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Windows 7: Hide empty drives in the Computer folder


23 Jan 2009   #1

7 x64 + XP Pro x86
 
 
Hide empty drives in the Computer folder

I originally wanted this disabled, so I unchecked the box and applied the changes so I could see all the drives. I have since realized I would rather NOT see the drives unless they are occupied with a device, but when I recheck the box and apply the settings, the drives are still there. I've tried changing it and changing it back several times but no matter what I do the drives are still showing up in the Computer folder.

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23 Jan 2009   #2

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

Hello AGlobalThreatsK

Have you tried right-clicking the empty drives, to see if there's an option to "Eject" them?
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23 Jan 2009   #3

7 x64 + XP Pro x86
 
 

Yes the option to eject is there. It's a media reader that comes up as 4 drives, all 4 are empty.
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24 Jan 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hi AGlobalThreatsK,

Have you already tried the Safely Remove Hardware option on them from the notification area?
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27 Jan 2009   #5

7 x64 + XP Pro x86
 
 

That removes the drives, but the safely remove hardware icon is still displayed, and as soon as I restart all the empty drives appear again.
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27 Jan 2009   #6

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

I believe the "hide empty drives" options refers to drives that are actually mounted, but their content is empty. So for devices like card readers, you must have plugged in the card , and if it's empty , then it shall be hidden.
Otherwise, the available devices to mount are shown... Just a thought.
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27 Jan 2009   #7

7 x64 + XP Pro x86
 
 

Thats what I thought it was for also. The card readers are empty but are showing up in My Computer even though I have the option set to "Hide empty drives in My Computer".
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19 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 

same problem here, has anyone found a solution yet?
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28 Oct 2009   #9
bug

 
 

I had the same problem. Even when "Hide empty drives" was checked, they'd still show up. I figured out the reason:

As I was tweaking Windows 7, I disabled the "Shell Hardware Detection" service. However, by doing so, Windows no longer automatically checks to see if the drives are being used or not and therefore it doesn't hide the drives. By restarting the service, they will become hidden once again.

Cheers!
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28 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

That can't be the problem in my case, that service is enabled and running...
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