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Missing drives

Missing drives

Missing drives

When I plug an SD card into my E drive, I am able to view the files that on it and load them into my Picassa program. When I'm through I can safely remove the card. When I insert another SD card in the same drive nothing happens. The drive is not accessable via My Computer. I have to reboot my computer to again see my E drive. I have an eMachines computer running XP Home edition. What am I doing wrong?

RE: Missing drives

Assuming this is Windows please tell us what version of windows this is. As it may vary a bit.

Again Assuming Windows, when you use the Safely remove wizard you are actually removing entire reader hardware a.k.a E: drive and not just the single card.

For Windows Vista and 7 you can go into the E: drive properties and change its settings to optimize for quick removal so you can just pull out the card.  

A PC word article also points to simply removing the card whilst making sure the activity led is off, and no applications may be using it.


Once you are done moving pictures in Picassa you could opt to close Picassa, or simply just make sure the activity led is off, and pull the card. Insert the next on and continue on.


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RE: Missing drives

You might want to check the Computer Management section of the Administrative Tools, it seems to me that there may be disk letter attribution issues.
Put in your SD card that does not show up and launch the Computer Management tool. Find the Storage/Disk Management section and ensure that your removable device has an unused letter attribution. Change letter if necessary.

Hope this helps,


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