Unhide Empty Drives

Windows 7 by default hides empty drives in Windows Explorer and this may puzzle users looking for removable media drives (such as card readers). These do not show in the Computer folder if no media is inserted. However, there is an option to make these devices appear by following these simple steps:

  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.

Note, that this option doesn’t affect empty floppy disk drives, CD drives, or DVD drives.