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Hide drive letters or prevent disconnecting network drives ?

Q: Hide drive letters or prevent disconnecting network drives ?

Is there a way to hide drive letters or otherwise prevent users from disconnecting maped network drives?

I have a network drive mapped to Z:/ and have applications relying on reading and writing data from this server location. I'm looking to either prevent users from disconnecting this mapped drive, or make the drive letter hidden everywhere in XP.

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I have the problem of a long list of redundant mapped network drives without drive letters, for example, documents, documents~1, documents~2, etc. all with same location...right clicking on the mapped does not present any "disconnect" option. Oh, they do not appear as mapped network drives under "My Computer," but under "Network" and the name of the computer (which is on a wireless network with another computer)...I can go to advanced sharing and stop sharing, but then all folders are unshared including the original...I guess this may be the only way of getting this corrected, but it seems like a long way to do something that should be very simple...If anyone knows a quick better way, I would appreciate knowing of it.

A:mapped network drives without drive letters

Unsharing those is going to be the only way to get that to go away, I'm afraid, and that's something you have to do folder-by-folder.

You aren't in a work-environment, are you? If so those folders may have been intentionally shared by your IT department/employer (just food for thought).

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Hey everyone,

I'm not sure if i'm entering this in the right forum, but here goes. This week I was fighting a spyware issue for a client of mine and I ended up using combofix to get rid of it, as I have many times before. This particular client uses a software called Tweak UI to hide certain drive letters from displaying in My Computer. After running combofix to correct the spyware issues, all drives are shown ALL of the time. No matter what settings I change in Tweak, the drives always show. Anyone else ever heard of this or have a suggestion for me to fix it? I have even used a few online guides to attempt to manually hide the drives using the registry to no avail. Any help is appreciated.



A:Can't hide drive letters

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Does anyone know if it is possible to make a network drive "hidden" but still connected. I know the next best thing is to hide all the files in the drive but I would like it not to show up in the left pane of Windows Explorer.
Thanx in advance

A:hide network drives



I found it using our Search feature.

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I have a problem with mapped network drives in my organization. About a week ago our helpdesk started reporting calls from users saying their mapped drives said they were disconnected. At that time it was only a few people at another site that were experiencing this. This week we've been seeing it happening at all sites. The strange thing is sometimes the drive will be marked as disconnected, but upon clicking it, it opens up. Other times it says access is denied. A temporary fix we've been using is to delete all local profiles on the machines that have been experiencing this. I'm wondering if this is an issue with the user profiles that's somehow preventing the drives from mapping or if it's an issue with the permissions. I'm reluctant to think it's a permission issue since prior to a week ago all drives were mapping normally. All machines are running xp pro. Thanks in advance for the help.

A:Mapped network drives randomly disconnecting

I'd check offline files and make sure that it and "offline synchronization" are disabled.

I've experienced this as well, and so far my best guess has been with the offline files feature.

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In our company, we are using Windows 7 and my goal is to prevent users (also administrators) of specific workstations from running executables which are located on mapped network drives (servers).

I tried different things (e.g. Software Restriction Policies or Applocker => in both cases I tried the UNC address as well as the drive letter to set up the rules) but nothing worked.

I would really appreciate any suggestions.

Kind regards,

A:Prevent executables from running on mapped network drives

Quote: Originally Posted by Rickson1982


In our company, we are using Windows 7 and my goal is to prevent users (also administrators) of specific workstations from running executables which are located on mapped network drives (servers).

I tried different things (e.g. Software Restriction Policies or Applocker => in both cases I tried the UNC address as well as the drive letter to set up the rules) but nothing worked.

I would really appreciate any suggestions.

Kind regards,

Rickson1982, welcome to the windows 7 forum.

As mapped drives are just another letter in the drive listing, I don't believe that you can prevent users, especially administrators from running programs that reside on the mapped drive. If you could then all they would have to do would be to copy the executable to their local drive and run it from there.

Removing administrators rights is a tricky wicket because you might not be able to reverse changes.

you could go to the server where the maps are located and change the permissions on each of the executables.

outside of that, I am not sure why you want to do this.. Take them off the share if that's a problem.


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HI there folks!

