How to Hide Removable Disk Drives


Attached card readers are considered removable drives on your computer. This is true even if the card reader is integrated into your computer. This is because the storage media itself is indeed removable. Even if the card reader slots are empty, you may notice a list of drive letters associated with each slot. This list is displayed under "Computer" in the left-hand pane of Windows Explorer and in the right-hand pane when viewing the "Computer" folder. These drives serve no purpose when empty, so you can hide them from view until a card is inserted.

  • Hold the "Windows" key and press "E" to open Windows Explorer.

  • Click "Tools" in the top menu bar and select "Folder Options." If you cannot see the Menu Bar, press the "Alt" key to expose it. Alternatively, click the top-left "Organize" button and select "Folder and search options."

  • Uncheck "Show all folders" in the "Navigation pane" section of the "General" tab. This removes empty removable drives from the left-hand pane.

  • Click the "View" tab.

  • Check "Hide empty drives in the Computer folder" in the "Advanced settings" section.

  • Click "Don't show hidden files, folders, or drives" in the "Advanced settings" section. This hides empty removable drives from the right-hand pane of "Computer."

  • Click "OK" to accept your new settings and hide removable drives.

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