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Missing drive icons in Windows 8

by jemenake / May 24, 2013 11:46 AM PDT

I can't figure this one out. I've got a laptop with two NTFS partitions on it; one for Win8, and another for storage of random things.

The problem is: When I open the "Computer" window, it only shows me the C: drive. Other things are there... the DVD-RW, network folders, other computers on the net, etc. But the H:\ drive isn't there. HOWEVER..... if I go up to the address bar and type in "H:" and hit <Enter>, it takes me to that drive, and the H: drive suddenly appears in the folder-pane on the left of the window.

It does the same thing for any USB drives I plug in. I can type their drive letters into the address bar, and then it'll take me to that drive and it'll show up in the left-hand folder pane. But then, when I navigate away from that drive, it disappears again.

It's like Windows is hiding them from me unless I know the address, kinda like how putting "$" at the end of a shared folder name does it with network shares.


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Did you try tip #42 at link?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2013 11:53 AM PDT
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I have *now*...
by jemenake / May 25, 2013 6:20 AM PDT

Tried it. That didn't fix it.

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Then a clear warranty issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 25, 2013 6:56 AM PDT
In reply to: I have *now*...

Let us know if the maker fixes it.

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Try this
by orlbuckeye / May 28, 2013 12:28 AM PDT

Actually windows 8 uses a different kind of partition table (GUID partition table) which is different from the older versions partition table (MSDOS MBR).

These partitions may be hidden.

You may follow these steps to view your partitions-

•Click on the Start button.

•Right click on Computer & select manage option & provide administrator password if prompted-it'll open the computer management window.

•Click on disc management & you'll see all the partition present in your computer.

•If these are in hidden condition then right click on every individual partition & click on "Change drive letter & paths" option.
•Select the drives from the list & then click ADD > OK.

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