Windows 10: How to make External Hard Drive act as Main Hard Drive in Windows 10?

Discus and support How to make External Hard Drive act as Main Hard Drive in Windows 10? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I have attached an external hard drive to my D: drive. I went to "settings > system > storage > Change where new content is stored" and I set every... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by flutterbug98, May 22, 2020 at 3:47 AM.

  1. How to make External Hard Drive act as Main Hard Drive in Windows 10?


    I have attached an external hard drive to my D: drive. I went to "settings > system > storage > Change where new content is stored" and I set every single setting to my new D: drive except Change where you store your offline maps.

    However, when I downloaded the Discord and Spotify applications, they both installed and saved to my C: drive instead of my external hard drive in the D: drive.

    I was wondering how to change it so that applications, downloads etc. are by default saved on my external drive.

    I am using bootcamp on my Macbook Pro, which is why I barely have any space on my C: drive and would like to save on my external hard drive. I am using Windows 10 Home version 1909.

    Thank you in advance.

    :)
     
    flutterbug98, May 22, 2020 at 3:47 AM
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  2. Marco Gav Win User

    unrecognised external hard drive on Windows 10

    Since you already reinstalled the drivers of the External Hard Drive, let's run the
    Hardware and Devices troubleshooter as it can resolve your concern. You can do that by following these steps:


    • Press the Start button.

    • Type and select Troubleshooting.

    • Click on View all on the left panel.

    • Select and run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter.



    If the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter doesn’t resolve your concern, we suggest that you change the letter of the External Hard Drive. You can do that by following these steps:


    • Press the Start button.

    • Type and select Control panel.

    • Select System and Security.

    • Select Administrative Tools, and a new window will appear.

    • Double-click Computer Management, and a new window will appear.

    • Select Disk Management that is located under
      Storage
      in the left pane.

    • Right click on the External Hard Drive that is not showing on the File Explorer.

    • Select Change letter and network path, and a new window will appear.

    • Select Change, and choose the letter that you want for the External Hard Drive.



    After changing the letter of the External Hard Drive, we suggest that you reboot your laptop for the changes to take effect.



    Let us know how it goes.



    Regards.
     
  3. Remon Ont Win User
    External Hard Drive

    Hi John,

    We suggest that you try the troubleshooting steps below:

    • Open your External Hard Drive file in File Explorer.
    • Type the name of the file you want to search on the search box and click Enter.
    The file will show up in Search Results and you will be able to move it to the correct folder.

    Let us know if you need further help.
     
  4. twynog Win User

    How to make External Hard Drive act as Main Hard Drive in Windows 10?

    External hard drive not recognised

    Thanks for this. I've done what you suggested and been through all the steps mentioned in the article. The hard drive works fine on a Mac computer, and I've managed to copy the information on it. It must be a Surface issue so I'll try to get a chat line tomorrow.
     
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