Make a Drive Appear as a Folder on Another Drive

In Windows, with a drive formatted with NTFS, you can make that drive appear as a folder in another drive. Why would you want to do this? Here is a scenario. You purchase a Micro SD card for your laptop because you want more hard drive space to install more programs and add more data. Your C: drive is almost full. The programs you are planning to install need to be installed on the C: drive. You might be able to trick these programs into thinking that they are on the C: drive when in fact they are installed on your new Micro SD card.

You can use Window’s Disk Management to assign a mount-point folder path (rather than a drive letter) to the drive. Mount-point folder paths are available only on empty folders on basic or dynamic NTFS volumes.

Three Steps

  1. Press the Windows Key and R to bring up a run box, type diskmgmt.msc and press enter.
  2. In Disk Manager, right-click the partition or volume where you want to assign the mount-point folder path, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  3. To assign a mount-point folder path, click Add. Click Mount in the following empty NTFS folder, type the path to an empty folder on an NTFS volume, or click Browse to locate it.

The first step could be the creation of your new folder on your C: drive. Your new drive might be a Micro SD card. You may wish to format it in NTFS if it is not already in NTFS.

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