I have googled the crap out of this problem, but I can't seem to find an answer. All 3 of my external drives suddenly have no drive letters assigned to them. There is no hardware problem that I can find. Each are plugged into their own dedicated USB port on the computer. I can assign letters to them manually and use the drives as normal, but when I reboot, the drive letters are "forgotten". I have tried using the drives under different operating systems and on different computers all with the same results. Any suggestions are appreciated


A:No drive letters for external drives

What pops into my head is that somehow the external drives where assigned an ID or Attribute - That tells windows not to automatically assign a drive letter

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I would like to restrict access to network drives by Windows Search.
When i make a search and select 'Computer', the mapped drives are also taken into account, which i do not want.
Note that i know the content is not being indexed, and i double checked that this is not allowed. however, i don't want that a local search ends up looking on the network for files. Is there a way to avoid this ?
On a similar topic, does one know the registry path for the setting "Don't use the index when searching in file folders for system files" ? This setting makes searching for system files work (nothing else seems to do the trick) and i would like to set it
as default.
thanks in advance bruno

A:Prevent Windows search from searching network mapped drives

Hi Bruno, I’m afraid it is hard to rewrite the registry for your setting “ jest don't use the index when searching in file folders for system
But you can try to these following steps to prevent searching special type of files (*.dll, *.NLS etc. ):
Start-----Control panel-----Indexing Options-----Advanced-----File Types
Hope it will helpful to you.

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Hey guys,
Thanks in advance, this site is amazing. I have searched(maybe not correctly) and have not come up with an answer on how to map a drive using windows 7. This may or may not be what I need to do, so I will pose my problem. At a nonprofit, they have 3 computers, all 3 with licenses for quickbooks. The main computer, (marypats) has the main folder for QB and it is located on the C drive. The other two comps (jim and donna, both W7) access marypats via a router. Each computer has an external 500g drive for backups and such. Marypats also has a 3TB drive that is for all extra data storage and such. The problem is this. Each time someone plugs in a flash drive, or if they turn on comps out of sync, QB "cant find a company file" and I have to manually go to each comp and locate the drive. I have noticed then that the drive letters change. So, what I want to know, is A) should I map the drives; how do I keep W7 from changing the drive letters; C) how do I name a flash drive so each time it is plugged in, it shows the same letter?  Thanks,

A:"mapping drives, keeping drive letters the same?

Hi Ben.
Worth looking at TMS Stein's Backup site (Tips and Tricks - Managing drive letters), which runs you through a few options/senarios. (I assume Uwe Sieber's USB Drive Letter Manager is freeware for non-profits also). You might also try the solution here at ghacks.net (worth reading the comments also for some gotchas).
Chers, Nick

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I'm trying to copy 40 flash drives.  I have a USB Hub that will allow me to plug in 40 flash drives, and I have software that will image one flash's contents drive onto all of them. 
However, when I plug in the so many flash drives and reach letter "z"  I can't plug in anymore.  Sure I can just do two batches, but I'm hoping there is a tech solution that someone is aware of.
Let me know your thoughts.

A:Duplicating more flash drives, than drive letters

Not unless there is something in the documentation that came with the USB Hub.  I believe you're pretty much stuck with the 26 drive limitation in Windows.

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Is there a way to remove these drives so as to free up the drive letters? Windows 7 Home Premium. Please see attached screen shot of disk management and Computer with empty drives. Thank you.


A:Solved: Empty Drives/Drive Letters used

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I run a backup script to different USB drives at different times.

The backup script always needs to see the same drive letter for the USB drive (whichever USB drive is being used).

I know you can run compmgmt.msc, select Disk Management and then click 'Change drive letter and paths' to manually set a drive letter.

However, sometimes Windows remembers the drive letter that was manually set, but sometime it forgets.

Is there a way to permanently set a drive letter assignment for the USB drives?

Thanks in advance

A:Permanently assign drive letters for USB drives

One other thought, if there isn't a way to permanently set a drive letter to the USB drives, is there a registry key which can make the change (that way I can just click a .reg file to make the change....)


