My flash card reader shows multiple drive letters (one letter for each card type), even when cards are not inserted. Is there any way to hide these inactive drives?
Windows 7 has the option to hide inactive drives until a media is inserted. So, solution - upgrade to 7?
Alternatively, if you are going to stick with XP, you can use the TweakUI Powertoys to hide drives from appearing in Explorer. Subsequently, use the Desk Drive utility to show the drive on your desktop when media is inserted.
From the disk management section you can change the slots from being allocated to drive letters to be allocated to folders, so what I have done is set up a folder called card reader on my c drive then created subfolders called SD, MemoryCard etc. and reallocated each slot on the reader to the appropriate folder. This has the advantage of not having to remember the letters.
Long time ago I used THIS TOOL to hide drive letters of inactive drives. Worked fine for me.
Go into computer management ... disk manager.
You can remove letters from drives there. If you still want to access the drive you can map to a mount point (i.e. a folder on an NTFS drive) and have it mapped there.
To be able to remove/add drive letters to existing volumes the "
diskpart" command line tool could be scripted. See here for details.
Hide Empty Card Reader Drives in My Computer. To do so,
- Go to computer management
- Click My Computer > Manage > Storage > Disk Management
- On the empty drives right click on each one and change the drive letter to something like M, N, O, P
- Verify in My Computer that the drive letters changed (hit refresh if needed)
- Then go back to Disk Manengment and right click again on each of the newly assigned drive letters and select properties
- In properties under the General Tab go to the Device Usage drop down list and select "Do not use this device (Disable)"
- Click OK
- Go back to My Computer and verify (Hit refresh if needed)
The drive should be gone now.
Also, when you go to disk management and want to rename any existing drives, those drive letters you assigned to the disabled Card Drives will be back on the list for usage.