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Windows 7: Location is not avalable F:\ refers to a location that is unavailable

16 Feb 2013   #1
frieslander

windows 7 home premium Service Pack 1
 
 
Location is not avalable F:\ refers to a location that is unavailable

I keep getting the error "Location is not avalable F:\ refers to a location that is unavailable........" in windows 7. Sometimes it shows as "SYSTEM (F) and other times as a picture of a drive with a question mark over it ans F:\. I have done a check disk and the command prompt "gpupdate /force" as suggested on a site but no luck.

I have looked at other solutions but nothing seems to pertain to my specific problem. Any help will be appreciated. I have attached screenshots.




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16 Feb 2013   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello and welcome freislander mate just download this and it should open up and show all the drives with their letters.
Partition Manager Server, server partition manager and partition magic server for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008. Server Partition software for Windows Server and None-Server partitions < handy tool to keep for later too.
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16 Feb 2013   #3
frieslander

windows 7 home premium Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for the welcome. I will try that advice tomorrow sometime, I am too tired and sleepy now. Us seniors need to be wide awake before we try anything LOL.

Thanks again, will post my results once I try it.
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17 Feb 2013   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by frieslander View Post
Thanks for the welcome. I will try that advice tomorrow sometime, I am too tired and sleepy now. Us seniors need to be wide awake before we try anything LOL.

Thanks again, will post my results once I try it.
Yep I know what you mean I'm one myself
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17 Feb 2013   #5
frieslander

windows 7 home premium Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Hello and welcome freislander mate just download this and it should open up and show all the drives with their letters.
Partition Manager Server, server partition manager and partition magic server for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008. Server Partition software for Windows Server and None-Server partitions < handy tool to keep for later too.
I downloaded the Partition Wizard but it does not show the F: partition (see Shot1).
Here is the strange part, as I watch the screen in File Explorer mode the "F:/" will show and then suddenly disappear for a second and then re-appear(see Shot2 and Shot3). After a few minutes it will move up the tree to the spot shown in Shot4.
I have a feeling that maybe I pulled a SD card or USB stick out without ejecting it. This problem has been going on for some months but I was blaming Nero Burning ROM as that is where I always noticed instability in the file trees popping up and down. Just lately did I notice it in File Explorer.
I have a desktop, a laptop, a 10" Acer tablet and a 7" Acer tablet so I have not spend a lot of time on this desktop PC. Now that I know I have a problem it is just BUGGING me.


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18 Feb 2013   #6
frieslander

windows 7 home premium Service Pack 1
 
 

Any ideas anyone?
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18 Feb 2013   #7
RJsDad

Windows 7 Home Premium (32), SP1
 
 
Verrry Interrrezting........

Just happened to be cruising the forum when this thread caught my attention, and I said to myself.."Self, this sounds damn familiar." Seems my system grew an F:\ ghost drive when I wasn't looking. Not a real problem, but a damn nuisance none the less. So I think I'll try the fix myself, and report my findings....
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18 Feb 2013   #8
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Sorry late reply freislander mate been working. In that PW shot did you scroll down where it says Disk 1 / 2 /3 ? to the bottom?

Plus in the very first post with that System F: did you try right clicking on that?
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18 Feb 2013   #9
frieslander

windows 7 home premium Service Pack 1
 
 

No matter which F drive I clicked on it showed the same error. And it kept popping in and out from view. First it showed further down the expanded file tree and then it would suddenly shift to the top and stay there.

I decided to re-install Windows 7 and am working on it now. Ran into problems as soon as I installed Avast UGH! Found out that even if one refuses Norton it will still be installed in the background. When I installed Avast I got the blue screen error. Uninstalling Norton fixed that.

Now I am in the process of installing all the drivers and programs, a chore.

Thanks for your help, did not realize you worked, like you said you were a senior also. I am retired, left the workforce at the age of 60 after just over 42 years at the same place.

Thanks again.
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18 Feb 2013   #10
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by frieslander View Post
No matter which F drive I clicked on it showed the same error. And it kept popping in and out from view. First it showed further down the expanded file tree and then it would suddenly shift to the top and stay there.

I decided to re-install Windows 7 and am working on it now. Ran into problems as soon as I installed Avast UGH! Found out that even if one refuses Norton it will still be installed in the background. When I installed Avast I got the blue screen error. Uninstalling Norton fixed that.

Now I am in the process of installing all the drivers and programs, a chore.

Thanks for your help, did not realize you worked, like you said you were a senior also. I am retired, left the workforce at the age of 60 after just over 42 years at the same place.

Thanks again.
No worries my friend am also just on retirement after 40+ nursing (RN).

Now you did use the Norton removal tool for getting rid of it? as all the AV's now have their own removal tools. I have found it is usually not much good doing that through Programs and Features or even the Revo app. As matter of fact even after using the Norton tool I have found Symantec entries in the registry - but don't go mucking about in there eh?.

Let us know how it goes.

John
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