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I run two 80GB Seagate hard drives, each with three partitions on them. I use C drive to put windows on, D drive for my apps and E drive for music files, pictures, video etc. On the second hard drive I skip the F drive in case I ever need to load another operating system on it and on G and H, I mirror what's on my D and E drives for backup purposes. I do this through a software sync program. It's not a RAID setup.

Anyway, about three weeks ago I was refomatting. I do this alot because I'm kind of a perfectionist and I want everything installed perfectly. I also tend to mess with the registry a little to much, because I like it clean and without errors, but that's another topic!

But this time I was reformating it was right after I had to installed a new second hard drive and partition it. I'll come back to why I mentioned that in a second.

During my last two reformats, after I loaded Vista, I went to my computer and noticed that some of the Drive letters had changed on both hard drives. I can't remember exactly which letters changed to what, but it was like my D drive, I believe was now F and so on. All in all, three drives had changed or switched around drive letters. The data was all still there on partitions C, D and E, but the letters were off.

I even checked in Windows Vista Disk Management and noticed the changes there too. But I wasn't about to use the Disk Management tool to make any changes back to the right way. For that, I fire... Read more

A:Hard drives changing drive letters!

Windows assigns drive letters every time you boot up, so if you continually make changes to partitions you are going to see different drive letters.

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I have windows 7 Ult.
I have been going thru the forums and trying several ways to disconnect the drive mappings that show with a red X and say Disconnected Network Drive but I can access the connection and open files, edit files, delete files, and save files as one would normally
expect but I have no way of disconnecting the drive mapping.  I have the same path remapped to a different drive letter without any problems.  I have tried the command prompt net use X: /Delete and get the error message  "The Network connection
could not be found. More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2250." and I have tried the suggestions in Article 297684 even downloading the msi and doing it manually.  I have even tried Zorn's little program and that didn't help.  Is
there a solution to this Microsoft glitch?
 David Kirk

A:Windows 7 Disconnected Network Drives that work but noway of disconnecting the mapping

This may do it.
Look for a registry entry for the mapping under
Note a mapping to \\Eblaptop\F (for example) will show a registry subkey named as ##Eblaptop#F
If found, delete that key and then log off and back on or reboot and it should be gone.
(As always be careful when editing the registry.)
Please advise how this works out for you.  I have done this successfully (in XP and Vista) though in those cases the 'stuck' mapping was not actually connecting.
"IT-TAZ" wrote in message news:[email protected]m...

I have windows 7 Ult.

I have been going thru the forums and trying several ways to disconnect the drive mappings that show with a red X and say Disconnected Network Drive but I can access the connection and open files, edit files, delete files, and save files as one would normally
expect but I have no way of disconnecting the drive mapping.  I have the same path remapped to a different drive letter without any problems.  I have tried the command prompt net use X: /Delete and get the error message  "The Network connection
could not be found. More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2250." and I have tried the suggestions in Article 297684 even downloading the msi and doing it manually.  I have even tried Zorn's little program and that didn't help.  Is there
a solution to... Read more

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I have two 1TB drives, each containing 4 partitions, used for backing up 4 computers. These drives are regularly switched between buildings as part of our backup strategy, always having one off-site. I have assigned drive letters M,N,O,P to respective partitions. When I swap the drives, the drive letters get reset and have to be manually reassigned. I have tried several suggested methods of assigning the drive letters, including USBDM, but get no results.

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Docking Stations: ICY DOCK MB877SK
Hard Drives: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB

A:Drive letters change when swapping hard drives

Right you are using 2 different drives. Manually Assigning letter to one of them Restrict those letter from being used on the other. When you switch them out the letters have to be manually assigned again. That is how it is suppose to be. Windows Remembers each Drive serial # and or some other drive parameter and sees them as different drives, which they are.

The only way around it is to let Windows assign the letters automatically but that may not work on multiple systems if each of those system have different number of HDDs, Partition on the HDD and or different number of CD/DVD drives install in the systems.

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i recently reinstalled windows (recently enough i haven't installed any programs yet) and I have a number of hard drives... the difficulty is that for some reason the drive letters it assigned are all wonky. windows is curretly installed on drive J and one of my older drives full of data is drive C. I'd much rather have windows on drive C... but these changes can't be made through disk management. what do i have to do? will i have to reinstall the operating system? how do I specify the drive paths initially... i don't think i was given the option before.

