Fix: USB Drive is Appearing Twice in File Explorer


Although, Windows 10 is full of new features and options and but you can still find some bugs in this version of Windows. Not only just Windows 10, but also you can find some error in different version of Windows. On the other hand, Windows is a very easy to use operating system for any kind of people. Most of the people opt for Windows because it is cheaper and comes with more free software developed by thousands of developers from around the globe.

Anyway, when you plug in your USB drive, you can certainly find it in This PC area as well as in File Explorer. When you are on File Explorer page, you can check your left side navigation bar, where you should find the USB drive. Generally, this feature comes with all version of Windows. This is a very useful feature that helps users to copy something faster. You can expand the USB drive and copy something to this. This is also possible to move files from pen drive or any USB drive to your computer.

But, in Windows 10, you can find two different USB drive icons in File Explorer’s navigation bar. There is a reason behind this and this is not a bug at all. Actually, Windows 10 displays This PC, Quick Access, One Drive as well as plugged in USB drive in the File Explorer. Now, as This PC also captures the plugged in USB drives, you can find it twice in File Explorer.


USB Drive is Appearing Twice in File Explorer

Therefore, if you are getting similar issues and do not want to display USB drive twice in File Explorer, here is a solution. You can easily hide one USB drive icon from File Explorer. This time, we are going to use Registry Editor and you do not have to install any third party software. Therefore, you can hide the USB drive that appears as standalone icon in File Explorer. Now, let’s check out the following steps to get things done.

Fix: USB Drive is Appearing Twice in File Explorer

As mentioned before, you do not have to install any third party software. You can hide duplicate USB drive icon with the help of Registry Editor. This is very easy and not much time consuming. Therefore, at first, open Registry Editor. To do so, press Win + R, type regedit and hit enter. Alternatively, you can search for regedit in your Taskbar search bar. The same thing will be appeared on your screen.

Precaution: As you are going to make some change in Registry Editor, this is always a good practice to backup registry files and create a system restore point.

Now, after opening Registry Editor, navigate through the following path,

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

Here, you can find a key named {F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}.

Delete registry key to fix usb drive is appearing twice in file explorer

Right click on this key and delete it.

That’s it! Now you cannot find one of the USB drive icons in File Explorer.

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