dRIVE lettersw E-K not avaiable in new Windows install


  1. Posts : 1,761
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    dRIVE lettersw E-K not avaiable in new Windows install


    I solved the problem of "missing drive letters" by going to the Disk Management panel within Administrative Services, Computer services. Here is what happened and how I solved this problem.

    I'm just now setting up my new Win 10 install, and I usually have partitions C-F on my NVMe drive, I used Partition Wizard to resize C and then create 3 more partitions. No problem assigning D but the the next available drive letter was L. Huh?

    Finally I used the Control Panel and then I discovered that drives E-K had been assigned to different slots in a memory card reader. Once I freed up letters E and F I could easily assign them to my newly created partitions.

    Weird thing is that these empty memory card slots, "drives", did not show up in Explorer. In my last Windows install, they did show up

    Win 10 Pro 64 2H22.
    Last edited by x509; 14 May 2023 at 23:21.
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  2. Posts : 763
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    You should have been able to allocate the drive letters but would get the warning they would only be available after a reboot. Do you have the system set to not show empty drives? That would explain them not showing for the card reader.
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  3. Posts : 1,761
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hearsepilot said:
    You should have been able to allocate the drive letters but would get the warning they would only be available after a reboot. Do you have the system set to not show empty drives? That would explain them not showing for the card reader.
    There are small SSDs in my system that are empty and those drives show up.

    Not to sound noobish, but how/where do I set up the system to not show empty drives. If I have overlooked something very obvious, then I have to self-exile in noobieland for a few days.
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  4. Posts : 763
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    Check the tutorials for that solution...


    Later that night...

    ... Explorer ~ View ~ Folder Options ~ Hide Empty Drives
    Last edited by Hearsepilot; 15 May 2023 at 21:23.
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