A:need to change drive letters for system and boot drives.

It sounds like you did not follow the best procedure when you installed the new drive. See the article how to do it properly: http://www.theeldergeek.com/move_harddrive.htm

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Hi all,
Im running two external drives on my xp pro sp3,their accessed regulally for data storage,backups and running applications,and so are left plugged in.
Im wondering if their is any way to stop windows constaltly reassigning new drive letters with reboots,as
shortcuts,assosiated programs etc have all to be re setup.
(a workaround or application)?
If i go too disk management and assign my own letters the system will still change the letters again on reboot,not a huge hassle,but would be nice if it could be stopped,a net  search hassnt turned up
any solutions so far.
Any thoughts on this appreciated
Thanks in advance

A:Stop Windows changing drive letters on external drives

In my experience...the only time that assigned drive letters change....occurs when a dual-boot is involved or new hardware is added or old hardware is subtracted.
So I don't understand you when you say that the drive letters assigned change.,,I suppose that malware might result in such.
Any indication of malware or other system problems?

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I have an ASUS K52Jc running Windows 7 Pro 64bit. My DVDROM and external drives don't show up in My Computer, but are visible in Disk Management with no drive letter assigned. When I manually assign a drive letter it shows up for a second then disappears. Have also tried to assign a drive letter using DISKPART rom the cmd line to no avail. Does anyone have any ideas ?

A:Drive letters not assigning to DVDROM or external drives on notebook


Try inserting a CD/DVD into the drive? Does it show up with a drive letter now?


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I have Server IP ( and a shared folder (ADHOME) for network drive share. When I allocate the network drive user. Server IP is also exposed to user. I want to hide server IP on client machine. 
Need your help in this regard please.

Thanks in advance

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I haven't found a solution to this yet:

I have 2 network driver established. They reconnect during reboots and are accessible fine.

For some reason they stopped being visible in explorer until I explicitly go to them by enteing the letter in the address bar. Then one or both with show up (usually just the one I put in)

I also have an internet webdav drive that also does not show up until i put it's letter in the address bar.

If I use applications to access the letters, they show up ok in that application's file open/save box.

Any Ideas?


A:Network Share Drive Letters Disappearing

Hi Marc,

Welcome to Vista Forums.

I'm not sure, but you might check to see if it is hopefully something as simple as what is in this tutorial. Try the one in the NOTE too.


Hope this helps,

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I've been researching this all morning, so I'm reaching out to see if someone has an answer.

What I am trying to do is to point the Libraries in windows 7 (docs, music, pictures, videos, etc) to network storage, and off the local computer.

Then I want to hide the C drive from view.

The goal is the force the user to save any documents and files to a folder in their libraries, for example documents or pictures, which will all be located to a network storage and not to each user's local machine. Hiding the C drive will give them no option to select other than the Libraries stored on the network.

Even if the user saves something to their desktop, it should save to storage. Kind of like Exchange, it should automatically create a user folder for any new users that log in.

There must be a way to do this natively. I found a free program that does something like this with moving the libraries, but I know there is a way to do this right from windows 7.

Thanks for reading

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I have 2 problems and would love to hear your thoughts. (Bold)
Before couple weeks ago, my mouse started to act weird, like it stops moving for couple second and I hear the sound of a new device plugged in then it goes back to work, afterwards ... it stopped going back, a restart was a must for it to continue working EVEN THO the mouse lights were still on.

In few days, the keyboard of the laptop it self (built in) stopped typing some letters (back-space, enter, D, I), I've booted into a portable OS and the keys weren't working too, I assume it's hardware problem.

I went and bought new mouse and an external keyboard, the same USB problem that happened with the old mouse happened, I thought it could be some drivers or some software interupting, I formatted my PC and the problem still persists! BUT I do not remember the USB disconnecting or any sort when the windows was FRESH and not connected to the internet (were some drivers could be installed through windows itself).

Laptop is N53SN ASUS Laptop.

- Built-in keyboard: any thoughts? And what shall I do about it? Replace or is there something I can do other than replacing?
- USB disconnection, the lights still work on both keyboard and the mouse when they disconnect, I have disabled the "Power management setting" that makes the PC turn off the USB ports for power-saving.

