Windows 10: File Explorer shows too many drives

  1.    22 Aug 2016 #1

    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.    22 Aug 2016 #2

    If the usb reader has multi inputs they sometimes show a drive letter for each type of card
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       22 Aug 2016 #3

    Dakota37 said: View Post
    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?

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    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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       22 Aug 2016 #4

    Edwin said: View Post
    Does your PC have any "Smart Media" slots?

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    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.    22 Aug 2016 #5

    Thanks, that is what I have.
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    Windows 10 Professional
       22 Aug 2016 #6

    Dakota37 said: View Post
    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.

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  7.    23 Aug 2016 #7

    Okay, did that and it still shows all of those drives.
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    Wndows 10 x64 Home Build 15063.296
       23 Aug 2016 #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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