Windows Explorer Won't Recognize G, H, I, J and K Drives

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    You know those slots in the front of your computer that you stick your various chips into from your cameras? You know - when you want to put photos onto your hard drive?

    What are those drives called? I know they have letter designations. On my computer, they are called G, H, I, J, and K drives. That's not what I mean. I mean, what are the drives themselves called?

    For example, the hard drive is called - a hard drive. The CDRom drives are called CDRom drives. What are the "photo chip" drives called?

    Here's why I ask . . . In order to work with the photos on those chips, you have to stick the chip into the computer and then go into Windows Explorer (or My Computer). Once in WE, you have to navigate to the drive where the photos are contained and then copy or move them from that drive (i.e., from the chip itself) into directories you have created on your hard drive. At least, that's they way I do it.

    My problem is that, most of the time, when I stick the chip in there and then open up Windows Explorer, I can't find G, H, I, J and K drives anywhere. I navigate all over the place, and they flat are not there. Windows Explorer is not recognizing them. If I reboot, however, Windows Explorer will then recognize drives G, H, I, J and K, and I can go ahead and copy or move my photos to wherever I want.

    I shouldn't have to do that - obviously.

    So my first question is - what's going on and what can I do to correct the problem so that Windows Explorer will recognize drives G, H, I, J and K every time I open it up, without having to reboot in order to have that happen? BTW, I am running Vista Home.

    Second question - once again: what do you CALL those "chip drives"? I know there is a name for them, but I just can't seem to come up with it. Reason I ask is, that I want to Google the problem to see if I can find anything on the Internet about it but, without knowing the name of those drives, I'm not going to get very far.

    Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks.
     
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    They are called "memory card".
     
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    That is what the cards are called. I need to know what the DRIVES are called that receive the data from the memory cards when they are placed into the slots in the front of the computer.
     
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    They work basically just like a USB flash drive does.
    And should get assigned a drive letter when you plug a chip in them.
     
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    OK - so if I Google something like: "Windows Explorer failure to recognize flash drive Vista" or some such, I might get something? I'll give it a shot.
     
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    OK... first of all, it's Windows "Internet Explorer," and that's a program for viewing the internet, not working with your computer hardware.

    What you should do is click on "start" at the bottom left of your desk top, then click on "my computer." That should open a window with a directory of things on your computer, such as "files stored on this computer, hard disk drives, *DEVICES WITH REMOVABLE STORAGE*, other, and scanners and cameras." The F, G, H, I, J and K you mention should be listed under "Devices With Removable Storage." The drive you've inserted the storage device in should recognize it and show it. You then should be able to click on that and open the storage device.

    That's the way I do it with the digital chip from my camera.
     
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    Umm Windows Explorer is a file system utility part of winderz.
    Not to be cornfused with windoze internet exploiter the web bruiser.
     
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    In my PC when I plug a chip in one of those slots I get a message that I have done so and look in "my computer" to see which drive letter it was assigned.
     
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    WRONG!! George is correct, there is a Windows Explorer , it is entirely different than Internet Explorer.


    George, if I understand you correctly it seems that your computer is not mapping to your drives correctly. You can manually map them. Give me a little more detail on what your problem is though so we can fix it.
     
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    OK... whatever superman... you take over.
     

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