This post describes steps one can take to mount a drive in a folder rather than a drive letter in Windows 11.
Windows lets you mount internal or external drive in an empty folder. This makes the drive appear as just another folder.
The contents of the drive will still physically be located on the drive. You will be able to access the drive’s content via the mounted folder path. Whatever you save in the folder, will actually be saved on the drive.
You can mount drives only in empty folders on basic or dynamic NTFS volumes. If a folder contains content, you won’t be able to mount it as a drive in Windows.
Below is how to mount a drive as folder rather than a letter.
How to mount a drive as folder rather than letter in Windows 11
As described above, users can mount an external or internal drive as a folder rather than a letter in Windows. This makes the drive appear as just another folder, and can be accessed via a folder path.
When you insert a drive, Windows automatically assigns letter to it. An example below:
This drive can also be mounted in a folder. To do that, create an empty folder.
Next, go to Windows Settings app.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.
To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.
Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. On Windows Settings app, click the System on the left, then select the Storage tile on the right pane as highlighted in the image below.
On the System > Storage settings pane, select the Advanced storage settings tile to expand.
Next, select Disk & volumes tile as highlighted below.
On System => Storage => Disk & volumes settings pane, select the drive you want to be able to mount in a folder. Then click the Properties button for the drive.
On the Properties window, under Paths, click the add button.
Type folder path or click the Browse button to locate the folder.
The empty folder should now be accessible via the path. Anything you save in the folder is actually being saved to the drive.
Alternatively, one can use Disk Management in Windows to perform the save actions above.
- In Disk Manager, right-click the partition or volume that has the folder in which you want to mount the drive.
- Click Change Drive Letter and Paths and then click Add.
- Click Mount in the following empty NTFS folder.
- Type the path to an empty folder on an NTFS volume or click Browse to locate it.
From Windows Terminal with Command Prompt, do this:
- Open a command prompt and type diskpart.
- At the DISKPART prompt, type list volume, making note of the volume number you want to assign the path to.
- At the DISKPART prompt, type select volume <volumenumber>, specifying the volume number that you want to assign the path to.
- At the DISKPART prompt, type assign [mount=<path>].
The drive now is mounted in a folder.
That should do it!
This post showed you how to mount a drive in an empty folder in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to share, please sue the comment form below.