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Windows 7: Removable Storage


15 Apr 2012   #1

windows 7
 
 
Removable Storage

How do I delete Usb devices from my computer ? I have unistalled them from Device Manager. But, when I restart the computer they come back. I have several and get confussed on which is which.

Thanks : )


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15 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Are they physically disconnected when you boot?
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15 Apr 2012   #3

windows 7
 
 

The usb's are not connected to the computer when I restart.
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15 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Where are you seeing the entries for them when they cause confusion? I mean, is it showing the disconnected drives in Windows Explorer, file save dialogs, safely remove hardware dialog?

Oh, and welcome to the forum! Sometimes I don't know where my manners are!
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15 Apr 2012   #5

windows 7
 
 

I click on computer and under Devices with removable storage there are 5 listed. I go into Device Maneger and unistall them. When I restart my computer they come back.
I would like to delete them. I don't use these flash drives anymore.
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15 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Were these little USB flash drives or the larger USB hard drives?

And where in device manager did you uninstall?
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15 Apr 2012   #7

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Are these flash drives or do you've a memory card reader installed? I had similar problem phantom drives appeared but they were for the card reader.
Are those devices empty as viewed from explorer? If answer to both questions is yes, you can go to Tools>Folder options>view and check 'Hide empty drives and folders' or something like that.
If you'd instead like to disable those, go to device manager, right click the devices and select Disable, not uninstall.
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15 Apr 2012   #8

windows 7
 
 

Thank You ! There gone from Devices and removable storage.
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15 Apr 2012   #9

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Glad we could help.
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16 Apr 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

All that does is stop the drives from being visible. They can't be flash drives if they keep coming back, unless they are still connected to the computer.

My guess is, you have a card reader or a printer with a card reader, and those drives are showing up in Explorer. The better solution is to rename them to new letters, to move them "out of the way", so to speak.
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