Some Programs That Rely On Drive Letters


The UC system recently released its 2019 payroll report, displaying the earnings of its employees, including the top earners at UC Berkeley. Notably, most of these breadwinners do not work in academics or administration, but in athletics. The six highest-compensated employees work within football or basketball, with football head coach, Justin Wilcox, raking in almost $2.5 million — nearly 4.5 times what Chancellor Carol Christ made that year.

Do a RIGHT click on the external drive and choose “Change Drive Letter and Paths” 7. Now click the Change button: 8. Click the drop-down menu and choose the letter you want to use, and click OK: You might get an alert that pops up saying that some programs may not work properly if you change the drive letter for this drive. Can you recall an email in office 365. A warning however – you should probably never change the drive letter for your primary hard drive (usually it’s C) or any of the partitions on the drive. Some programs might rely on that “path” to work properly and you could mess things up if you change the letter.

Funding in 2020 is especially hard to come by: COVID-19 may cost the university up to $340 million. And while some of the UC system’s highest salaried individuals have taken voluntary pay cuts — Christ took a 10% cut — athletics’ highest earners have largely remained silent. While Wilcox and other football coaches took temporary salary cuts (of unspecified amounts), their incomes are representative of a larger issue surrounding the university’s priorities — these coaches shouldn’t have pocketed that much in the first place.

The allocation of resources is a perpetually hot-button issue — graduate student instructors protesting across the UC system for a cost-of-living adjustment is just one example. COVID-19 has exacerbated this drought of funding. Yet through this pandemic, money has been secured for football and basketball, despite UC Berkeley’s long-standing inability to assign adequate funding for basic needs programs. The school should not rely on students to raise resources for these services through student fees, campus fees and student-run mutual aid funds. Morally, it must prioritize the well-being of students over securing the future of athletic programs.

Within UC Berkeley’s $3 billion budget, 34% comes from tuition, 19% from the state and the rest mostly from grants and contracts. Sports, primarily football, are viewed as pivotal revenue generators, but Pac-12 schools earn only $32 million to $33 million annually. Recently, Cal Athletics has even reaped a net loss of $9 million annually, as a result of construction on Memorial Stadium and a training center.

None of this is to say that athletics are unimportant to campus culture or should be abolished; these programs represent an invaluable path to higher education and opportunity for their students. However, the strains of the pandemic further complicate funding, especially during a season when teams will not even take the field. Athletics should not beat out essential programs — such as the PATH to Care Center, mental health resources or financial aid — that support the general student population.


This payroll report reveals UC Berkeley’s irresponsible priorities — athletics over fair pay, athletics over basic needs, athletics over all other programs. It is time for campus administrators to put their money where their mouth is. If our campus truly cares for its students, a reevaluation of monetary priorities is crucial, not only during this pandemic, but for the campus’s future.

Editorials represent the majority opinion of the editorial board as written by the fall 2020 opinion editor, Katherine Shok.

It’s possible to change the letter assigned to a storage device. The question remains: Why would you want to? Don’t change a drive letter “just because,” though! Randomly reassigning drive letters can lead to unimaginable woe, especially if a program is installed on a drive and you change the drive’s letter. End of warning. Here’s how to assign a storage device a new drive letter:

  1. Ensure that you’re not using the drive.

    Make sure no files are open on that drive and no programs are being run from the drive; not even folder windows from the drive are open.

  2. Open the Control Panel.

  3. Open the Administrative Tools window.

    • In Windows 7, choose System and Security and then choose Administrative Tools.

    • In Windows Vista, choose System and Maintenance and then choose Administrative Tools.

    • In Windows XP, open the Administrative Tools icon.

  4. In the Administrative Tools window, open the Computer Management icon.

    In Windows Vista, click Continue or type the administrator’s password.

    The Computer Management window appears.

  5. On the left side of the window, choose Disk Management.

    It’s beneath the Storage heading.

  6. Right-click the storage media you want to modify.

    The storage media are listed by drive letter in the upper center part of the window.

  7. Choose the command Change Drive Letter or Paths from the shortcut menu.

    A Change Drive Letter or Paths dialog box appears. It sports the icon and letter for the drive you selected and lists any associated drive letters and pathnames.

  8. Click the Change button.

    The Add Drive Letter or Path dialog box appears.

    A warning dialog box appears if you attempt to change the system drive, such as drive C, or the drive where Windows is installed. Click OK and then Cancel, and then choose another drive.

  9. Choose a new drive letter from the drop-down list.

    Only drive letters not currently used by other devices or network drives are available. Because of the limitations of the Latin alphabet, only 26 drive letters are available.

  10. Click OK.

    An important warning appears. Some programs rely on consistent drive letters. For example, older software may always insist that the optical drive have the same letter now as it did when the program was installed. Changing the drive letter means that the program cannot find itself and will then refuse to run.

  11. If you want to proceed, click Yes to confirm that you read the warning.

    The drive is instantly assigned a new letter. Further, a new window opens, displaying the drive’s contents.

  12. Close any windows that remain opened.

To reset the drive letter, just repeat these steps. You can assign and reassign drive letters all the do-dah day.

Some Programs That Rely On Drive Letters Crossword Clue

See Video 622 for an onscreen demonstration of changing a drive letter.

How To Assign Drive Letter

  • It is not advisable to change the drive letter on an internal drive — including internal hard drives, optical drives, and any memory card readers you might have installed. Doing so may screw up previously installed programs.

  • Be careful when you work with storage media on a technical level! You can easily and irreparably damage the media, losing data stored there. That’s a bad thing, especially for your PC’s main hard drive. Back up your data!

  • The drive used by Windows is known as the system drive. Its drive letter cannot be reassigned while Windows is running, nor is there really any reason to do so.

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