File Explorer shows too many drives


  1. Posts : 73
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    File Explorer shows too many drives


    I have 2 HDDs split into 2 drives each: C,D,E,F.. I also have one DVD drive. Also one Card Reader hooked to USB. So what the file explorer shows is C, D, E, F, DVD, Removable disk, I, J, K, and L. How do I get rid of these extra drives? They do not exist.
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  2. Posts : 6,919
    windows 10
       #2

    If the usb reader has multi inputs they sometimes show a drive letter for each type of card
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  3. Posts : 17,831
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    Dakota37 said:
    I have 2 HDDs split into 2 drives each: C,D,E,F.. I also have one DVD drive. Also one Card Reader hooked to USB. So what the file explorer shows is C, D, E, F, DVD, Removable disk, I, J, K, and L. How do I get rid of these extra drives? They do not exist.
    Does your PC have any "Smart Media" slots?

    File Explorer shows too many drives-000050.png

    That's probably what I, J, K and L are.

    If you do not use them, you can remove the drive letters in Disk Management.
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    Edwin said:
    Does your PC have any "Smart Media" slots?

    File Explorer shows too many drives-000050.png

    That's probably what I, J, K and L are.

    If you do not use them, you can remove the drive letters in Disk Management.
    Yep, that's exactly what they are. Might work to hide empty drives. Most folks I deal with use only the SD/SDHC slot.
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  5. Posts : 73
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks, that is what I have.
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    Dakota37 said:
    Thanks, that is what I have.
    @Berton's solution is probably best.
    Open File Explorer Options from Control Panel, in the View Tab,
    check mark Don't show hidden files, folders or drives and Hide empty drives, click Apply and OK.

    File Explorer shows too many drives-000051.png
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  7. Posts : 73
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    Thread Starter
       #7

    Okay, did that and it still shows all of those drives.
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  8. Posts : 10,257
    Wndows 10 Pro x64 release preview channel
       #8

    As Edwin said.

    Go into Disk Management and remove the drive letters from the drives you don't use.

    It worked for a usb card reader that is in my printer.
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