Remove duplicate Drive Letter entry from Windows 10 File Explorer

Users on Windows 10 may notice that the same Drive letter may get listed twice while opening the File Explorer – Once under This PC and again separately as a Removable Drive. At times, even the Hard Drives appear twice. If you’re seeing duplicate drives in File Explorer, you can stop Windows 10 from showing the USB drive twice, by following this tutorial.

Remove duplicate Drive Letter entry from Explorer

Remove duplicate Drive Letter entry from Explorer

Please note that the method involves introducing changes in the registry editor. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using it. So create a system restore point before proceeding further.

In the search box of the Windows 10 taskbar type regedit, and then press Enter key to bring up the Registry Editor. Alternatively, press Win+R  to bring up the Run dialog box, type ‘regedit’ and hit Enter key.

In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following Path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders

Under DelegateFolder key you should find the following key – {F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}.

delegated folders

Right-click on {F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83} key and then click the Delete button to delete the key. When prompted with a confirmation dialog, click Yes button to delete the key.

Deleting the key should remove extra USB drive entry from File Explorer in Windows 10.

If you are running Windows 10 64-bit, do the same thing here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders

However, if you still notice the drive entry appearing twice, simply sign out from your account and sign in, or restart Windows Explorer once again. To do so, open Task Manager, click More details, Find the General tab, under it locate Windows Explorer entry, right-click on the entry and then click Restart.

Let us know if the method worked for you by writing in the comments section below.

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