If I assign any drive to E:, it doesn't show in Windows Explorer. I can navigate to it explicitly by typing
E:\, but under "This PC" it never shows.
Disk 1 Data (E:) Basic 1863.01 GB NTFS 1863.02 GB Healthy (Primary Partition) Online
Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info ---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- -------- Volume 5 E Data NTFS Partition 1863 GB Healthy
\DosDevices\E: REG_BINARY 16 13 52 15 00 00 10 00 00 00 00 00
In drive properties -> Security, Authenticated Users have Modify and all lower permissions. Administrators have Full control.
If I assign this drive to F: either using Disk Management or Diskpart, it immediately shows up in Explorer. The drive is visible to some aspects of Windows. For example, in System Properties -> System Protection, Protection Settings, it knows about
(E:) Data (Protection is Off).
I tried deleting all the REG_BINARY values at the above registry key, and immediately restarted. This did nothing.
Notice that in DISKPART, it does not say Boot, System, or Hidden in the Info column.
If I assign this drive a different drive letter, then plug in any other mass storage device which takes the free E:, it does the exact same thing: I can navigate to it manually by typing
E:\ in the address bar of Windows Explorer. I can view it from a command prompt by typing
dir E:. But it does not show under "This PC".
This is a new computer. I used Laplink PCmover to transfer all my files, settings, and software. The old computer didn't have an E drive. The new computer showed the E drive okay before running PCmover. Laplink technical support has been unhelpful in attempting to resolve this problem.
I wonder if there could be some kind of MiniFilter driver running that is somehow intercepting the Windows drive letter enumeration and preventing E from showing?
I have uninstalled Laplink PCmover and restarted, but this did not resolve the problem.
I have F: and G: drives showing just fine in "This PC", and can switch them around--just whatever is E: doesn't show.
How do I get this or any device, when assigned to E:, to show in Explorer?