After update, External hard drive shows up as a network drive


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    After update, External hard drive shows up as a network drive


    MS did it again. I made no changes whatsoever to anything and now this. External 1TB HDD shows up as a network drive under "Network locations".



    External hard drive shows up as a network drive

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    I see the 4 internal SSDs but not the external HDD.
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    After update, External hard drive shows up as a network drive-win-10-version.png

    And which update or upgrade? (See the article for that in the News section - any known issues?)

    Have you tried uninstalling it?

    Please post a screenshot showing the drive in question.
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  3. sygnus21's Avatar
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    What "external drive"? Name, make, model? How is it connected to the PC - USB, Wi-Fi, Cat cable?

    What is Disk Management showing? Post images.
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    Windows 10, latest update as I indicated it just got updated.

    Disk Management is not showing the disk

    After update, External hard drive shows up as a network drive-image.png

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    The disks are external Silicon Power 2TB/4TB connected via USB. The other 2 are 1TB internal 2.5" I am using a caddy for also connected via USB.

    It used to work recently and then it just stopped for all disks. When I insert a USB drive, I get an entry pop up under "Network locations", which isn't the right disk.

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    This PC shows up as: The bottom entry is what pops-up when I install the USB drive.
    when I unplug the USB external HDD, the entry under "Network locations" disappears.
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    Last edited by dictum; 27 Oct 2020 at 10:19.
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  5. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Disk 3 (1TB drive) is missing drive letter. In order for a drive to be used and seen in Windows, it must have a drive letter. assign a drive letter to the drive - Change and Assign Drive Letter in Windows 10.

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    that worked.
    I don't know why it lost the drive letter. I can see the drives now.
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    sygnus21 said:
    assign a drive letter to the drive - Change and Assign Drive Letter in Windows 10.

    Report back
    dictum said:
    that worked.
    I don't know why it lost the drive letter. I can see the drives now.
    You're welcome.

    Windows "sometimes" has a tendency to drop drive letters on external drives. Don't have the why answer.

    Peace
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  8. Bree's Avatar
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    dictum said:
    I don't know why it lost the drive letter. I can see the drives now.
    sygnus21 said:
    Windows "sometimes" has a tendency to drop drive letters on external drives. Don't have the why answer.
    I've built a few systems that behaved like that. For no obvious reason they had their Automount disabled. Enabling it fixed it for any USB external drive when reconnected.

    Enable or Disable Automount of New Disks and Drives in Windows
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