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2nd internal data HDD shows with Optical Drive icon

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    Windows 8.1x64 Pro

    2nd internal data HDD shows with Optical Drive icon


    Hi, in "This PC" my 2nd internal data HDD shows an Optical Drive icon instead of the usual HDD icon. How can I fix this? Thanks

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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Set your folder options to "show hidden files" & Uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" then look in the root of the drive. Is there an autorun.inf file there ? If so, delete it.
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    Windows 8.1x64 Pro


    Hi topgun, no, there's no "autorun.inf" file in the root directory of my 2nd drive
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    OK, you might want to try this:
    1. Win+X -> regedit and go to the key below:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer
    2. Under this key, you'll see a key "DriveIcons". Delete it and log off or restart your Windows.
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    Windows 8.1x64 Pro


    I went to that registry key and under "Drive Icons" the "E" drive was listed (the 2nd internal drive) and the Icon value was set to PowerISO (a 3rd party tool for mounting images, etc). I deleted that subkey and there was no need to log off or restart, the E drive icon was restored to the Windows default for a HDD. Thanks!
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2nd internal data HDD shows with Optical Drive icon
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