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Hiding non-present devices? Answered

Hi, It gets extremely annoying when there is multiple drives in my computer but they aren't in use. Does anyone know how to only show present devices or do I just have to live with the multiple devices?

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lemonie

9 years ago

Have you got one of those card-readers for SmartMedia CompactFlash etc? If so those drives are permanently attached to your machine, it's just that they have no 'disc' in them. (I don't think so) L

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xACIDITYxlemonie

Reply 9 years ago

Yeah, judging by the screenshot it looks like one of those built-in card readers. Our computer has them and, before we switched to Linux, they always showed up in "My Computer".

From my experience, thermo, there's no way to hide them.

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lemoniexACIDITYx

Reply 9 years ago

No, because they are attached drives. It wouldn't be good if you could make your main drives "disappear", and Windows can't differentiate between drives you think are important and attached drives which you never use. L

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thermoelectriclemonie

Reply 9 years ago

Darn, I might just have to figure something else out Thanks anyway!

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lemoniethermoelectric

Reply 9 years ago

You could unplug the card-reader, or maybe find a way to hack it such that the slots you don't use are disabled (Instructable if you can!) L

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thermoelectriclemonie

Reply 9 years ago

Might be an idea but it could also be the hardware that manages the lot that does the drive thing...

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lemoniethermoelectric

Reply 9 years ago

I think you're right about the hardware. What you can do is View>Arrange Icons By>Total Space / Free Space. The empty drives end up at the bottom as "unspecified", resize the window and you can't see 'em anymore. (I've got a card in drive I and it's still showing as "Unspecified", maybe it excluded all drives on that reader?) L

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thermoelectriclemonie

Reply 9 years ago

Yeah, I have just renamed the empty drives as "Unused" so it's easier for me at the moment...

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11010010110thermoelectric

Reply 9 years ago

cmon do they really bug you so much ? switch my computer to grouped view so they are visually apart from the other drives i have a sandisk sd card reader. maybe it shows up only with card inside (dont have windows computer nearby to check)

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thermoelectric11010010110

Reply 9 years ago

Yeah, They do, If you are trying to find the card in a hurry, It is very annoying when you have to try opening multiple drives to find the right one....

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lemoniexACIDITYx

Reply 9 years ago

"Does anyone know how to only show present devices" as in "No, I don't" L

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xACIDITYxlemonie

Reply 9 years ago

Ah, well I thought that was a reply to what I had written

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thermoelectriclemonie

Reply 9 years ago

We have an external card reader, It is what is showing up as multiple unused drives.

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11010010110

9 years ago

they all look like usb drives. do you have a usb or the like drive in ? (if the drive is partitioned it shows up as many drives)

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thermoelectric11010010110

Reply 9 years ago

From the other comments, I have figure that it is our external card reader.

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NachoMahma

9 years ago

. I think you can disable them from the Computer Management console (right-click on My Computer and select Manage), under Disk Management.

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thermoelectricNachoMahma

Reply 9 years ago

I've tried, From the other comments, I have found it is our external card reader, We only ever use one of the card ports though