Thursday, January 24, 2008

Remove A: from list of drives in Windows Explorer

Most computers today ship without a floppy drive. Yet, Windows Explorer does not detect this automatically and insists on displaying the floppy drive. And, if you click on it, or select it by mistake, it takes a few frustrating seconds to popup the "Insert disk" dialog (the one that says Please insert a disk into drive A:.)


To get rid of the drive entry in Explorer, the floppy disk controller in Device Manager must be disabled. The steps to do that are:

1. Start Device Manager by either going to Control Panel -> System -> Hardware Tab -> Device Manager or by running the command devmgmt.msc

2. Browse to Floppy Disk Controllers in the tree view and select Standard Floppy Disk controller. Ensure you are viewing Devices by Type (View -> Devices by type)

3. Right-click on Standard Floppy Disk controller and select Disable


4. Answer Yes to the dialog that asks you whether you want to really disable it or not.

That's it. Now you can comfortably press Win + E to bring up Explorer and use Arrow keys to navigate without A: bothering you ;)

To enable the floppy drive, right click on the "Standard floppy disk controller" in Device manager and select Enable.




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