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Windows 7: Extra Drives showing up in explorer

18 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Extra Drives showing up in explorer



Here's a screenshot of what i mean. Q shouldnt exist and yet, it does. Also the size of the drive is 0 bytes.. I dont know how long it's been there..but it's bothering me. Could it be due to a virus? I scanned with Avira, malwarebytes anti-malware and superantispyware. They couldnt find anything. Should i be worried?

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18 Dec 2009   #2

Win7
 
 

sounds like your drive is partitioned into more drives than you thought?

drive letters aren't the result of viruses.
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18 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dave1812 View Post
sounds like your drive is partitioned into more drives than you thought?

drive letters aren't the result of viruses.
If what you are saying is true then shouldnt Q:\ show up here?



I only see F and C..no Q
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18 Dec 2009   #4

Win7
 
 

so you are going to dribble out information little by little so that you can argue?? I'm done.
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18 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I can't see why it would have the directory "Q" unless someone gave it the letter.

Could it be a card reader, or printer with a card reader.....

If someone else has access to this computer, I would ask them what changes they have made.
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18 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dave1812 View Post
so you are going to dribble out information little by little so that you can argue?? I'm done.
No. I didnt mean anything offensive by that. Im just trying to figure out whats going on with my computer. Because it's unusual to have a random drive pop up when i didnt create it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
I can't see why it would have the directory "Q" unless someone gave it the letter.

Could it be a card reader, or printer with a card reader.....

If someone else has access to this computer, I would ask them what changes they have made.
Im the only one with access to the computer the only time i messed with the partitions was about half an ago because im attempting a dual-boot. I dont have a printer installed. No usb keys. No usb drives. I just discovered that i have a card reader on the side of my laptop. There was No Q:\ when i had vista installed( OS that came with laptop). When i installed 7 it wasnt there either. I think it appeared around the time i installed the Office 2010 beta. Could that have something to do with it?
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18 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrMcninja View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dave1812 View Post
so you are going to dribble out information little by little so that you can argue?? I'm done.
No. I didnt mean anything offensive by that. Im just trying to figure out whats going on with my computer. Because it's unusual to have a random drive pop up when i didnt create it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
I can't see why it would have the directory "Q" unless someone gave it the letter.

Could it be a card reader, or printer with a card reader.....

If someone else has access to this computer, I would ask them what changes they have made.
Im the only one with access to the computer the only time i messed with the partitions was about half an ago because im attempting a dual-boot. I dont have a printer installed. No usb keys. No usb drives. I just discovered that i have a card reader on the side of my laptop. There was No Q:\ when i had vista installed( OS that came with laptop). When i installed 7 it wasnt there either. I think it appeared around the time i installed the Office 2010 beta. Could that have something to do with it?
Yes, it's the Office 2010 beta. It uses "Click to run" technology.
Office 2010 Beta Click-to-Run causes Q Drive issue! - dslreports.com
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18 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you very much for the clarification dnorris
At least now i know its nothing malicious. Is there any way i can at least hide the Q drive?
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