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


This post shows screenshots corresponding to the steps to permanently mount an external drive as a folder on Windows 10.



Steps


# "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

...click 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.



References


Mount a drive as a folder with Disk Management


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