How to View All Drives in “This PC” on Windows

Ben Stegner 15-11-2016

The hub for seeing all directories connected to your computer is This PC (or My Computer in older versions of Windows). It lets you access not only your internal drives, but any removable media connected to your PC like flash drives.


We’ve shown how to change the drive letters that Windows assigns Change & Delete Windows Drive Letters with DriveLetterView In Windows operating systems, hard drive partitions and external drives are identified by drive letters from A to Z. Some of the letters are reserved, but other partitions or optical drives are assigned subsequent letters.... Read More , but there’s another trick hiding inside a Windows setting. By default, you’ll only be able to see drives that you have currently connected to your system. If you want to be able to see all drives at all times, follow these steps.

Type Folder into the Start Menu to open the File Explorer Options menu. Click the View tab and scroll down to find Hide empty drives, which is probably checked. By unchecking this box, you’re telling Windows to show you all drives on your PC, even if they don’t have anything plugged into them.

If you’re changing this setting, you probably view This PC often. To get there more quickly, head back to the General tab and select This PC next to Open File Explorer to. This means that when you open a new File Explorer window from a shortcut or by pressing Windows key + E, it will open right to This PC instead of Quick Access.

You might not see any difference on This PC after making this change if you’re using all of your drives. One common scenario that might produce a blank drive is if your laptop has an SD card slot 7 Awesome Uses for an Old SD Card Whether your old SD card is a meager 64 MB or a massive 64 GB, various projects exist for you to make use of these storage cards. Read More that doesn’t have a card inside. If you often swap cards in that slot, it can help to have the drive in the same place every time using this setting instead of having it jump all around.


If you’re having trouble getting Windows to recognize an external drive in the first place, read how to fix that in Windows External Drive Not Showing Up or Recognized? 5 Potential Fixes to Try Is your external hard drive not showing up or being recognized in Windows? Here's how to fix a hard disk that's not detected. Read More .

Do you like having unused drives out of sight, or would you rather see them all the time? Let us know if you changed this setting in the comments!

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Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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