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Quickly access your hard drives from the taskbar

The task bar has the function of facilitating access to the applications that we have set in this element. But, even if we try to fix a document, folder or anything other than applications, we will not be able to do it, at least from the outset. There is a fairly easy alternative with which we can anchor a disk drive in this taskbar.

Even on the Windows 10 operating system, we have a simple solution to this “problem.” For many this can be useful, since they will be able to access the unit more easily. They can even create multiple shortcuts and pin them to the various drives they use the most.

How to pin a storage drive to the taskbar

The first thing we need to do is enter “This computer” which is where the storage unit will be located. To do this we go to Windows Explorer and enter the location of the disk drive. Once we are inside we will right click on the unit> Create shortcut.

We will have created a shortcut on the desktop to which we will have to modify its properties and make the system believe that it is an application. To do this we will right click> Properties 

Once inside the properties we go to the “Destination” section where we will have to add the label “explorer” leaving a space between the word explorer and the drive letter. It would be something like this:

Once we have entered it, if we have done it correctly, we will notice that the icon has been changed to that of Windows Explorer. Thanks to this, the taskbar will detect it as the explorer and will allow us to anchor said shortcut. But first we will change the icon, to that of a hard disk, or storage disk. With this we will avoid confusion in the future and safeguard the aesthetics.

For this we will right click on the shortcut> properties. When it has been opened, we go to «Change icon …»

Once here we go to the bar where the path is located and we change it to “C: Windowssystem32imageres.dll”. As we can see the icons that appear now, some are related to storage, so we will choose one and click on “Accept”, apply and accept again.

Now we just have to right-click again, and click “Pin to taskbar ” or alternatively we can drag said shortcut to the taskbar.

And finally we can see how it has been pinned to the taskbar, and that we can access said storage unit without problems.

Possible problems that may appear

If you ever try to access from that drive and can’t, or when you try to mysteriously access a different drive, the reason may be that you’ve pinned a removable drive. That is, if we have anchored a USB, it may be that the letter of that drive has changed, and the path does not correspond.

If so, we recommend inserting the drives in the same order from which the shortcut was created, or failing that, change the letter and assign one manually, recreating the whole process again.

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