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How to Mount USB Drives to a Windows Folder

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After a great success of my previous article about setting background images to the USB drives, here comes another USB related tutorial which I am sure many would love to try.

So many times we encounter a situation when data once deleted from a USB drives cannot be recovered back simply because the deleted data does not move into the Recycle Bin instead it is deleted permanently.

But don’t worry I got a solution to this problem. If we can mount our USBs to a windows folder then not only all deleted data can be recovered easily but also it will be lot easy to organize multiple USB drives.

Just follow the simple steps described below:-

1.) Create a folder named “USB DRIVES” in any of windows partition (Desktop is the best option).

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2.) Next create any number of subfolders inside the main folder “USB DRIVES” and give them proper names. Suppose you want to mount two of your USB drives, so it advisable to create two subfolders with the exact name of your USB drives.

3.) Press Win+R to open the Run window or alternatively go to Start->Run.

4.) Type in the location field diskmgmt.msc and hit enter to open Disk Management.

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5.) Select your USB drive, right click on it and select Change Drive Letter and Paths… from the menu.

6.) Click on the Add button, select Mount into the following empty NTFS folder and click on browse. Now navigate to the subfolder that you want to assign the USB drive to and confirm the process.

That’s it you are done.

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From now on, the USB drive will be accessible from the folder “USB DRIVES” as well when it is connected to the computer.

Hope you liked the tutorial. Any feedback is whole heartedly appreciated.

P.S. – When moving data around the mounted USB in folders setup will completely move the data, not copy it to your USB device. Make sure to copy and paste if you want source data to remain on your PC.

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17 Responses to “How to Mount USB Drives to a Windows Folder”

  1. Keith Dsouza says:

    Nice post, this is going to be quite helpful for restoring files deleted by mistake.

  2. Rakshit says:

    @Keith
    Certainly, it is.
    :-)

  3. ArpitNext says:

    Again a useful post !!

    Thanks !

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  4. Louise says:

    Nice tip- I am just starting to find new uses for all of the USB drives I have laying around.

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  5. Leslie says:

    If it could back up deleted USB files, then it worth to try! Thanks.

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  7. Rakshit says:

    @Arpit
    Glad that you liked it.

    @Louise
    There are many still left to explore. I’ll learn as many as possible and will post here one by one. So better Stay Tuned!!!
    :-)

    @Leslie
    You’re welcome. Thanks for coming back to my blog again and posting your comments.

  8. Steve Yu says:

    I never know we can actually do this. Will try it out and see. :D

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  9. Nirmal says:

    Nice tip, especially handy in case of deleted data.

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  10. Rakshit says:

    @Steve Yu
    Do let me know if you face any problem.

    @Nirmal
    Yes, it happens with most of us not able to recover files once deleted. So its very handy in that case.

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  12. moin says:

    great trick can also save mess from my computer as well as deleted files can be easily recovered. nice write :)

  13. dont know says:

    when i delete a file from the usb, where can i find/recover the deleted files then??

  14. koolakul says:

    how to put .gif image in usb flash.

  15. Shashank Todwal says:

    Hi,

    Nice post but I doubt whether this will be a permanent solution.

    I think once you restart your comp then you will have to repeat the above mentioned procedure and remount the USB onto windows folders. Isn’t it?

  16. Paul says:

    thank you so much sir for this great ideas…i really like this site sir I applaud my appreciation onto you sir…^_^

  17. riel says:

    now i know how to lock my files… tanks for help

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