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Windows 7: Mystery Drive (Q:)


20 Jan 2010   #1

windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Mystery Drive (Q:)

Hello All,

I was hoping someone here might be able to help me out with this mystery. Recently i have had a hard drive show up on my system and have no idea where it came from. It's identified as Local Disk Q: when i click on computer in start menu or open Explorer with Windows+E command. I cant actually access the drive and it has 0 space available/used. I haven't installed any programs very recently or made any changes other than general maintenance. it just seems to have showed up for no reason. i do have a good knowledge of computer but by no means am i an expert so any ideas will be appreciated. let me know if any more info is needed, and thx in advance.


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20 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by prc292 View Post
Hello All,

I was hoping someone here might be able to help me out with this mystery. Recently i have had a hard drive show up on my system and have no idea where it came from. It's identified as Local Disk Q: when i click on computer in start menu or open Explorer with Windows+E command. I cant actually access the drive and it has 0 space available/used. I haven't installed any programs very recently or made any changes other than general maintenance. it just seems to have showed up for no reason. i do have a good knowledge of computer but by no means am i an expert so any ideas will be appreciated. let me know if any more info is needed, and thx in advance.
Probably a virtual drive.
Can you post a screen shot of your disk management?
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20 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hey there

I agree with ^

Did you install any virtual drives such as Daemon Tools or Poweriso?
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20 Jan 2010   #4

windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

No i haven't installed daemon tools on this system, although i do use the program on others. it's really weird because i haven't installed anything recently except for the Office 2010 beta. it was the home and business version. i cant see how that could have done it. but here is a capture of Disk Management. It dosen't show up there though. Also a capture of My Computer where it does show up. i hope these screen grabs are good. i honestly never uploaded any here before.


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20 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by prc292 View Post
No i haven't installed daemon tools on this system, although i do use the program on others. it's really weird because i haven't installed anything recently except for the Office 2010 beta. it was the home and business version. i cant see how that could have done it. but here is a capture of Disk Management. It dosen't show up there though. Also a capture of My Computer where it does show up. i hope these screen grabs are good. i honestly never uploaded any here before.
Odd

What options do you get when you right click the Q drive?
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20 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

what happens when you take out the USB drive. does the Q: go away?
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20 Jan 2010   #7

windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

When i Right click the drive it just gives me the standard options like Expand,share,copy,format, and properties. but i cant open the drive. it says that it is not accessible. I clicked on format just for the heck of it and it says i don't have permission. Also, i did try shutting down the USB drive and no difference. here is a grab of the properties window.


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20 Jan 2010   #8

7 hp
 
 

I bet you have a USB or network printer with a sd card slot.

Mystery solved?
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20 Jan 2010   #9

windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Nope, the only thing hooked to this computer is a USB Hard Drive. It's an older computer mainly used for web surfing. it dosent have a card reader.
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20 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Under control panel>device manager what is listed under disk drives and DVD/CD-ROM drives?
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