Restore "Devices with Removable Storage" in This PC in File Explorer


  1. Posts : 31
    W10 N LTSC 2019
       #1

    Restore "Devices with Removable Storage" in This PC in File Explorer


    I was thinking: would it be possible to separate the "Devices and Drives" of W10 back to "Hard Disk Drives" and "Devices with Removable Storage" of W7? Basically what I want to do is split the W10 dropdown so that there's one for HDDs/SSDs and one for (Virtual) Optical Drives/Flash Drives like it was in W7.



    Currently, the only way I found to do this is by installing OldNewExplorer and selecting "classical drive grouping in This PC".
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  2. Posts : 2,803
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2
       #2

    I'm not aware of a way to do this directly via any settings in Windows, but there is a third party utility that can supposedly do this (see the link below). Note that the below link references Windows 8.1 but I'm reading plenty of other posts about this utility that indicate that it works on Win 10 as well.

    I've not tested this personally so if you do decide to try it, post back and let us know if it worked as expected for you.

    How to ungroup and separate removable drives in This PC in Windows 8.1
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  3. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #3

    You might try using Open Shell.

    GitHub - Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu: Reborn of Classic Shell.

    It makes Windows 10 look like Windows 7.
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  4. Posts : 4,409
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #4

    @Bersekz -

    You can also try Winaero Tweaker and look at the Fie Explorer section. Just taking a wild guess.

    https://winaero.com/comment.php?comment.news.1836

    I do think that OldNewExplorer is the one to use (as mentioned above) but it hasn't been updated for W10 and the code is old.

    How to ungroup and separate removable drives in This PC in Windows 8.1

    FWIW.

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  5. Posts : 31
    W10 N LTSC 2019
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I've tryed Open Shell, StartIsBack++ and 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, and I find StartIsBack++ to be the best. I guess I'll install OldNewExplorer as I suggested myself in OP since it's from the same dev. I just wanted to be sure that there was no other way to achieve this result than installing an external software.

    EDIT: It seems to work fine, the only issue is that it requires its own OldNewExplorer64.dll to be always running, and you have to find a place where to put that. Any advice?
    Last edited by Bersekz; 11 Jul 2020 at 08:13.
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  6. Posts : 4,409
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #6

    Bersekz said:
    EDIT: It seems to work fine, the only issue is that it requires its own OldNewExplorer64.dll to be always running, and you have to find a place where to put that. Any advice?
    Where did you install it? Make folder in a directory and have the .exe point to the .dll, I would think.

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  7. Posts : 31
    W10 N LTSC 2019
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Compumind said:
    Where did you install it? Make folder in a directory and have the .exe point to the .dll, I would think.

    Actually you don't need to keep the .exe, the .dll works by itself wherever it is, so I chose to put it inside the Windows folder.
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  8. Posts : 17,832
    Windows 10
       #8

    Just keep the folder on the C Drive so you can hook/unhook the Explorer shell when you need to.

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