Thanks, and sorry if I missed any needed information, it's my first topic.

A:USB ports disconnecting / Keyboard stopped typing some letters

Hello and welcome Killer mate no need to get a new KB yet a few more specs would be handy though mate.

Now assuming you haven't tried them out have you downloaded the drivers for either the external KB - presuming again it is a specified manufacturer or the inbuilt KB?

For the machine drivers they are here
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download N53SN

As a matter of interest how old is the machine?

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It hide underlined letters by default.
I want to show the underlined letters for keyboard navigation.

A:Where is "Hide Underlined Letters for Keyboard Navigati

Tap the alt key and they show in most programs.

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Everytime I connect or disconnect a USB device my default audio device changes to a different device.. anyway to prevent disable this from happening.. I use USB mostly to charge my smartphone and only occasionally to transfer files but it is an annoyance as not only I have to change the default device but have to restart flashplayer or videos on media players because it can't recover from change.

A:Prevent W7 Switching Audio Device When Connecting/Disconnecting USB De

is your phone capable of being a DAC if not it should not be changing your playback options at all. that's odd what is your phone? does it do it when you just plug in any flash drive, and what is it changing your playback device to?

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I have the latest XPS 13 laptop with Windows 10 home.
I was copying some files from my desktop to my laptop via wifi (they're both connected to the same router) but noticed that, after about 5 minutes, the laptop would switch off the display and disconnect from wifi. I had to move the mouse every 4 minutes or so to prevent the laptop from going to sleep and losing wifi. I tried copying with both windoes explorer and teracopy, and the result is the same.
Is there a way to make sure the laptop doesn't disconnect from wifi if it is busy doing something over wifi, like copying files?

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Hi, I'm having a problem I tried to get resolved with Seagate. I have a External USB Drive that is Networked as a Network Drive, Windows7 will not allow me to disconnect the drive. The only option Seagate gave was to make sure the drive was not indexing which it's not, my goal is to disconnect the drive, connect it to another computer etc Followed by reconnecting it back to the previous computer and it continues on as a network drive or if I connect it to another computer it continues to act as network drive. Seagate told me that I'd have to purchase their NAS drive which I didn't want too. I'm hoping their is a work around to this situation ?

A:USB Network as Drive / Disconnecting Drive

Unshare the drive and you should be able to disconnect it.

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The company response to the threat of Ransomware virus, Ths Client PC (Win7 pro) will be changed to use UNC path in the user's links that replace originally network drive mapping (EX: j / k / h) .
Every user's logonScript will execute "NET USE * / DELETE / YES> NUL" to ensure that the client PC don't have network drives exist, but many users have been many shortcut icons on the desktop, these shortcuts are from previous network drive
mapping , when the user clicks these icons, these previous network drive mapping will automatically rebuilding.
There have tried to build a fake network drive mapping (EX: j / k / h) to broken these shortcuts linking network drive,but these shortcuts will automatically rebuilding new network drive mapping (EX: Z / Y / X ) to the original correct file server share
folder, so I wanted to ask if there are ways to prevent these old shortcuts automatically linked network drive infected file server. Please advise or tell me, is there any method you recommend?   Regards.

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Hello, recently here at work we've been having more and more trouble with the "Could not reconnect all network drives" popup when users log on to their computer. All network drives have a red cross on their icon in explorer. It's a wired network.
I've tried enabling the "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon" policy under Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/Logon in the Group Policy Editor, but this didn't help. Updating the driver for the network card also
didn't help.
Once a user clicks on a network drive it instantly becomes available and stays available until the next reboot. The problem is that users have got programs which rely on having connection to certain network folders. So now they first need to open windows
explorer and click on each network folder to get it connect before they can open their program.
I've noticed users getting this error more and more after changing from 3com switches to cisco 2960 switches.
Anyone any ideas? (Switching back to 3com switches isn't an option)

A:Red X (cross) over network drive on startup, Could not reconnect all network drives.

