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    Drive ID in File Explorer

    Running Windows 10 Pro. I just added an external 1TB drive using USB2. It works fine; however, in the area of File Explorer that displays the available storage devices there are two icons for the drive. Both access the drive properly & the Properties are correct. Scanning the drive reports no errors. The Disk Management console reports "healthy".

    Why does the drive have duplicate icons?
    More importantly, should this be corrected? how?

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    Graham Smith
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    I have the same in my Win10 Pro.
    FileExplorer3.png
    EDIT: I should have mentioned my D: drive is actually a second SATA HDD in the case, not a USB-attached drive.
    Last edited by Berton; 2016-03-04 at 12:51.

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    Hey Y'all,

    This must be from a recent update.
    DuplicatingFileExp.PNG

    Here's a Fix I found and tested.

    HTH
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    For those of you who are fearful of doing Registry Editor stuff here's a .reg file that will implement the fix.

    HKLM-DuplicateFEEntries.reg: HKLM-DuplicateFEEntries.txt

    Note: the attached file has a filetype of .txt since WSL won't allow the upload of .reg files. Download the file and then change the filetype to .reg.

    To run just find it in File Explorer and double click it and answer the prompts.
    Close file explorer and reopen to see results.

    HTH
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    Whatever changes MS has made to File Explorer, it's gotten to be a real PITA (it may be related to Quick Access). I've got duplicate directory entries, duplicate OneDrive entries, duplicate drive entries. It needs a way to be completely flushed and rebuilt.
    Graham Smith
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    A clean install of W10 Pro I did on Tuesday doesn't show this problem.

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    I did an upgrade of Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 on Sunday Mar 6.

    I noticed that I had duplicate drive entries for my SDHC card. So I applied the fix provided by Retired Geek and fixed the problem. Thank you!

    The link in RG's first post here led me to another page (This One) which showed me how to remove other entries from the file manager navigation pane. Like:

    One Drive
    HomeGroup

    These work for Win 7, 8.1 and 10

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