Windows 10: Disk Management shows HDD but Explorer doesn't Solved


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       01 Jun 2018 #1

    Disk Management shows HDD but Explorer doesn't


    I'm working with a HDD where I want to remove partitions. I can see the disk and partitions in Disk Management but not explorer. I want to see the folders/files before I start deleting partitions.

    This is a removeable disk in a disk bay.

    How can I see this disk in Windows File Explorer?
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       01 Jun 2018 #2

    Usually Disk Management has to assign a drive letter to partitioned drives before File Explorer will see it, I do it with my USB HDDs as they stay attached but let Windows do its thing with USB Thumb drives. I also have a 2-drive Dock for doing various work and let Windows assign a drive while it is in use.
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  3.    01 Jun 2018 #3

    lbeck said: View Post
    I'm working with a HDD where I want to remove partitions. I can see the disk and partitions in Disk Management but not explorer. I want to see the folders/files before I start deleting partitions.

    This is a removeable disk in a disk bay.

    How can I see this disk in Windows File Explorer?
    In disk management, right click on the partition you want to explore and "change drive letter". Then assign it a drive letter.
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       01 Jun 2018 #4

    Yes. I've assigned a drive letter Z to the HDD (disk 1) but WFM still doesn't recognize it.Click image for larger version. 

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       01 Jun 2018 #5

    Here's what I see in WFMClick image for larger version. 

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  6.    01 Jun 2018 #6

    It's because you have a memory card in a network attached printer also assigned to Z:. You have network storage devices assigned to V:, W:, Y:, Z:. Therefore you cannot assign those letters to physical drives.
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       01 Jun 2018 #7

    Yep, Now I see that.

    Thanks
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