Hello, thanks for your help. I seem to have found the problem. The switches are configured for spanning tree, now after changing the port where I'm connected on to use spanning-tree portfast instead of normal spanning-tree the problem disappeared. It
seems the spanning-tree protocol causes a bit of a delay which explains why the network folders don't connect. But it also seems that the GPO
Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon.
Doesn't wait for a logical signal because if you read the GPO description I would expect it to wait for a network connection to our domain but it seems it only waits for a signal and not a domain signal, if you know what I mean.
Thanks again for your help.

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what up guys!! hope you are having a great week!
Ok, i have an XP Pro fresh install is on C drive
My DVD-RW is the D drive
and my CD-RW is the E drive

If i want to add a second Hard Disk, is it safe to change this second Hard Drive to D and reassigned the DVD to E, and the CD to F ?

thank you!

A:Drives letters!

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I have bought Windows XP and installing it over WindowME. Everything has been fine with the exception that now my
Second hard drive has F, the CD-ROM has D, and the CD-RW
has E (However when try to use the CD-RW it does not recognize
it as a CR-RW but as a CD-ROM). Before installing XP the drives
were : Hard Drive C, Hard Drive D, CD-RW E, and CR-ROM M.

Tried to remove XP and received info that could not be uninstalled.

Under Win 98 it was simple to change letters of drives using
Divice Manager choosing the Plus sign next to the drive then
clicking properties and choosing the startletter and End letter
you desire. Is there any such way in XP?

Thanks so much and best regards. Ken

A:Changing letters of drives

Login as Administrator - go to Administrator Tools - select computer management - select disk management and in the right hand pane select the one you want to change - if one has a drive assigned that you want to use - move it up - say D: is now the CD-Rom - change it to H: or something out of the way and then change your F: to D: and then change the CD-Rom back to whatever you want it to have and the same for the CD-RW - I hope this helps - I have done it this way myself and found it very easy.

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my cd-rw doesn't show any cd in drive and shows it is the D drive and not the E drive as should be , I went into administrator tools and went to change it, but it only shows cd-rw changes are D to F,G,H,-etc. then it gives the option of remove D but you might have a problem later , any ideas of what is causing it to show up as D and not working at all -Thanks in advance

A:(XP)change letters on cd-r,cd-rw drives

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I'm not sure how this happened, but post-virus, my computer has undergone a LOT of changes. Just like the title says, each drive now shows up as double letters.

For example: SYSTEM (C (C DATE (D (D USB (K (K
Any idea why this is happening or how to change it back?

A:Solved: All drives now have 2 letters

is the virus completely removed?

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There is a computer that I am working on. It has been set so that it has an internal Zip 100 drive identified as Drive D. It has a CD-ROM as Drive E. Also, it has a CD burner as Drive F.
I have been trying to reinstall some components from an MS Office 97 CD. By default, the software CD trys to read from Drive D, but of course, it doesn't find anything there.
What should I do? Can I rename the drive letters? If so, how?
Or, should I somehow change a setting so that the software CD would seek out Drive E.
This is a computer running Windows 95 as the OS.
Thanks for the help.

A:Disk Drives and ID Letters

Windows 95 I don't know, you can do it in win XP for sure. Try the control panel and go to system. Click on the properties for your drive and it might let you but being a PC engineer I should have more knowledge on 95, sorry I cant offer mutch help

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As you can see, I have drives F G H I J K P without anything in them.How do I make it so that it will not show those drives if they dont have anything plugged in them?For example:Drive G contains nothing in it. I would like it to be hidden from explorer, until I plug something into it, and then it will hide if I remove that thing from it.

A:How do I hide drives?


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You know how in Windows XP, you can map a drive letter to a network share? Well, that only allows you to map 26 drives, minus your system drives. So is there a program I can download that will map one network drive, and when I go into it, I see folders, and when I go into a folder, it is going to a network location?

So what would normally be one network drive mapped to a drive letter is then viewed as one drive letter with folders, each of which point to seperate shares, and therefore, by the way, the permissions stay intact too, because it's accessing the shares.

My whole problem in this case, is that I've got more than 26 drives I need to share, and at least one user, needs them all mapped at one time. So if I simply viewed it as a single mapped drive in that case, it would work perfectly.

