win xp insists that I have extra dvd drives

  Smokeyone 09:25 31 Oct 2005

Could someone advise please how to get rid of dvd drives that do not exist. I suddenly seem to have removeable disk G, H, I & J.
I do have have dvd writer E & dvd rom F but where have all the rest come from.
Thanks very much

  PaulB2005 09:26 31 Oct 2005

Does your printer or PC have card slots?

  LivEviL 10:13 31 Oct 2005

the removable drives are where u have a printer or another device attached where u have card slots like paulB2005 said! also u may have had a mp3 player or a memory stick attached and didnt remover it properly! take everything that is attached to ur computer u dont need to run it and restart see if there gone that will be y!

  Smokeyone 11:56 31 Oct 2005

Thanks for the help but I have only a printer & mouse connected to the pc. Disconnected the printer & re started but the extra drives are still there.

  Diodorus Siculus 11:58 31 Oct 2005

What happnes if you remove them via the device manager and reboot?

Do you have any sort of virtual CD software / emaulators / cd burning software installed?

  €dstowe 13:07 31 Oct 2005

If they aren't causing a problem, I suggest that you leave well alone.

You can cause many difficulties by unnecesary "tweaking" of a computer so if, as I assume, these phantom drives are only seen in My Computer and similar places, forget about them.

  Smokeyone 14:28 31 Oct 2005

Would you believe me if I said they are not listed under device manager - only the correct ones.
Also I do have cd burning software installed but it came with the pc and is not a fresh installation.

  Splork 14:33 31 Oct 2005

Boot in safe mode and see if there are any duplicated entries in Device Manager. You can `hide` the drives with TweakUI. What description does Windows give if you right click the drive/s in question and select Properties?

  Smokeyone 15:17 31 Oct 2005

Properties says removeable disk, file system unknown with 0 bytes for everything else

  Splork 15:28 31 Oct 2005

That happens if a multiple format card reader is plugged in via USB, but they usually disappear when it's unplugged. Is `Show Hidden Devices` checked in Device Manager/View?

  Iron Maiden 20:32 31 Oct 2005

try this

go to computer management click on removable storage.
expand libraries if extra drives show just delete them

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