Show All Drives (Even Empty Memory Card Slots) in Windows Explorer

Many new PC’s come with a memory card reader installed. When you open Windows Explorer, you can’t really where they are. Windows has an option in the Folder Options that allows you to view all the drives, along with the drive letters assigned to them. Follow these few easy steps to get this as default.

1. Open Control Panel. Start > Control Panel.

2. Open Folder Options.


3. Click the View tab. Then UN-Check the option that says “Hide empty drives in the Computer folder”. Then click OK.


4. Now, when you browse your computer using Windows Explorer, you will notice a few extra drives. Do note that if you try to open one without a card installed, you will get an error.

Dustin is the Head Editor of MSTechPages and has been awarded the 2011 Microsoft Community Contributor award. He is in the process of finishing up a book about Windows 7 Tips and Tweaks. Also, a free ebook for Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts is available on this site, with more printable "cheat sheets" coming soon. You can also find him in the Microsoft Community forums (also as a Community Moderator), Tech Support Guy forums, HardForum, and The Windows Club forums, among several others.
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