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Windows 7: CD Drive only shows in Win Explorer when it is being accessed

14 Oct 2011   #11
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
In explorer go to tools, folder options, and under the view tab look for a "hide empty drives in Computer Folder". Check mark it/select it and log off or reboot.
Good point alpha, but unfortunately this doesn't work for CD/DVD drives. See below from Windows Help.




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15 Oct 2011   #12
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
In explorer go to tools, folder options, and under the view tab look for a "hide empty drives in Computer Folder". Check mark it/select it and log off or reboot.
Good point alpha, but unfortunately this doesn't work for CD/DVD drives. See below from Windows Help.
OK, there you go, I didn't see that. I don't have an internal optical drive on this PC at all to even test the setting. No floppy drive either, lol.
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15 Oct 2011   #13
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hehe, I only looked it up cause you mentioned it - I wonder if simply uninstalling, drive, then restarting Windows will cause it be "found" again.
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