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C: drive doesn't show up in My Computer

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Strange one here. I recently worked on a computer that was quite infested with malware. After getting everything cleaned up, there are two outstanding issues I hadn't seen before. First, the C: drive doesn't show up at all when I open My Computer. Second, when I open Explorer the C: drive is listed underneath the removable devices. This isn't a terrible thing, but I'm wondering what setting(s) might need to be changed to have the C: drive show up in My Computer again.


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  • Ben Blissett Aug 21, 2008

    Nope, no reload. When the malware problem got really bad, from what I understand, it started happening then. A top-to-bottom cleanup was performed, but no Windows Repair, System Restore, or reload occurred.


  • Ben Blissett Aug 21, 2008

    Thanks hockeyguyJC - but the drive letter for the primary partition/disk IS showing up as C:, just not being listed in the proper places.

    Sorry to hear about using Vista all this time - I'm working on another lovely Vista machine as we speak. :) (side-by-side, I might add, with a 98SE box)

  • djwildwes328 Nov 11, 2008

    I also cleaned my computer of malware and the result was the disappearance of the C: drive and the DVD rom. The only way to navigate to it is to go to windows explorer and type "C:" in the explorer. I assume it is hidden from the registry somewhere but don't know the right keys to go to. The only place it shows up is in disk management. Its not a life death situation but very annoying.


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I used to play this game in Vista all the time until they released a patch to make the drive letters stay where they are. It drove me crazy so to speak... Anyhow....

If you want to change the drive letters , on Windows XP take a look at this support document on how to change the drive letters:

If you are working with Windows Vista Click start, and then where it says start search, type in "Computer Management" and press enter. Then look for where it says Disk Management and you can play around with the letters from there.

Hope this helps some (P.S Ive been using Vista for a long time so my experience of XP is slowly fading away.)

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    Jason Carver Aug 21, 2008

    I forgot to add, when you see the list of drives, you right click each of the drive and then select Change Drive Letter.


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Did they reload the Windows OS on it?

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