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Internal hard drive icon does not appear in "My Computer"

by a50 / July 27, 2008 8:07 AM PDT

My main hard drive (C) no longer appears when I click the "My Computer" icon. I use Windows XP.

I just had a virus (SmitFraud) and used smitRem.exe and SmitFraudFix.exe to remove the infected files. However, I noticed when I got the virus, the C drive icon no longer appeared when I clicked "My Computer." The icon still hasn't reappeared after cleaning out (hopefully!) the virus. I've been searching for a solution but haven't found anything on my own. So, I thought I would turn to the experts here.

The C drive DOES appear in "Computer Management, Disk Management."

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A couple of options.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 27, 2008 8:35 AM PDT

You can use PowerToys for XP, a utility created by some of the Microsoft people but not supported by Microsoft. It includes a utility called TweakUI to unhide the drive in the section for My Computer. Powertoys can be downloaded from here;
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

Alternatively, you can delve straight into the Registry and delete the key for "NoDrives" in the
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

More details about that here;
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q173485/ Although that is for Win 95, your registry should have the same key.

Be careful with the registry. Make a backup of it first, and be sure to read Microsoft's guidance on how to restore from a backup.

Mark

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Thanks!
by a50 / July 27, 2008 10:01 AM PDT
In reply to: A couple of options.

WOW!!!!!!!!! That took less than a minute to download the utility, install it, run it and unhide my C drive. Thank you very much!

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Glad it worked.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 27, 2008 6:57 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks!

That TweakUI from the Microsoft team is a little known utility that I have found immensely useful over the years with its various options.

Good work, and thanks for posting back.

Mark

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