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Windows 7: Removable drive letters in Windows 7 not disappearing

07 Sep 2015   #1

W7 Pro x64
Removable drive letters in Windows 7 not disappearing

I have 2 drive letters in Windows Explorer when I click Computer for flash drives (USB sticks):

Removable Disk (F:)
Removable Disk (H:)

But there is no flash drive attached to my computer (i.e. no USB stick in a USB port). When I double click I get the following (quite logical) error:

Please insert a disk into Removable Disk (F:).
Please insert a disk into Removable Disk (H:).

When I put a USB stick in a USB port one if the drives becomes accessible when I double click it. No problem.

But usually when you remove a USB stick the drive letter disappears.

Why does mine stay?

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07 Sep 2015   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

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08 Sep 2015   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Hello Dragonchaser,

There is an option to hide empty drives.
Open "Windows Explorer" (Win+R), go to "Tools" menu (Alt+T) and select "Folder Options" (Alt+O).
In the options windows choose "View" tab. Find an option called "Hide empty drives in the Computer folder" and mark it's checkbox (see attachment). Press "Apply" and "OK" buttons.

I hope this helps.

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14 Sep 2015   #4

W7 Pro x64

Thanks very much guys, I really appreciate it. And I learned something today.
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