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Windows 7: Removable disk letters under computer

08 Apr 2015   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Removable disk letters under computer

Could anyone please tell me how I can remove the letter signifying a removable drive designation Not usre if these are ol USB letters given by windows when loading.
If I click on them I am told to insert a disk into the removable drive..anyone know how to remove these letters. Will they just go away..?

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08 Apr 2015   #2

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64

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08 Apr 2015   #3

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro x32; Desk 2: Windows 10 x64

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08 Apr 2015   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

I think he said drive letters ComputerGeek, not drivers
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09 Apr 2015   #5

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64

Do you see hide empty drives unchecked in folder options of explorer?

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09 Apr 2015   #6

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro x32; Desk 2: Windows 10 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
I think he said drive letters ComputerGeek, not drivers
OP states problem of
a) Told to "insert a disk" when it's a removable drive
b) Problems that sound like he doesn't understand why/what drive letters are appearing

Those types of problems can be caused by the large #of USB mass storage drivers still lying around in
Windows for devices once installed but long since removed and unplugged. (The USB driver is only deleted when the device is uninstalled. Not when the device is simply removed/unplugged.) Windows letter assignments are saved along with the data associated with the driver. Lots and lots of old stale drvers (with old stale drive letter assignments) can cause Windows to get confused.

A good way to start with these types of multi-symptom problems is Cleanup and removing old Mass Storage drivers. (It also a multi-purpose tool as it also fixes drive letter conflicts betweem present and non-present devices - since it removes all their old drivers (and origingal drive letter assignments).

After following the instructions, just plug your devices back in for clean/fresh device re-installs. (Also a good starting point if any further debugging still required)
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