You can mount any folder at any location in Windows 10 as a virtual drive, with a drive letter for easy access.
On Windows, users can easily “attach” one or more folders to a virtual drive Windows for faster access when needed. And anything saved to the virtual drive will be dedicated to the location of that directory. The directory “mounted” as the virtual drive will not appear continuously, only present in the current user session by default. If you log out, restart, or shut down the computer, all existing virtual drives will be erased (no longer attached).
This article will show you how to turn any folder into a virtual drive on Windows for faster access when needed if you are interested. Please read the reference.
Mount the folder as a virtual drive
Open Windows PowerShell and enter the “subst” command, then press ENTER to browse through the list of virtual drives currently available on the computer.
Next, enter the following command in Windows PowerShell:
subst: “Full path of folder”
Inside ” “is the drive letter you want to use, and” Full path of folder “is the full path of the folder you want to mount as the virtual drive. For example,” Z “will be the drive letter of your choice. The directory path you want to mount as a virtual drive is “D: Photos”, then we will have the following specific command, do not forget to press the ENTER key to execute.
subst Z: “D: Photos.”
After running the command, the directory you mount will appear in the drive list with the name of the character you set.
Delete the mounted virtual drive from the directory
When you want to delete the mounted virtual drive, you need to run the command with the syntax:
subst : / d
Inside ” “is the character name of the mounted virtual drive. For example, here we will delete the virtual drive” X “, the complete command will be:
subst X: / d
And this is the result.
Set Windows to automatically store a mounted directory task as a virtual drive even when logged out, started, or shutdown
As mentioned above, mounting a folder as a virtual drive is only available at the current session. If you log out, start or shut down, the previous task will disappear. Therefore, if you want Windows to store tasks automatically, even when you log out, start, or shut down, do the following.
Open Notepad and enter this command.
Proceed to replace ” “into the virtual drive letter name that you attached and want to store the operation in. And” Full path of folder “into the full path of the folder you mounted as the virtual drive. This will give you the full command—same picture.
Then, save the file as “.bat”.
Finally, visit the ” C: ProgramData Microsoft Windows Start Menu Programs Startup ” path and paste the file saved above.
Very simple, right?