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How to Permanently Mount an External Drive as a Folder on Windows 10

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# "Create an empty folder. You need to create a new empty folder and store it on an NTFS or ReFS drive."

# "In the search box on the taskbar, enter Computer Management..."

# "...and select Disk Management."

On my system I see Connecting to Virtual Disk Service... for 10's of seconds:

# Plug in the external drive

# Right-click on the drive and select Change Drive Letter and Paths...

# Click Add

# Click Browse..., click the empty folder (Tools), and click OK OK again.

# Browse to the directory and create Test Folder

Testing Samsung Portable SSD T5 Eject and Reinsert

# Close the explorer window to the folder, right-click on the Eject icon, and click on Eject Portable SSD T5 (the name of your drive may be different).

I saw:

If I was browsing the drive I saw the following:

When I tried to click on the folder where the disk was mounted, I saw:

...plugging the external drive back in made it available.

If the drive was plugged in and I slept the computer, then I unplugged the drive, I caused the same "unavailable error."

If I was exploring the drive and then disconnected it, I saw the "unavailable error."

If the drive was disconnected, I slept the computer, reconnected it while the computer was asleep, and then woke the computer up, the drive was available.


Mount a drive as a folder with Disk Management

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