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Generally you can easily change directory to D drive with CMD CD command in Windows 10. However, some people are encountering the problem: can’t navigate to D:\ by using CD command in Command Prompt. What the problem and how to fix it? This post gives some analysis and solutions. (Related: how to change directory in CMD)
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Fix Can’t Navigate to D Drive with CD Command in CMD
Q1: I can’t get to the D drive when I type cd D:\ or even if I type cd D:\folder name. Then I type the command like this: chdir D: or cd d:, it still says I’m in the C:\. I think I’m missing something simple. How to fix this?
Solution 1: Typing cd D:\folder name can allow you to access the specific folder under the current directory D drive. But if your current working drive and directory is C: drive, then this command can’t work. The simple solution to navigate to D drive is to type D: command in Command Prompt without CD command. Remember not to use the “\” after the drive.
Solution 2: You can also use this command: cd /d d:. This command will change directory to whatever the current directory on D drive is, and also change the current drive to D drive.
Q2: How do I navigate to D drive in Command Prompt?
A: In Windows Command Prompt, if you want to access another drive, you can just type the drive letter followed by “:”. For example, if you want to change the drive from C: to D:, you can type d: and press Enter key to access D drive. If you want to change the drive and the directory/folder path simultaneously, you can use the /d switch and type cd /d drive and folder path, e.g. cd /d D:\PS.
Q3: Command Prompt won’t change directory to another drive? I’m trying to change directory to a folder named Java in Command Prompt, but it doesn’t change the directory with either of these two command lines below, what am I missing?
- C:\...\Admin> cd D:\Docs\Java
- C:\...\Admin> cd "D:\Docs\Java"
A: You can only use CD command to move between directories within the same drive. If you want to access to a directory on another drive, you should add /d switch. The command line above should be cd /d d:\Docs\Java. If you type this command and hit Enter, it will change to the correct directory now.
Alternatively, you can also type the drive like d: in Command Prompt to switch to the target drive, and then use cd command like cd Docs\Java to direct you to the directory you want.
If you want to know more about how to use CD command, you can type this command line in CMD: C:\Documents and Settings\kenny>help cd.
Q4: How to go back to previous directory in Command Prompt?
A: In Linux, to navigate to the previous directory, you can type “cd -“. But in Windows, you can use the pushd and popd commands like the picture below.
Other tips for quickly changing directory in CMD.
- To navigate up one directory level, you can type “cd ..”.
- To go back to root directory, you can use “cd /”.
- To navigate to your home directory, you can type “cd” or “cd ~”.
This post helps you fix the “can’t navigate to D drive cd command” issue, and gives answers for how to navigate to previous directory, root directory, up one directory level with CMD.