Windows 10: Why does a single SDHC card show up as 4 separate drives? Solved

  1.    01 Jul 2016 #1

    Why does a single SDHC card show up as 4 separate drives?


    First off, I like to have "view hidden folders and drives" checked when using Windows 10 --just a preference. And certainly when I uncheck that, this problem goes away, but the question still stands: Why, when I insert a 32Gb SDHC card, formatted as FAT32, does it show up in File Explorer as four (4) separate drives? One is labeled, usable, and has the expected capacity. The other three are of unknown format and zero space. A minor bug, no?
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  2.    01 Jul 2016 #2

    Oh, sorry, dumb question. I was using a Kingston card reader to read my SDHC card. The reader has four slots for various sizes of memory cards. The extra three hidden drives represent the empty three slots. So if there is any bug, it's in my brain.
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  3.    01 Jul 2016 #3

    The simple answer is partitions. The more complex answer has to deal with how the SDHC card was originally used and formatted. I have a little 16 GB card that I use for my Pi and it has been formatted into several partitions.
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  4.    01 Jul 2016 #4

    OK, I see that you figured it out. Good job.
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