Manage Mount Points
To create mount points, you run the Windows Disk Manager utility. To get to the utility, right-click My Computer, select Manage, and then click the Disk Management item. In the right-hand pane, you should see a list of all the physical disk drives on your system and a map of which partitions are on which drives. Note that all your drives are shown here, including CD/DVD drives and any removable storage that is currently plugged into the system through a USB or Firewire connection.
To add or change mount points, right-click the partition that you want to change and select Change Drive Letters And Paths. In most cases you will see a drive letter there already. Next, click Add and enter the full path to the empty folder you want to use. Don't change or remove the drive letter of the boot partition (usually the C: drive), but any of the other drives shown in Disk Manager are usually fair game. You can either leave the drive letter assignment or remove it. If you have already used a drive while it had its original drive letter assignment, there may be programs or other parts of the system that have "remembered" that drive letter. You can always add the drive letter back if you have problems down the road.
Note that the folder you use for a mount point must be completely empty. If the folder isn't empty, the OK button on the Change Drive Letters And Paths dialog box won't be enabled. One cause of this is if you have the Show Common Tasks In Folders enabled. (Click Tools and Folder Options in Explorer.) That can create a hidden file named Desktop.ini in the folder that will prevent the folder from being used as a mount point. You can manually delete the file by clicking Tools, Folder Options, and Advanced and then selecting Show Hidden Files And Folders; only then can you use the folder as a mount point.
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