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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       #11

    Hello madmax, :)

    To hide empty removable drives, see if the tutorial below may work best instead.

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...er-folder.html
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  2. Posts : 19
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       #12

    Well... unfortunately, it didn't work for me
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  3. Posts : 1
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       #13

    You can turn those unused drives off by disabling them in Windows Device Manager. Click Computer Management -> Device Manager. Then under Disk drives, right click on the drives you no longer wish to see in Explorer and select "Disable". The will remove them from the Explorer window. You can always go back and re-enable them later.

    Here I have 4 USB drive slots for various card readers provided by HP that I never use so I disabled them.

    hide empty drives-usb-drives.jpghide empty drives-usb-drives-disabled.jpg
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  4. madmax2's Avatar
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       #14

    Brink said:
    Hello madmax, :)

    To hide empty removable drives, see if the tutorial below may work best instead.

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...er-folder.html
    That is where I got your reg file from.
    I used option 2, which the same thing as doing as option 3.

    It didn't hide my removable drives.
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  5. madmax2's Avatar
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    Windows 10
       #15

    Scott10 said:
    You can turn those unused drives off by disabling them in Windows Device Manager. Click Computer Management -> Device Manager. Then under Disk drives, right click on the drives you no longer wish to see in Explorer and select "Disable". The will remove them from the Explorer window. You can always go back and re-enable them later.

    Here I have 4 USB drive slots for various card readers provided by HP that I never use so I disabled them.
    Attachment 92958Attachment 92957
    Thanks,

    until Brink responds to this thread with any other alternative solutions,
    this might be the best or only option..
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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       #16

    madmax,

    I'm not sure why they're not being hidden for you.

    If you like, you could also use the tutorial below to remove them from the navigation pane if duplicated other than under "This PC".

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html
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  7. Posts : 19
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       #17

    No idea why this happens... and for me it's only on my main desktop, my laptop was also upgraded to Win 10 and shows no problems, and a new desktop with Win 10 by default I got for my folks has no issues either.

    Guess I'll learn to live with it. thanks!
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  8. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #18

    Me too


    myuption said:
    No idea why this happens... and for me it's only on my main desktop, my laptop was also upgraded to Win 10 and shows no problems, and a new desktop with Win 10 by default I got for my folks has no issues either.
    Guess I'll learn to live with it. thanks!
    Did you find any solution ? I have the same problem. Neither Folder setting nor changing the registry settings hides the drives with no media.
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  9. Posts : 19
    Windows 10
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       #19

    pkss said:
    Did you find any solution ? I have the same problem. Neither Folder setting nor changing the registry settings hides the drives with no media.
    No... it's the same, only thing left is to try to reinstall Windows 10 and see if it helps, I rebooted another PC a couple weeks ago and it shows no issues like this.
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  10. Faslane's Avatar
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    Windows 10 64-bit Pro
       #20

    hide memory card drives that aren't being used but will show if card i


    madmax2 said:
    I used your reg file
    but it does not hide empty drives from card readers
    My usb hub has card reader slots which does not currently have any cards or drives in it
    how to hide these drives?
    Attachment 92891

    In Win 7 or 10 open the "folder options" (Win 7) or "file Explorer options" (Win 10) and go to the view tab and check under "Hidden folders and files" the option to "don't show hidden files, folders or drives" and it'll get rid of the ghost preview too...this will also hide folders and files too that you've applied this too but is the only way I know of to also hide the memory card reader drives (I have a 7-card reader) and seeing the icons even "hidden" only ghosted them to about 50% opacity. This option will hide them entirely....i this what you meant?

    see pic on when to check.....hide empty drives-hiddendrives.png


    without that ticked I see this and it drives me nuts....

    hide empty drives-nonhidden.png

    After hidden the way I said to this is what I see....yay!!!


    hide empty drives-afterhiding.png
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