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Windows 7: Whence Removable Disks?


23 Jun 2012   #1

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Whence Removable Disks?

When I navigate to Start > Computer an explorer window pops up showing two icons of my factory partioned HDD (C - main & D - Factory Image). Below these is a section titled 'Devices with removable storage'. Here my DVD RW drive (E) is displayed. Also displayed are 4 more icons labled Removable Disk (G, H, I and K - where's F?) As far as I know these are phantoms of some sort as I have no other devices connected, e.g. external drives, flash, sim cards, etc.) What are these and can they be removed? They cause me confusion.

thnx.


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23 Jun 2012   #2

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Go to Organize->Folder and Search Options and in the dialogue check the box shown.

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They are probably things like card readers.


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23 Jun 2012   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
... They are probably things like card readers.
thnx, but as I said, I have no other devices connected. (oh, and there's no 'J' either - the plot thickens...)
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23 Jun 2012   #4

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F & J may have been in use when these were created. Windows tends to try and keep the same letters for removables when it can. Do you have a printer with a card reader attached?

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23 Jun 2012   #5
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Those are just placeholders for your ports. I would not worry about it nor about the alloation of the letters which can be pretty random.
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23 Jun 2012   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
F & J may have been in use when these were created. Windows tends to try and keep the same letters for removables when it can.
I now recall F or J always assigned to two ext hdd whenever I plug them in.
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Do you have a printer with a card reader attached?
No.
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yes :


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23 Jun 2012   #7

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I see what you mean. I wonder if that rather nice theme you are using is somehow showing where USB devices have previously been plugged in.
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23 Jun 2012   #8

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Drive letter allocation can get mixed up by the order drives have previously been connected
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23 Jun 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Go to Organize->Folder and Search Options and in the dialogue check the box shown.
they already were checked! - the plot thickens ....
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23 Jun 2012   #10

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Do they also show up is disk management?
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