Show Empty Drives in Windows 7

by Eric Geier [Published on 4 Jan. 2012 / Last Updated on 29 March 2011]

By default empty drives are hidden, but you can easily show them.

For some odd reason Microsoft by default hides empty removable drives in Windows 7 on the Computer and Windows Explorer windows. This can cause confusion to users and IT staff. However, it’s an easy fix to get them to appear:

  1. Open Computer or Windows Explorer and press the Alt key.
  2. Select Tools > Folder Options, and click the View tab.
  3. Under Advanced settings, uncheck Hide empty drives in the Computer folder.
  4. Click OK.

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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