How to mount any folder as a drive in Windows 8 and 10

You will be having lots of folders on your Windows PC, even if you are a casual user and this makes it very difficult to find the required files at times. Even Windows Explorer doesn’t makes it easy to locate the files. If you can mount the folder as the drive on your PC then it would be great, which you access frequently so that they will appear in the My Computer list as drives so that they can be accessed easily with just a click away.

For this you need to download Visual Subst application, which let you to create your favorite folders as virtual drives.

How to mount any folder as a drive in Windows 8 and 10

  • Download Visual Subst from here, which is just 78 kb in size and doesn’t require any installation.
  • Extract the zipped file and then double click on the Vsubst file and run it.
  • In the following window, click on the Dropdown and choose the letter which you want to assign for the folder to make it as a drive.
  • After selecting the letter, click on the magnifying glass icon to locate the desired folder which you want to mount as a drive.
    vsubst-mounted-drive
  • If you want this folder to be accessible from the start, then check the box next to Apply virtual drives on Windows Startup.
  • Finally click on icon in green color and this creates the new virtual drive for your folder.

That’s it, you can see the new virtual drive in your Window Explorer when you open Computer.

How to create virtual drive manually

In the above method you need to use the third party tool, if you don’t want to use it. Then here is the way to create the virtual drive without the help of third party application.

  • Open Windows Explorer on your PC and paste the below path in the location bar to navigate to startup folder.
    C:UsersusernameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup
  • In the above path replace username with your username, used to login to your PC.
  • Right click and from the option select New > Shortcut.
  • Enter the following command for location of the item
    subst X: "path/to/your/folder"

    In the above replace X with the drive which you want to use and path to the folder which you want to mount.

  • Now click on next and name this shortcut.

Finally click on finish and now you can see the new shortcut in the startup folder. Double click on it and it will mount as a virtual drive.

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  • FLskydiver

    Shortcut method doesn’t work for me (Windows 10) and while the software works, I can’t figure out how to give every virtual drive its own descriptive name, unless I erase the name of the root drive. And solutions figured out?