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How to hide removable drives from the Navigation Pane in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with so many new features and several different UI tweaks which are aimed to make your navigation across the Explorer much more easier. The developers at Microsoft thought it would be a great idea to show removeable drives in the left pane of the explorer window. This pane is known as Navigation pane. 

This is aimed to provide a faster access to the removeable drives but some people don’t like this change and they prefer the old layout where all the drives were listed and grouped under Computer/This PC. In this post we will tell you how to hide removable drives from the Navigation Pane in Windows 10 and prevent it from appearing in the file explorer.

We will just use a simple registry tweak to complete this. Without any further ado, let’s start.

How to hide removable drives from the Navigation Pane in Windows 10

Just follow the procedure that we have listed below and make sure you do not skip any of this or else this might even corrupt your whole system and your installation of Windows 10 won’t work properly.

  • We need to open Registry Editor. To open the registry editor, just press the Windows key + R simultaneously on your PC’s keyboard.
  • You will see that a new dialogue has popped up.
  • Now type regedit in this RUN dialogue box and press Enter press.
  • Now you will see a new window opening up which will be the Registry Editor.
  • Now you have to navigate to the following registry key and make sure you go the the correct registry key.


  • Just simply rename the subkey {F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83} and add a hyphen ‘-‘ just before the key so the new name becomes -{F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}.

  • This is all you need to do.
  • Now just restart the PC and the task will be done.

So this is it. This is how to hide removable drives from the Navigation Pane in Windows 10. If you have any questions, just get them cleared in the comments section below.

About Ujjwal Kumar

Ujjwal is a Computer Engineer by Qualification but has been writing about Technology since 2012. He is just a simple guy who likes to be happy and likes to write various different kind of stuff. He loves to troubleshoot windows and write about Tutorials which help users in solving various Errors. You can contact him and share your thoughts about anything through ujjwalk308[at]gmail.com and catch him on twitter: @ExtraTechnical

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