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Windows Explorer shows non-existent drives

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit

    Windows Explorer shows non-existent drives


    Hi guys. New guy here.
    This is what Windows Explorer and Disk Management show.
    Drives G, H, I, and L are completely non-existent. When clicking on them, Windows asks to format them. Properties shows 0 bytes Used space/Free space. I need help removing these "drives" from Windows Explorer.
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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Go to Folder Options in the Control Panel and click on 'View' tab, check mark the box as shown in image below, click Apply, click OK.

    Drives - Hide or Show Empty Drives in Computer Folder - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Attachment 38102

    Most of them apply to these:

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    Last edited by Brink; 22 Feb 2014 at 11:59. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit


    Thanks for the tip. That was one of the first things I did. Also, I don't have a card reader.
    Anyway, I resolved the issue by removing a registry entry that enabled the drives to be formatted in REFS. I did this a week ago and completely forgot about it
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Windows Explorer shows non-existent drives
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