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    Why can't I delete removable disks?

    When I open My Computer, I see drives C, K & L, the latter two of which are external hard drives. Also shown are "Removable disks" F,G,H,I,& J. I have unplugged and plugged in my external drives on a number of occasions which may account for all of those removable disks. Is there reason why I can't just delete them? None of them have sizes associated with them as do the other three.

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    F,G,H,I, and J are typically assigned to a Flash Card reader built in to many PCs. each drive is for a different format Flash Card. You would have to uninstall the driver for the card reader to get rid of the drives.

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    Check Folder Options/View and see if Hide empty drives in the computer folder is checked or not.

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    Those driver weren't there when I got my current system. They just cropped up over time. How do I know whether I have a Flash Card reader, and if I have, would it be listed as such in Device Manager? If not how do I remove the driver if I have the reader?

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    Hide empty drives is checked.

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    Well, if you put the view into anything except List, there's a little caret on the right side you can toggle to hide them, but it also includes optical drives so they're hidden as well.

    I think the only other very effective way of hiding them is to unplug the connector to the media reader or whatever has the empty removable storage. I don't think uninstalling the driver for each (right click/properties/hardware/select hardware/properties/driver/remove) will work because they're automatically detected and installed again when the system is restarted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lodidad1 View Post
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    Those driver weren't there when I got my current system. They just cropped up over time. How do I know whether I have a Flash Card reader, and if I have, would it be listed as such in Device Manager? If not how do I remove the driver if I have the reader?

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    Hide empty drives is checked.
    First off if you have a flash card reader you will see a device with flash card slots on your computer normally on the front .
    The flash card reader is listed under portable devices in device manager, but as F.U.N said if you just delete the drivers they will be reinstalled on next reboot. So only unplugging the actual device will get rid off them.
    But if you have a card reader why would you you want to disable it as can be useful sometimes.

    Best to use F.U.N's advise "Check Folder Options/View and see if Hide empty drives in the computer folder is checked or not". Then if no cards plugged in they will not show in my computer.
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    Do you have any 5 port USB external Hubs connected via USB? They will also use the same drive letters if no card reader installed.
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    I have no USB external hubs.

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    To: F.U.N.
    I'm probably a little dense as I don't understand what you mean by "Well if you put the view into anything but List, ...". Could you explain that?

    I think it's pretty clear that I don't have a card reader nor do I have anything else plugged into my computer except one external drive I use for back ups. As I noted in post #4 "Hide empty drives in the computer folder" is checked. I don't actually have a computer folder. I simply have a desktop icon that I click on. Would that make a difference?

    I am trying to attach screen shot showing the screen when I click on the computer icon. I'm not really sure of what I'm doing here so it may not be attached or it may not be readabl. I'll just hope for the best
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    I don't know what to tell you about the removable storage drives; that is the classic signature of a card reader built into that system somewhere. If you provide the make and model of computer, somone could probably look it up and see if they see anything strange, or hidden behind a sliding or hinged cover (assuming these devices have always been there). The computer will rarely (I've never seen it) make a mistake about that many removable storage signatures. What else it could be I do not know. You can delete (uninstall the driver) each one as noted earlier but if they come back on a restart then they are almost certainly there.

    As for hiding them in the Computer window, which you have pictured, I think in Tiles view (definitely not List), the actual line where it says Devices with Removable storage, there's a little caret at both ends of the line, click on it once to roll the Removable storage section into hiding, click it again to expand it back out into view, and so on...

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    Iodidd1, open Windows explorer, right click on one of these drives and the click on the hardware tab. What does it show?

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    Removable disks

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    My computer id a Dell Studio 540 running Win7 SP1 64bit. I tried uninstalling the drives in Device Mgr. where they were listed under Portable Devices and restarted the computer. They were still there. In the tiles view, there is a caret only on the left side of the line, and that simply rolls all of the removable drives out of sight including my D & E drives, which isn't good.

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    When I right click on one of those drives, I don't get a screen which has tabs. What I do get is show in the attached screen shot.

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    My attachment didn't get attached because it was 10MB over the limit. I'll try and created one that's a little smaller and try again.

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    Removable disks

    I hope the attached screen shot is clear enough.
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    Hi lodidad1,

    When you right click on the drive and get the screenshot above, click properties and then the hardware tab.

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