When you add or connect a new volume (disk or drive), Windows will automatically mount it with an assigned drive letter by default.
Each drive (volume or partition) will have an unique Volume GUID assigned to it by Windows. This ensures Windows can always uniquely identify a volume, even though its drive letter has changed. On systems with a lot of storage you will often run out of drive letters for your partitions and volumes.
Whenever you reconnect a drive to the computer, it will always use the same drive letter it was last assigned or changed to.
If you unmount a drive, Windows removes the volume mount point from the specified directory, dismounts the volume, and makes the volume not mountable. This means the specific drive (volume or partition) will have its drive letter removed and no longer be automatically mounted and assigned a drive letter whenever connected to the computer until you manually mount it again. This can be handy if you no longer want a disk or drive (volume or partition) to be assigned a drive letter when connected until you want to manually mount it.
When you manually mount an unmounted drive, you make the volume mountable again by creating a volume mount point with an assigned drive letter. This will allow Windows to automatically mount the drive with its last used drive letter each time the drive is connected to the computer.
This tutorial will show you how to manually mount and unmount a drive or volume in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
In Windows, you can mount any folder at any location as a virtual drive with a drive letter.
When you mount a folder as virtual drive, you will be able to access the folder from the virtual drive. The contents of the folder will still physically be located in the folder. Anything you save into the virtual drive will actually be saved to the folder’s location.
Virtual drives from mounted folders are not persistent and only available during the current user session by default. If you sign out, restart the computer, or shut down the computer, all current virtual drives will be removed (unmounted).
This tutorial will show you how to mount any folder as a virtual drive with a drive letter in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
You can assign a mount point folder path to a drive to have the drive appear as a normal folder located where you want.
With you mount an internal or external drive to an empty folder, you will be able to access the contents of the drive from the folder path. The contents of the drive will still physically be located on the drive. Anything you save into this folder will actually be saved to the drive.
You can mount a drive with or without a drive letter to an empty folder.
This tutorial will show you how to assign a mount point folder path to a drive to link the folder and drive in Windows 10.
VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) is a file format which represents a virtual hard disk drive (HDD). It may contain what is found on a physical HDD, such as disk partitions and a file system, which in turn can contain files and folders. It is typically used as the hard disk of a virtual machine.
VHDX is a Hyper-V virtual hard disk file format. VHDX has a much larger 64 TB storage capacity than the older VHD format 2TB limit. It also provides data corruption protection during power failures and optimizes structural alignments of dynamic and differencing disks to prevent performance degradation on new, large-sector physical disks.
When you mount a .vhd or .vhdx file, it will be added as a drive in This PC to open it from.
This tutorial will show you how to create an elevated task to auto-mount a VHD or VHDX file at startup for all users in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.