A:Solved: Map Several Network Drives to One Drive Letter

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hey, im on a laptop with 1 removable drive where i have a dvd/cdrw drive. after, i think, installing this program called cdspace 4 which makes iso image files, i swapped my floppy drive and put in my cdrw drive. then my laptop went crazy, and my regular cd rom changed from D to E, and some new drive F was created too! i was confused on what was going on, but now i tried removing the cd rw drive and now the F drive is gone and theres only a D and an E. my question is, y did it change like this, and how can i get my cdrom drive, which is now E but is SUPPOSED to be D, switch back to D, and get my cdrw to be E, like it was before? ok thx

A:my comp switched the letters of my cd rom drives, plz help


This cdspace 4 is a program that create a virtual CD, it usually takes the D letter since it is the default D drive when you only have a standard setting (1 floppy, 1 Hard disk and 1 Cd drive), what happens is that it will create virtual CD to be placed in D letter so that you will be able to free up your real CD for other purposes, the reason behind this is that you can write files to your virtual CD and the computer will detect it as a content on the CD and will run them as it would normally run a CD file (note: some programs needs to be accessed by CD in order to run), this manner you will be able to utilize your physical CD for other task, you also have the option on that program to create other drives, since the virtual CD tookup the letter D, the computer will then assign the next letter to a physical CD drive which is your real one. You will notice this "pushing" of drive letter when you also have a partitioned drive or a separate one installed.
You can either uninstall the software or rather check it's reference manual from help on how to go about this settings, however, I believe that the virtual CD will still default as D and your other physical drives will push one letter ahead. I might be also wrong.

You may also want to refer to this site


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Last summer we bought 120 HP Probooks 6570b running Windows 7 Pro. I been running into a issue with our mapped network drives on our server. We have these drives so that people can save their files to and take from. For whatever reason whenever you try to access the drive to either share or pull files from, it will randomly disconnect saying that it cannot find/access the "S" drive. Sometimes it takes 5 seconds to disconnect sometimes a few minutes (pretty random) but it definitely disconnects if more than a few people try pulling a file from it. None of the other laptops/workstations in the building are having this issue. These are working right off the wifi by the way and I know we have plenty of access points close enough to the laptops. So far what I have tried is this (suggested by HP support):
-Update to the most current Wifi Driver
-Update the BIOS firmware
-Went into Device Manager >Power Management Options for the wifi and unchecked "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power"
-Went into regedit > HKLM> system >CurrentControlSet> services > LanmanWorkstation > Parameters > and added DWORD 32bit > KeepConn for 15180. I googled this, this step supposedly tells the computer to hold its network connection for a full day. Still didn't work.
At this point I am scratching my head and HP has basically given up on helping me with this. None of our other computers regardless of how new or old are ha... Read more

A:Mapped Drives Disconnecting?

Is your problem that some PCs are losing their network connection or that they are losing the mapped drive?

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Is it possible to disconnect a SATA drive thru GUI (with the effect of also powering-down the drive)? Kind of like (loosely) ejecting an optical media (right-click optical drive icon -> eject) or (more closely) disconnecting a USB device (Safely Remove Hardware -> Stop). At the same time, again thru GUI, reconnect or re-enable the SATA drive (the drive has not been physically disconnected since being "diconnected").

I have several SATA drives and, for most of the time, are not accessed (but are simultaneously used when needed). Being able to disconnect them (and power them down) when not needed saves power and extends the life of the drive (unless, ofcourse, frequently disconnected/reconnected). Setting the Power Options -> Turn off harddisks settings won't work since, mostly, any service/software polling the drives will just power them back on (resulting in inceased wear). In some cases these services/software, if they can be identified at all, doesn't always have the option to disable polling.

Putting the drives on removable bays is one option, but is costly and consumes a lot of space (as the number of drives increase, in cases where multiple drives must be accessed simultaneously).

If it can't be done natively in Vista, how about any 3rd party software?


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Hello, I usually work with hidden files enabled, and would like to hide empty drives, but it seems my Win 10 Single Language doesn't have this feature, is this normal?

A:hide empty drives

Hello myuption,

If you like, the tutorial below can help show you how to.

Drives - Hide or Show Empty Drives in Computer Folder - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Hi all

I have two hard drives in my computer, each with an install of XP, running dual booted. My question is how do I disable access to the other drives? As in, if I am running one version of windows I don't want the ability to access the other hard drive, and vice versa. I mean no access at all, programs cannot read/write to them, etc.

