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#1 OFFLINE   telecomguy9

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 01:41 PM

I have a computer that has a driver labeled removable drive but it's not connected to anything.  It's like it remained after a thumb drive was plugged in and than removed.  It's very strange.  I can't figure out how to get rid of it.  When you double click on it you get prompted to insert a disk, kind of like what happens when you double click the A: drive and it's empty.  Any suggestions?

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 04:21 PM

Are you sure it was a flash drive? As you can see from the screenshot of MyComputer, for some reason this computer calls my CD burner a Removable Disk. This burner was an original install. The DVD burner I installed later appears standard.Posted ImageIf you have TweakUI installed, go to the tab "My Computer" and uncheck the letter for the orphaned drive, and click apply. Reboot and it should be gone. Now go into TweakUI again and check the letter, hopefully that got rid of the orphaned drive.

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 04:35 PM

It doesn't show up as a cd drive.  It shows up as a removable drive.  It's definitely weird.  However, I'll install TweakUI on the computer and try what you suggest and we'll see what happens.

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 11:54 AM

WindowsSecrets newsletter for April 5th addresses this very problem.Have a look http://windowssecrets.com/comp/070405I hope it works.
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Posted 05 April 2007 - 12:51 PM

Thanks zlim.  I ended up finding out that this referenced an Epson printer that used to be on the computer but was removed.  I guess the printer maybe had some memory card slots built into it?  I don't know, but the drive letter is now gone.

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 01:09 PM

perhaps so; a friend has an hp photo-only printer that has different inputs.
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