Can't hide empty dvd drives in windows 10


  1. Posts : 1
    windows10
       #1

    Can't hide empty dvd drives in windows 10


    I am using Windows 10 pro.
    I can't hide empty dvd drives in Explorer even though "Hide Empty Drives" and " Do Not Show Hidden Files" are both checked in File Explorer Options/View.
    Any suggestions?.
    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 34,871
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    It used to be the case some months ago that my DVD drive was hidden. And I recall others needing to be advised they had to put a disk in to make it visible in explorer.

    But as you say, I find it's always visible notwithstanding that setting.
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  3. Posts : 123,261
    Windows 11 Pro (x64) 21H2 Build 22000.675
       #3

    dalchina said:
    It used to be the case some months ago that my DVD drive was hidden. And I recall others needing to be advised they had to put a disk in to make it visible in explorer.

    But as you say, I find it's always visible notwithstanding that setting.
    Same for me dal, except for me its always showed. Which is ok for me.
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  4. Posts : 17,831
    Windows 10
       #4

    oxley0cjy said:
    I am using Windows 10 pro.
    I can't hide empty dvd drives in Explorer even though "Hide Empty Drives" and " Do Not Show Hidden Files" are both checked in File Explorer Options/View.
    Any suggestions?.
    Thanks
    Hi @oxley0cjy, welcome to tenforums.com! :)

    You will need to remove the drive letter in Disk Management, (but then you won't be able to use the drive!),

    or, use "Old/New Explorer" to enable 'classic drive groupings' which gives you the option to collapse the 'Removable Drive' group.
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  5. Posts : 34,871
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #5

    For interest (?)
    Here is the registry change when the setting 'Hide empty drives' changes:
    HKU\S-l-5-21-xxxxxxxxxx-yyyyyyyyy-2756517887-1001\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\HideDrivesWithNoMedia: 0x00000000
    changes to 1
    So the GUI setting is at least reflected in a reg. change.
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