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06. Display Missing Drives In Computer Folder

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When you first click on the Computer Folder option on the Start Menu you may be surprised to find that drives such as your Card Reader and External Drive are no longer visible. Unfortunately this is now a default setting, the idea being not to clutter the Computer window with too much information.

Of course, as soon as you insert an SD card into your card reader or switch on your External Drive the drive will actually come online and will be visible, but until you are actually doing something with the relevant drive it will not show up.

If you find that one or more of your drives are not displayed in the Computer Folder Windows and you want them to be permanently displayed you can do so by doing the following:

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. In the Windows Explorer window, Click on the Organize button.
  3. From the drop down list, Click on the Folder and Search options.
  4. In the Folder Options window, Click the View Tab.
  5. Look for the section marked Hidden Files and Folders and look for the option 'Hide empty drives in Computer folder.'
  6. To ensure that they remain visible, Remove the check mark from the 'Hide empty drives in Computer folder' option and then press OK.
  7. Now when you open the Computer folder your drives should be visible.