Can't unpin dead link to D:\ from File Explorer - Taskbar & Start Menu


  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
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    Can't unpin dead link to D:\ from File Explorer - Taskbar & Start Menu


    When I right-click on the File Explorer icon either in the Taskbar or at the left edge of the Start menu, the context menu shows that "DATA (D:)" (without the quotation marks), one of my hard drives, is pinned. That's perfectly fine; I want that. But when I click on it, this message pops up:

    The item you selected is unavailable. It might have been moved, renamed, or removed. Do you want to remove it from the list?
    DATA (D:)
    [DELETE] [CANCEL]


    The D:\ drive definitely has not been moved, renamed or removed, and if I open File Explorer and click on D:\ in the navigation pane, it works just fine.

    I figured I'd solve the problem by unpinning D:\ from File Explorer, then repinning it, but it won't unpin (regardless of whether I click on unpin, or click on DELETE in the dialog box). So I just have this dead and unusable pinned link.

    Weirder still: If I pin a second link to D:\ to File Explorer, both links show up in the pin list, and both links work! I can then unpin either one, which leaves one remaining, but that remaining one again (as above) doesn't work and can't be unpinned.

    What I want, of course, is one, pinned, working link to D:\ (or, if that's simply not possible for some reason, I want to get rid of the dead pinned link).

    Hoping maybe there's a Registry key that will unlock this problem.

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts or assistance. I wasn't able to find a previous thread on this. I did see threads re problems with pinning to the Taskbar, but that's not my issue.
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  2. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS Mojave
       #2

    net use d: /delete
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    bro67 said: View Post
    net use d: /delete
    Sorry, I don't understand what you mean.

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    One more strange thing to add ...
    As described above, If I right-click on the File Explorer icon, then click on the pinned DATA (D:) item, I get the error message dialog box. However, if instead of clicking on the D: item, I right-click on it, then click OPEN on the menu that opens, then D: opens just fine.

    Makes no sense: a click on that item should have the same result as a right-click on it followed by a click on OPEN.
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  4. Berton's Avatar
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    Mike T said: View Post
    Makes no sense: a click on that item should have the same result as a right-click on it followed by a click on OPEN.
    That suggests the mouse buttons have been reversed as in changing for a left-handed user instead of the usual right-handed user, could be in Mouse in Start, Settings, or a problem with the mouse itself.
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  5. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
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    Berton said: View Post
    That suggests the mouse buttons have been reversed as in changing for a left-handed user instead of the usual right-handed user, could be in Mouse in Start, Settings, or a problem with the mouse itself.
    Mouse buttons haven't been reversed, and they work fine in all other contexts (including other items on this very same pinned list in File Explorer).

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    Also want to add:

    I've attempted all the methods of unpinning that are listed in this tutorial:
    Pin or Unpin Items on Jump Lists in Windows 10
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  6. Posts : 162
    Windows 10 Home ver 1903
       #6

    Caveat; I am not a computer guru.

    I had a similar thing happen to me. While I was doing some housekeeping of my system, I found that I had a folder pinned under 'Quick Access' that I did not want and could not remove.

    Here's what worked;
    In File Explorer > Right-click the Quick Access star icon, click Options, and click Clear.
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  7. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
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    Jeddie said: View Post
    Caveat; I am not a computer guru.

    I had a similar thing happen to me. While I was doing some housekeeping of my system, I found that I had a folder pinned under 'Quick Access' that I did not want and could not remove.

    Here's what worked;
    In File Explorer > Right-click the Quick Access star icon, click Options, and click Clear.
    Thank you. Unfortunately that doesn't work for me, but it does make me realize that DATA (D:) is also pinned to my Quick Access menu, and cannot be unpinned there either, but at least there it functions properly when clicked on!
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