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Old 04-17-06, 09:42 AM
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Hide removeable drives with no media?

I purchased a dirt cheap compaq presario back in January and it came with a built in faceplate full of memory card readers.

The very annoying thing about this is that the memory card drives all show up as drives on my computer with or without any media installed. From a practical standpoint it isn't that horrible, but it is quite frustrating when I pop in a memory key and cannot quickly identify what drive it is because My Computer is filled with 6 items all of which say "Removeable Disk".

Is there any way to have windows hide these drives until such time as I decide to pop in a card for them to read?

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Old 04-17-06, 11:02 AM
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All I've been able to do is go into device manager and disable the slots I won't be using so they don't show up. The slot I do use keeps showing.

If I wanted to use the disabled ones I'd just have to re-enable them. You can reassign drive letters to put any of them after your other drives. That helps a bit.
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On my Presario, it doesn't show up unless I pop a card in. I've only used it couple of times. Sorry, I have no idea how it works or how it's set up.
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Yeah, I have the same problem with my Dell monitor that has a card reader on it. I do what X does, but you can also download TweakUI from Microsoft's site to have a quick way to hide/unhide the unused drive letters. If you need to use a hidden drive you can still access it via the address bar/command line, but it won't show up as a drive in any of the explorer windows/trees.
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After some toying with my device manager, i was able to identify which "Removeable Drive" corresponded to which type of slot. I then renamed each of the drives to SD, MMC, CF, etc. I'm not sure if that label will hold when I pop in a card, but for the time being it helps distinguish things a bit.

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