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Windows 7: Drive appears in my computer but doesn't exist

08 Jan 2015   #1
M0bstr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Drive appears in my computer but doesn't exist

My old drive recently broke down and luckily I was able to recover most of the data. I've since put a new drive in and it has a different drive letter (E:). However, the old drive (F:) still appears in my computer, when I open the drive, there are different files. I have no idea where those files come from but I can't modify it, it shows an error with Location is not available. I want to remove this drive, what do I do?


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08 Jan 2015   #2
CKWD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi there M0bstr!

So you have this E: drive disconnected? And it still appears with its drive letter? Does your new drive work as it should?

This looks like a ghost drive case. Can you post a screen shot of both My Computer and Disk Management where the ghost drive appears?

Does it appear also in Device Manager? If so, I think this would help you:

1. Go to Device Manager
2. Pull down the View menu
3. Select hidden devices, to look everywhere for the ghost drive
4. If you find it, it most probably should look translucent or faded
5. Right click on it and select Uninstall

I hope this helps!

CK_WD

P.S.: Be very careful when uninstalling storage devices like this, make sure it's the right one and that it is really disconnected and what you see is actually a ghost drive!
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08 Jan 2015   #3
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Post a screenshot first before you delete anything its possible when changing disks you have revealed a hidden partition or recovery partition that should not have a drive letter assigned and was invisible before but may still belong there
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08 Jan 2015   #4
M0bstr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks. But I couldn't find the drive in device manager. The new drive is working, but I am trying to install AutoCAD and when installing, it shows "invalid drive F:", and suddenly, this ghost drive shows up in my computer and I want to remove it.
Here are the Screenshots:


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08 Jan 2015   #5
CKWD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thank you for the screenshots!

Well, it's clearly shown that your ghost drive appears only in My Computer. It's not in Disk Management, and as you say, it's also not in Device Manager.

Can you try and open it or anything that may be in there to see the errors that appear? Post a screenshot? Does this drive F: give you any options under Properties?

If I understood correctly, you wanted to install AutoCAD on the new E: drive (which already has some information on it) but it gave you an error about F: drive (non-existent)?
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08 Jan 2015   #6
M0bstr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yes. I want to install AutoCAD in drive E which worked when I installed many other programs and it gives me an error about the drive F, which is non-existent.
Here are all the files in the drive. Most of it are system configuration files and it seems like its random files from the other drives, I can't open most of the files, except for the fonts in the fonts folder. However, I couldn't delete or modify any files in anyway.


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08 Jan 2015   #7
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

It appears to be a duplicate of your C drive - Capacity, Free space
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08 Jan 2015   #8
M0bstr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
It appears to be a duplicate of your C drive
No. All the screenshots are from the F drive, but the files do seem like they come from the C drive.
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08 Jan 2015   #9
CKWD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I do too think that this is some sort of duplicate to the System Reserved, or C: drive.
Have you tried to clone your F: drive to the E: drive before all this?
I would suggest unplugging from the Internet and then doing a System Restore. See if that helps.

Good luck!

CK_WD
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08 Jan 2015   #10
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I know that is your F drive.. But just see the capacity and free space. It reflects your C drive in that - same as your C drive.. That is what I meant. What exactly is happening? - I am just pulling out my hair.
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