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Windows 7: New drive (Z:) after installing Epson on PC

13 Apr 2013   #1
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
New drive (Z:) after installing Epson on PC

Today I installed Epson printer XP400 onto my Win7 32bit laptop.

The laptop prints to the XP400 via WiFi.
When the printer is OFF WinExp has a "Z:MEMORYCARD (\\EPSONB9E26F)" drive.

WinExp setting Hide empty drives in the Computer folder is enabled

Q1: Can this drive be hidden when the printer is OFF ?

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EDIT 13-Mar-2015
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As it transpired the Z drive was created when installing the new printer onto my PC
- after that the Z drive assignment/mapping was irrelevant .
At first I "hid" the drive (my post #12) but consequently "deleting" was a more sensible option.
** See my post #19 for the final "delete" process



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13 Apr 2013   #2
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Post screenshot of disk management please where Z is visible. If printer is off you can't see it!! If somethoing has no power is doesn't do anything. Sure it's powered off and not just standby?
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13 Apr 2013   #3
roboticarm

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

If the Z: drive doesn't serve any purpose and you just want to hide it, you may do so like this (I have a Z drive and have hidden it the same way):

Press Win+R - Type "regedit" and click OK.

Now navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Right click on the right pane - New - 32 bit Dword and enter the name as "NoDrives".

Now double click it and select "decimal" and then enter the value as 33554432.

Log off and log back on. Z: will now be hidden (but you can still access it by typing "Z:" in the address bar.
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13 Apr 2013   #4
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GrayGhost2 View Post
Today I installed Epson printer XP400 onto my Win7 32bit laptop.

The laptop prints to the XP400 via WiFi.
When the printer is OFF WinExp has a "Z:MEMORYCARD (\\EPSONB9E26F)" drive.

WinExp setting Hide empty drives in the Computer folder is enabled

Q1: Can this drive be hidden when the printer is OFF ?
(\\EPSONB9E26F) is it a share?
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16 Apr 2013   #5
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
New drive (Z:) after installing Epson on PC

@ Kaktussoft
Printer is OFF, (there is only on or off)
Image of Z:drive too...
Name:  Z-drive 16Apr2013.png
Views: 11
Size:  6.9 KB

Z-drive is obviously related to the Epson printer.
The printer is accessed from my PC_1 via WiFi.
The printer is also connected to PC_2 via USB cable

When PC_1 is booted a popup appears from system-tray, and self dismisses after about 3 seconds.
Name:  One drive fails 16Apr2013.png
Views: 11
Size:  6.2 KB
@ roboticarm
Your registry fix:
PC_1 registry has
Code:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
but no "Explorer" subkey (does have "Comdlg32" subkey)

Q1: If I hide the "Z-drive" will it affect the printer's (PC_1) WiFi connectiivity/operation?

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PC_1
Computer Type:= Laptop
Manufacturer:= Toshiba Satellite C665
OS:= Windows 7 Home Premium, sp1 (Build 7601)
CPU:= Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz
Motherboard:= TOSHIBA Portable PC
Memory:= 2,806 MB
Graphics:= NVIDIA GeForce 315M *
Sound Card:= Speakers (Conexant SmartAudio H |
Monitors:= x1, Generic PnP
Screen Resolution:= 1366 X 768 - 32 bit
Hard Drives:= C: 585.4GB
PSU:=
Case:= Toshiba Satellite
Cooling:= default fan
Keyboard:= default + Logitech K260
Mouse:= default pad + Logitech M210
Internet Speed:= ADSL2
Antivirus:= Bitdefender Internet Security 2013
Browser:= IE-9.10, PaleMoon, Firefox 20.0
Others:= USB Safely Remove, Metapad, ClipX,
7Zip, Classic Shell Start, Explorer++, FileSearchEX, KeyboardLEDS, CapsLock,
MalwareBytes, MyDefrag, PostBox, Epson


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16 Apr 2013   #6
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GrayGhost2 View Post
@ Kaktussoft
Printer is OFF, (there is only on or off)
Image of Z:drive too...
Attachment 264339

Z-drive is obviously related to the Epson printer.
The printer is accessed from my PC_1 via WiFi.
The printer is also connected to PC_2 via USB cable

When PC_1 is booted a popup appears from system-tray, and self dismisses after about 3 seconds.
Attachment 264340
@ roboticarm
Your registry fix:
PC_1 registry has
Code:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
but no "Explorer" subkey (does have "Comdlg32" subkey)

Q1: If I hide the "Z-drive" will it affect the printer's (PC_1) WiFi connectiivity/operation?

-----
PC_1
Computer Type:= Laptop
Manufacturer:= Toshiba Satellite C665
OS:= Windows 7 Home Premium, sp1 (Build 7601)
CPU:= Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz
Motherboard:= TOSHIBA Portable PC
Memory:= 2,806 MB
Graphics:= NVIDIA GeForce 315M *
Sound Card:= Speakers (Conexant SmartAudio H |
Monitors:= x1, Generic PnP
Screen Resolution:= 1366 X 768 - 32 bit
Hard Drives:= C: 585.4GB
PSU:=
Case:= Toshiba Satellite
Cooling:= default fan
Keyboard:= default + Logitech K260
Mouse:= default pad + Logitech M210
Internet Speed:= ADSL2
Antivirus:= Bitdefender Internet Security 2013
Browser:= IE-9.10, PaleMoon, Firefox 20.0
Others:= USB Safely Remove, Metapad, ClipX,
7Zip, Classic Shell Start, Explorer++, FileSearchEX, KeyboardLEDS, CapsLock,
MalwareBytes, MyDefrag, PostBox, Epson
It's a connection to a network share!
in command prompt:
Code:
net  use  z:  /delete
Is it gone now? It has nothing to do with printing/scanning/wireless
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16 Apr 2013   #7
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Check registry key HKCU\Network. Is Z listed there? Delete Z there and logoff and logon again. Most likely the "net use z: /delete" command did delete it already. It's gone? Even after reboot?

Drive letter
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16 Apr 2013   #8
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

I'd simply ignore it, it's causing no harm, if it aint broke.....

But, this tip will probably do it:

Hide Drives from Your Computer in Windows 7 or Vista

A little more explicit
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18 Apr 2013   #9
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Hide "Z" drive after installing Epson printer

SUCCESS (see my next post, how I did it)
Thanks to all who helped

@roboticarm
Exactly what I wanted. How to "hide" the drive.
Your "Decimal" value 33554432 added to my understanding Binary > Decimal conversion
especially when I used the "Calc" programmers Calculator incorrectly.

@Faladu
Your link to Hide Drives from Your Computer in Windows 7 or Vista
-- excellent tutorial explained how it all works

@Kaktussoft
Thank you for your interest.
I did not delete the HKCU/Network/Z key, because I think I might have lost my WiFi connection to the printer ?

-hkcu-networks.png


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18 Apr 2013   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

You did it the right way by removing the letter. I don`t know why it was suggested to go into the registry and delete keys and what not.

As Faladu suggested, you could have just left it alone.
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