Drive Letter Missing from Windows Explorer

Widows Explorer has become the most frequently used feature in all editions of Windows operating system. Usually when we access a partition, we open Windows Explorer and find the target partition first. But sometimes we may find the drive letter disappears after reboot . What’s going on?
 
Together with partition label, drive letter helps us to quickly navigate to the target partition. To those who only assign drive letters to their partition, missing drive letter makes them confused. So it is necessary to get the missing drive letters back. We will show you.
 

Fix Drive Letter Missing from Windows Explorer

 
Solution 1. Unhide Drive Letter
 
Maybe some viruses hide the drive letters or you mistakenly set the drive letter hidden. If this is the case, we can do the followings:
 
Go to one of partitions; click “Organize” tab, and choose “Folder and search options” from the drop-down menu.
 
Under the “View” tab, scroll down the sliding handle until you see “Show drive letters”. With checking this option and click “OK”, we can see the missing drive letters in Windows Explorer again.
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Solution 2. Check Disk Management
 
The next solution here is to go to Window Disk Management. You can access it by running “diskmgmt.msc” or by right click My Computer – Manage – Storage – Disk Management. See if drive letter disappears in Disk Management, we can add drive letters one by one. Right click a volume and select “Change Drive Letter and Path…” In the pop-up window, choose Add and then select the desired drive letter. Repeat this process until all partitions have a drive letter.
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You might also be interested in When Can’t Change Drive Letter in Partition Manager, Try This Solution.
 
Solution 3. Employ Partition Wizard
A free yet easy-to-use partition manager can also be the solution to help us get back drive letter missing from Windows Explorer. Here MiniTool Partition Wizard Free which is full-featured and is totally compatible with Windows 7/8/8.1/10 is your best choice. Just download this tool and we will show its performance.
 

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Launch the free partition manager and get the main interface. Then from the disk map area, select the partition that loses drive letter and choose “Change Drive Letter” from the action panel. In the pop-up window, drop down the drive letter list to choose a preferred one before you click OK. Finally, don’t forget to click Apply button on the toolbar.
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Now three ways to fix drive letter missing from Windows Explorer has been explained. If you need to know more information, you can read the original post Several Ways to Get the Missing Drive Letters Back in Windows.
 

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