"Phantom Drive Letter" in Windows Explorer

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by TomBirmingham, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. I have two removable drives (a 250 G hard disc & a CF Card Reader).

    Usually I click the "safely remove" icon before I remove them, but sometimes
    it doesn't work and/or I forget.

    Now, I have three "phantom drive letters" in my windows explorer window, and
    if I plug in my Card Reader it is designated by three drive letters
    displaying in the Explorer Window.

    How can I remove these three "phantom drive letters", and how can I get it
    so that the Card Reader only opens one representative drive letter?

    Thank you for your help.
    TomBirmingham, Jun 18, 2007
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  2. May I recommend that you change the options on the removable devices so that
    you do not need to 'safely remove' before turning off or removing them. This
    will result is a small hit to speed of use but for most operations it will
    be insignificant.

    In device manager, right click on the removable device, select properties
    then policy tab. Optimize for quick removal. If you have noticeable slowdown
    in your normal operations with this setting you can of course reverse it.

    If your card reader shows three drive letters that is probably because there
    are three slots into which cards can be inserted. My card reader has four
    slots and normally shows four drive letters. I didn't like that as I only
    use one of the slots for my camera XD cards. To stop showing the unused

    In device manager right click on the removable device for the unused slot,
    click on disable (NOT uninstall). That should prevent that slot being
    reported as an available disk letter.

    Michael Walraven, Jun 18, 2007
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