How to map a folder to a drive letter on Windows

Overcome the Windows path length limit, fix issues with linked files and avoid long browsing times by mapping a commonly used folder to a drive letter.

Matthäus Niedoba
December 1, 2022
3
min read

Whether you reached the path length limit on Windows by having a deep folder structure or you work in a team using Dropbox and everyone has their Dropbox folder in a different place, you can map the drive letter. This will show up next to all drives and look like an actual hard drive.

Maped folders to drive letters
The drives “P” and “R” are mapped drives. Note that they show the exact same disc space and usage as drive “C”

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Method 1: Windows CMD

When you don’t want to rely on other software and when you are not afraid of writing commands, you can use the Windows command prompt (CMD).

  • Press the Windows Key
  • Type CMD and press Enter
Use the Command Prompt from the Start menu
  • Type “subst” and press space
  • Type your drive letter and a “:” e.g. Z: and press space again
  • Drag the folder into the command prompt which you want to map as a drive
Your prompt should look like this
  • Press Enter
Your drive should appear in the devices and drives section

Remove the drive

You can also remove that drive by typing the following CMD command. “subst” your drive letter “:” “/D” e.g.

Remove the mapped drive

The “/D” deletes the mapped drive. It only removes the mapping and does not touch the folder.

Method 2: Anchorpoint

If you don’t want to mess with the command line, then Anchorpoint is a suitable solution for you. Anchorpoint is a collaborative file browser that is bundled with a lot of productivity utilities.

  • Download Anchorpoint, create an account and launch the application
  • Open “Workspace Settings”
Workspace settings in Anchorpoint
Workspace Settings in Anchorpoint

Under “Actions”, enable “Map Folder as Drive”

Action settings in Anchorpoint. They allow to map folders to drive letters
Actions (plugins) in Anchorpoint

  • Browse to your folder
  • Right click and choose “Map as Drive”
Map as Drive mounts a folder as a drive letter
Pick Map as Drive from the context menu

Pick your drive letter and press “Map”

Your drive should appear in the devices and drives section

Remove the drive

  1. Do a right click anywhere in the browser and choose “Unmap Drive”
  2. Pick your mapped drive and press “Unmap”

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