External USB SSD = Local Disk


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File Explorer usually and properly shows in the navigation pane an external USB SSD as WD001 (D:) for example.

But sometimes the external USB SSD is shown as Local Disk (D:)

I have yet to experience a negative impact, but I am curious why it happens and how I can make it not happen.
 

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Same here Haydon. Just so I would recognize it as removable I assigned mine a custom icon that looks like a usb thumb drive.
 

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It ought only to show it without its WD001 label for a few moments after it is connected.
I assume you can refresh the view [F5 or right-click, Refresh] to force it to be shown as WD001.

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Thanks, folks, it will be a while before I can respond, the phenomenon happens only occasionally, and I don't know how to artificially induce it.
 

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I relabel my USB drives in File Explorer or in Command Prompt [DOS command of Label] , either using their capacity [StoreNGo 64GB], a type of file such as Fonts when storing them only, Music for that only, etc. There are times that simply plugging a drive into a different port from last time changes things.
 

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I relabel my USB drives in File Explorer or in Command Prompt [DOS command of Label] , either using their capacity [StoreNGo 64GB], a type of file such as Fonts when storing them only, Music for that only, etc. There are times that simply plugging a drive into a different port from last time changes things.
I think we need to understand better what File Explorer does.
 

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I have not seen this before. A USB is labelled as local because it is connected directly to the computer. The opposite (remote disk) would be a shared folder, a NAS device or other remote storage. I haven't noticed a USB disk to switch between two descriptions.
 

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I have not seen this before.
Neither have I, or at least I've never noticed it. The only time I see the drives listed as Local is when I click on properties.
 

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I see it in the few seconds during which Windows is detecting & reading an external drive [when you see its lamp slowly flashing, if it has one].
Disk listed as Local drive in the seconds during detection.png
When it's been read, its allocated drive label appears in place of Local disk.

I think this has always been the case.
I'd only start worrying if, for no apparent reason, the system was so heavily loaded that I could see this happening with a small external drive.


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The Local Disk phenomenon of an external USB SSD struck again, see the first pic below. The improper label in File Explorer is permanent.
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I then ejected the external USB SSD, plugged it out and back in, and it's the second pic below which is as it should be.
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As I said in my OP, I have yet to experience any negative impact of this occasional phenomenon, but it makes no rhyme nor reason.
 

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@Haydon, FYI I notice one of your external drives is Western Digital. I have one as well and it's driver kept me from turning on memory integrity. Today, I noticed a driver update in windows update for it. This new driver may fix the issue with memory integrity (if you use it)
 

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@Haydon, FYI I notice one of your external drives is Western Digital. I have one as well and it's driver kept me from turning on memory integrity. Today, I noticed a driver update in windows update for it. This new driver may fix the issue with memory integrity (if you use it)
Thanks, but I can't turn on my Memory Integrity because of
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I then went to Device Manager which says that I already have the best driver installed for that device, and that's as far as I am willing to go (I don't want the cure to be worse than the very slight illness) Moreover, I see the occasional 'Local Disk' phenomenon with my other USB SSDs from Seagate and Samsung as well. Curiously, the phenomenon never happened with my plain USB flash drives 🤷‍♂️ So, I think that the phenomenon has to do with the devices being USB SSDs rather than with device drivers, but I can of course not be positive either 🤷‍♂️
 

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