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Windows 7: Invalid Drive F:

21 Apr 2011   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Try a search on Nero or Nero KwikMedia to see what comes up.


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21 Apr 2011   #12
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shootist View Post
Look at this key in the registry

HKCU\Software\Microsift\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

And see if it is pointing to that phantom F drive.
I saw this key, just before returning to this thread, and it is pointing to F:, so I shall change it. However, since the libraries all currently show a path to C:, I would have thought that the F: key would have been ignored. There are a number of other keys that state a value name of F:\Documents, which doesn't appear to really be a file path. If I changed all of them to Cocuments, would that work?
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21 Apr 2011   #13
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Try a search on Nero or Nero KwikMedia to see what comes up.
There are Nero keys, but then I also have Nero 8 installed, which so far, I'm not aware of a problem with, and since Nero KwikMedia's installation failed, it didn't create a directory, so I don't think that it would have created any reg keys of it's own. However, I will look anyway.
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21 Apr 2011   #14
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shootist View Post
Look at this key in the registry

HKCU\Software\Microsift\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

And see if it is pointing to that phantom F drive.
I saw this key, just before returning to this thread, and it is pointing to F:, so I shall change it. However, since the libraries all currently show a path to C:, I would have thought that the F: key would have been ignored. There are a number of other keys that state a value name of F:\Documents, which doesn't appear to really be a file path. If I changed all of them to Cocuments, would that work?
Well it should work IF the documents folder is located at C:\Documents. And not its default location.
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21 Apr 2011   #15
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Not exactly sure where it is, because there is no documents folder in the root of C:, Documents on the Start Menu goes to a public and private path in C:\Users and C:Users\Public.the folder at C:\users\username\My Documents is a shortcut, and inaccessible,
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21 Apr 2011   #16
gregrocker

 

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22 Apr 2011   #17
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Thanks, the best solution is the easiest one, and this was the easiest.
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22 Apr 2011   #18
Chinch

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Darn. I got to you just a few days or so too late. This was a moderately-common problem that I would run into as a system/network administrator for several large companies on domains, etc.

It plagued me for a while... only on some computers would it happen... and they also seemed to be pointing to a non-existent drive letter/mapping and saying installation cannot continue, cannot access drive... F: in this instance. What would happen is users would create a drive mapping to a shared folder on the server, then remap their My Documents folder (or some other user profile folder) for some reason. They had their own user drives. Of course they would not check "Reconnect on restart", and then there begins the problem. Some users seem to just try to cause trouble for sysadmins, huh? Sometimes their logic... I would just have to accept that it made sense to them at the time. LOL.

I eventually did narrow it down and find that the problem did indeed reside in the default user folders locations, with a "hanging" entry in there. Fixing that solved the problem almost every time.

Good job though, you guys at least got the thing pinned down, it was really irritating to me when I would come across it... and when doing a time-limited upgrade roll-out to 50 computers or more, I often didn't have time to sit there and really focus on these types of problems that pop up on 1, maybe 2 computers in the organization. It was just like $#%! -- that one again? Next computer... You'd rather have 49 computers up and running like they expect than spend hours troubleshooting a (seemingly bizarre, random) problem like this and not get the upgrade done.

Anyway, TMI. Again, good job... and too bad there's no points for giving you the answer a few hours after you discovered it. LOL. Maybe next time I'll get ya...
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