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Windows 7: unknown local disk Q

06 Feb 2010   #1
wheresjerry

Windows Seven 64 bit
 
 
unknown local disk Q

Help! This unknown "Local Disk Q" just showed up this morning, and my regular external drive was gone. I reconnected my external to another port, and that went fine, but this locall disk q remains, and can not be accessed, changed, removed, etc. I scanned for virus's, and all seems ok. How can I remove this, and where did it come from?


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06 Feb 2010   #2
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Does it show up in Disk management?
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06 Feb 2010   #3
wheresjerry

Windows Seven 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
Does it show up in Disk management?


no, it does not......
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06 Feb 2010   #4
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Have you recently installed Office 2010? If you read this thread it might help,
Extra Drives showing up in explorer
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06 Feb 2010   #5
wheresjerry

Windows Seven 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Have you recently installed Office 2010? If you read this thread it might help,
Extra Drives showing up in explorer

Microsoft debuts 'streaming' Office 2010 beta

Unveils second suite preview, admits possible problems with 'Click-To-Run' processTags | Microsoft | beta

Microsoft launched the beta of Office Home and Business 2010 over the weekend and is delivering the preview using its new "streaming" download technology.
The beta was the second that Microsoft made available to the general public, and followed the enterprise-grade Office Professional Plus 2010 test edition that it unveiled last week .
Microsoft's move came just three days after it sent invitations to a small group of people asking them to test Home and Business.
The preview gives the general public a chance to try one of the three editions Microsoft will sell at retail, and includes Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Microsoft has not yet set prices for Office 2010, or slated a ship date more specific than sometime during the first half of 2010.
Home and Business is the first beta of Office 2010 that Microsoft is delivering via its Click-To-Run system, which "streams" pieces of the suite as users begin a download, letting them start working with the suite in minutes. While users work with the trial, the remainder of the code is downloaded in the background. The technology also places Home and Business in a virtualized environment, separating it from the rest of Windows by running its applications from a virtual "Q:" drive.



I found the above in an article while searching around....it was created w/ install....now how do I hide it?
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06 Feb 2010   #6
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wheresjerry View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Have you recently installed Office 2010? If you read this thread it might help,
Extra Drives showing up in explorer

Microsoft debuts 'streaming' Office 2010 beta


Unveils second suite preview, admits possible problems with 'Click-To-Run' processTags | Microsoft | beta

Microsoft launched the beta of Office Home and Business 2010 over the weekend and is delivering the preview using its new "streaming" download technology.
The beta was the second that Microsoft made available to the general public, and followed the enterprise-grade Office Professional Plus 2010 test edition that it unveiled last week .
Microsoft's move came just three days after it sent invitations to a small group of people asking them to test Home and Business.
The preview gives the general public a chance to try one of the three editions Microsoft will sell at retail, and includes Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Microsoft has not yet set prices for Office 2010, or slated a ship date more specific than sometime during the first half of 2010.
Home and Business is the first beta of Office 2010 that Microsoft is delivering via its Click-To-Run system, which "streams" pieces of the suite as users begin a download, letting them start working with the suite in minutes. While users work with the trial, the remainder of the code is downloaded in the background. The technology also places Home and Business in a virtualized environment, separating it from the rest of Windows by running its applications from a virtual "Q:" drive.



I found the above in an article while searching around....it was created w/ install....now how do I hide it?

There is a link in that post above that has more info on that.
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06 Feb 2010   #7
tapuz

windows 8.1 pro
 
 

i was just about to ask the question where my q drive came from.
thanks for the information.
i have been using a small program to hide it, named "drivehide" , works great, i just got nervous what this q drive was all about.

any way to fix it correctly ?
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06 Feb 2010   #8
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

There is nothing to fix - the virtual drive Q is behaving exactly as it was designed to do

basically Microsoft have mapped the install location for the click to run beta to a virtual drive rather than installing in a program files folder, Not sure exactly why they chose this method, but I'm sure it seemed a good idea at the time
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06 Feb 2010   #9
jcgriff2

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

Yep... Office 2010 beta is the source of the mysterious Q drive.
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02 Mar 2010   #10
zer0n

W7 Prof x64
 
 

I personally prefer not to install other applications to get rid of applications therefore the solution for me was:

Run > regedit > navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value
Name = NoDrives
Value = 65536 (Decimal)

Close > Complete!
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