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Can't find Flash Drive in My Computer

by haris703 / September 28, 2006 8:21 PM PDT

Dear Sir,

My system:-
OS------WinXp Pro
HDD-----40 gigabit
Memory---786 MB

I can't find my Flash Drive icon in My Computer, but I can find it in Disk Management as H drive.
A search in Google and it said that to change the drive letter/path to K or higher will be alright but I changed from K to the higher one at a time, still can't find the flash drive icon in My Computer.
Please guide me what to do.

Thanks in advance

Sincerely yours

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Explorer can hide drive letters. A simple test.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2006 11:14 PM PDT

1. Simple test. Click Start, run, type in ...


Hit enter. What happens?

2. TWEAKUI lets you check that Explorer setting.


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Re Explorer hiding drive letters.
by christy / September 29, 2006 12:03 AM PDT

Hi! Bob,
Is that a bug in Windows which Microsoft see no reasons to fix ? If it is by design, how do I hide drive letters (without TWEAKUI ) ? Thanks.


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Sorry, I don't suggest it without TWEAKUI. Why?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2006 12:07 AM PDT

It involves editing the registry.

Bug? No.


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Re why ?
by christy / September 29, 2006 4:34 PM PDT

Just wondering. If Explorer, I would suspect that it is not a perfect tool - ''Explorer'' is an .exe, right ? ''My Documents'' is a folder, controlled by Windows. So-why is the folder hidden, and we have to get a good yet ''unsupported by Microsoft'' tool to have the drive shown ?


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I have an answer. But is it acceptable?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2006 10:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Re why ?

Let's look back to the days of Windows NT and Windows 2000. Back then it was expected that we would run text editors to alter configuration files to get hardware working. As we moved from tech heads to consumers this was no longer acceptable to the public.

This is a recent shift in thinking in less than 2 years from Windows 2000 to Windows XP. Today consumers may expect a "click here" experience with supported applications. This is not true even today.

Look to the past to see why this is so.

-> About Explorer. There are many configurable features in Explorer that are not exposed via click here interfaces (ie the registry.) Since Tweakui does work for this hiding drive letter issue then that's the answer I'll give to keep us out of trouble.


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by christy / September 29, 2006 11:22 PM PDT

So TWEAKUI is the easy "click here" experience way to edit the registry to, as you mentioned, "keep us out of trouble". Still, it does not explain why drive letters "can be" hidden. I guess the answer would have to be "It's Windows!".


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Why drive letters can be hidden.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2006 11:32 PM PDT
In reply to: O.K.

It's a feature asked for and implemented in Explorer. Not a bug. There are a few hundred other features too that you won't find on a menu or even Tweakui.

I won't attempt to list what you would want to hide a drive letter from Explorer but suffice it to write that some people want this.


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