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How to Mount a Hard Drive as a Folder on Your Windows PC

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Getting a new drive is always exiting, but having 6 or 7 drives show up in My Computer isnt always ideal. Using this trick you can make your drives appear as folders on a another drive. Logically it will look like its one drive but any files in that folder will physically be on another drive.

Note: This will only work with NTFS formatted drives.

Press the Windows Key and R to bring up a run box, type diskmgmt.msc and press enter.

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Note: Depending on if the drive has been initialized or not you may or may not have a volume created, so we are going to assume you do have a volume. If you have any data on that drive NOW would be a good time to back it up.

When the disk management console loads we are first going to have to delete all the volumes on the disk, so right click on the volumes and select delete volume from the context menu. This should be done for all the volumes on the drive.

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You will now be prompted if you are sure if you want to go through with your actions select yes to continue.

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Now right click on the drive and select new simple volume from the context menu.

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This will kick off the wizard we all know and love, to create a new volume. Click next to continue.

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Keep the default size to use the whole drive.

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This is where we will choose to make the drive a folder by choosing the unselected radio button that reads Mount in the following NTFS folder. Now hit the browse button and select a empty folder on an NTFS drive where you can use as a mount point for the drive.

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You can just accept the default on this screen and click next.

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Now you can go ahead and click on the finish on the last screen.

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Now your drive will appear as a normal folder on the drive you selected except the files will be on a separate physical disk.

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Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 11/18/11

Comments (12)

  1. justmenan

    I wish this was possible for removable US drives. Having them as folders would be great.

  2. justmenan

    I meant USB. DUH

  3. David

    have you try it with usb? also you can just create short cut of the drive and it will have the same function of a folder

  4. rbailin

    You *don’t* have to delete a volume (partition) before mounting it on a directory if it’s already NTFS!

    Just right-click on the volume and choose “Change Drive Letter and Paths”. Click on the Remove button to delete the current drive letter for that volume. You may have to reboot the system if the drive letter was in use by some other program.

    You can then return to Disk Management, select the volume and return to “Change Drive Letter and Paths”. Select the button to mount the volume on an empty directory (instead of assigning a drive letter). Select an empty directory, hit OK and you’re done.

  5. kevalin

    Wait… Windows 7, at least, is capable of displaying ALL of your drives’ shortcuts in every open folder’s side bar. When there’s more than one drive available, you can click the little button that expands “Computer” and all of your available drives will become accessible, just as any other folder will. If you don’t want to look at a long list of drives, then all you have to do is click on the button next to “computer” again, and it will hide them.

    I’m pretty sure this happens automatically upon installing a second drive… but then again, the first thing I do when I reload an OS is go to the Start Menu viewing options and set the “My Computer” to display as a menu. Maybe that makes the difference.

    But them again, I find that having RocketDock on my desktop makes it even easier to access whichever drives I want, including USB drives (so long as I’ve assigned them a permanent drive letter) — and it looks cool, too.

  6. Karina Kaminski

    Does doing this make the drive indexable like a regular folder or are we still stuck with non-indexability?

  7. Oddmoore

    This is all very good information BUT… I have to point out… it’s a bit reckless. No where does it tell our readers to “Wear A Condom” BEFORE you mount a hard drive. Suit up people… party hats required. ;-)

  8. Jack B Nimble

    “Getting a new drive is always exiting”

    Thanks for the laugh! Have you thought about doing stand-up comedy?

  9. Taylor Gibb

    @Jack B Nimble Its exiting for me anyway :) especially if its an SSD :D

  10. Jack B Nimble

    Taylor, I’m getting older & the latest tech doesn’t interest me as much as it use to. I just found that line funny in more ways than one.

    First that you find it exiting, also, in the “about the author” area, it says you spend a lot of time reading Microsoft books. I’m sure not a geek, but I do enjoy computers & know Microsoft does provide a spell checker. Exiting means to exit a room/to leave. What you were looking for was spelled exciting. Simple mistake, I make a lot of them. :-)

    I hope my post is taken in good fun as it was meant, typically, I don’t make posts like this since it can be seen as being rude.

    Good article, keep up the good work! I enjoy many of the articles each day.

    Best

  11. Taylor Gibb

    @Jack B Nimble Hahahahaha and do you know i wasnt even aware that i had made the same mistake twice, we use Windows Live Writer to Publish blog posts so yes it does include a spell check but since i miss spelt it with a legitimate word it never picked it up. Ill have to correct that. :)

  12. Milo

    The question is.. Can I use it to replace my home folder? As I could in Linux? This is one thing I am really missing from Windows and I would be much more apt to use the home folder if I could only replace it.

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