How to remove Floppy drive icon from Windows explorer ?

All Windows by default, show a Floppy drive icon in Windows Explorer (My computer) even if there is no floppy drive installed on your machine.

Before

After

This also happened in my Windows 7 RC, which showed a Floppy drive even there’s no floppy drive on my PC. Below is an easy way to hide that boring floppy drive icon from explorer.

1) Just open Device manager in Windows. Use shortcut, by typing devmgmt.msc in Run or search bar.

2) You’ll see an entry there as “Floppy disk drives”. Open the properties of its sub entry which is named as Floppy disk drive.

Open its sub-entry

3) Under Properties, go to Driver tab and select the Disable button. It’ll ask for confirmation, click Yes. Then Click OK.

Disable the device

4) That’s all. Now you’ll not see Floppy drive icon in Windows Explorer. You can easily enable it later if required.

Mayur

Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter where he is extremely active.

12 Responses

  1. Jaspreet says:

    Nice Trick. Thanks 🙂

  2. Jeannie says:

    not only for floppy icon, but other drives you never want to show
    have always used hdhide.exe
    free

    safe, effective,small in size, and fast
    [code]
    http://mail.sharewareconnection.com/hdhide-hide-drives-hide.htm
    [/code]

  3. Bobby says:

    Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Pavan Kumar says:

    Well, many tweaking programs are available.. I never encountered such problem that a non existent drive showing up in My Computer. Anyways, I am not a win7 user yet.. 😛

  5. Deon says:

    very helpful

  6. Anuska says:

    Thanks for the information

  7. Neo says:

    Thank you very much….Wanted to do this since ages!
    By the way im following u on twitter!

  8. Potato says:

    Thanks heaps for this, I was worried I was going to have to do something complicated, and that nonexistent drive was really bothering me. Simple fix!

  9. Benny says:

    Thanks…..

  10. pradeep says:

    thanq very much……….

  11. Nestor says:

    Nice, I just clicked on my floppy drive on my floppy-less computer and had to wait a few seconds for windows to figure out there was no floppy to read, so I decided to do something about it – 10 seconds later google sent me here, and 30 more the floppy was disabled. Thank you!

  12. Vinesh says:

    Thanks 🙂 very easy to disable

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