If I disable the other drive from within one version of windows then it isn't happy when I then try to run from that drive.

I'm not great with words so I hope that made the slightest iota of sense :)

A:Hide other drives from different partitions

I'm not sure that it is actually possible unless you have two different user names, one for each drive / installation then set permissions for access etc to the drives (not sure if it works with drives but most definitely with contents) to only a single user in each drive.

Personally I would NOT have created a dual boot system for what you are trying to do, just 2 installs and disconnect the drive I didn't want to boot from.

lets see what the other guys have to say .. I also might learn something new, it wouldn't be the first time!

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In the past, I was able to hide disk drives with TweakUI in Windows XP. I recently ran ComboFix to help to clean a rootkit infection I had, and now the drive that I had hidden is always visible. I've tried re-installing TweakUI, editing the registry manually, and using the DiskPart tool from the command prompt. Nothing will hide the drive anymore.

What may have happened? How can I restore the ability to hide a disk drive?

Thanks in advance.

A:Unable to hide drives

I recently ran ComboFixDid you run it on your own?

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I'm trying to reduce the clutter in Computer explorer window. I can't "Hide Empty Drives" so that all those little memory stick thingies don't show when they are empty. If anyone knows the secret I'd appreciate it.

Only good thing is I tried reenabling Shell Hardware Detection and as a reward my Seagate external USB drive now has an icon that looks just like it!! Whoopie!!!

A:Hide empty drives?

Hallo MilesAhead, you could go into Disk Managment and remove the drive letter.

It will mean if you want to unhide you will just have to reassign a drive letter to it again

Drive - Hide or Unhide

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I have an issue and cannot find an alternative. Using Active Directory Group Policy Management.
Prevent access to drives from My Computer Restrict C drive only

In Windows XP this policy works as expected.

In Windows 7 this policy hides everything in the Users' profile "My Documents" and even when I changed it to c:\profiles.

Odd thing is, if you save a document to the "Desktop", you can see the saved documents.

If would like to find the alternative of this policy for Windows 7?

A:GPO Prevent access to drives from My Computer


See if you can follow this instruction. I've also attached an image, this is from Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise GPO.

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Hi there,

I installed a second HDD on my laptop that can have up to 4 different HDD. I have a XP running on the first HDD. I just installed Windows 7 Premium 32bit on the second HDD. When the installation was done, Windows 7 can see and access the folders/files/drives from the first HDD. How do I restrict this? I knew how to do this with XP but I can't figure out how to do this with Windows 7. Basically, I don't want the Windows 7/Second HDD interacting with the first. Any help regarding this would be very helpful!

Thank you

A:Prevent Windows 7 from accessing/seeing other drives?

Have you tried removing the XP drive letter in Win7 Disk management?

Are you booting via the BIOS Boot order or one time BIOS Boot Menu key? This is cleaner than having Windows configure a Dual Boot which interlocks the HDs and requires surgery to remove one.

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Is there any method/software which can prevent viruses from entering USB drives from an infected computer?

One of them i use is Flash_Disinfector.exe which creates an autorun.inf folder on the USB drive preventing bad autorun.inf scripts.

Any other method/software anyone knows?

A:How to prevent viruses from entering USB drives

Another software I know is Panda USB Vaccine.http://research.pandasecurity.com/archive/...un-Vaccine.aspx

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New to the site and hoping to get some help. I am trying to set up an external HDD on Network Drives in my office. I have selected the tab to share the file on the network and all that. I notice it comes up as "E:" and that is not an option to choose from when I select Map Network Drive. Where it asks for the folder I put in \\Server\name of new drive. It keeps saying "Network path can not be found". I have tried to put the ip in and then the name of the new drive, like so: \\\name of new drive. Still can't be found. I have the hand also showing under the drive indicating that it CAN be shared. I formated the drive to NTFS as are the drives on the network.

I'm not a pro when it comes to networking and I don't know if I'm asking a stupid question here but any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:Can't set up new My Book External Hard Drive On Network Drives

Try this simple guide: (One of MS better guides I believe)

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