perform a quick format.
  13. Click Next.

  14. Click Finish to complete the task.

Perhaps one of the best features of this approach is that it's non-destructive, which means that adding or removing a mount-point path folder won't erase your data. However, this only works with drives formatted with NTFS file system.

How to assign a mount-point folder path to a drive with data

If the drive already contains data, you can use the following steps in Disk Management to remove the drive letter and assign a mount point.

  1. Right-click the drive and select the Change Drive Letter and Paths option.

  2. Click Add.

  3. Select the "Mount in the following empty NTFS folder" option and click Browse.

  4. Select the folder you want to assign the mount-point. For example, C:\StoragePool\HardDrive2.
  5. Click OK.

  6. Click OK again to complete the task.
  7. Right-click the same drive and select Change Drive Letter and Paths again.
  8. Select the old drive letter and click Remove.

  9. Click Yes to confirm the drive letter removal.

Remember that you can use the same steps mentioned above to remove the mount-point folder path and revert to the drive letter.

Setting a mount-point folder path will not only come in handy to reduce the number of drive letters on your computer, but it will also help you to organize your drives better, even in that rare case where you probably connected too many drives, and you begin to run out of letters.

This solution is also ideal when you're sharing a folder on the network, and you're running out of space. Instead of creating a new network share, you can just mount a drive as a folder inside the folder already shared in the network.

It's important to note that each hard disk will continue to work independently, which means that if one drive fails, you won't lose the files on the others. However, we always recommend making a full backup before modifying anything on your computer.

If you're looking to group multiple hard drives with redundancy, you can use our previous guide that will help you to setup Storage Spaces.

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