Fictitious Removable Disk icons

When I open My Computer under Devices With Removable Storage I have my DVD (optical) device displayed, two usb memory sticks displayed correctly BUT also FIVE non existing empty devices displayed eg Removable Disk (PHappy which has a capacity of 0 bytes.
Why do they appear and can they be removed - I tried Disk Management tool but it does not display them.

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Depends on the machine.
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On Mine Here, It's The Card Reader And USB Ports

All our computers show the empty ports that are on the machine. I don't really worry about them as I know what they are and when I plug something in, they work correctly independently of the others, as they should.

Occasionally, a new device will show up if I have "mounted" a Windows ISO somewhere in the computer's file directory, but after I un-mount it, it goes away. If I don't un-mount it, the device will stay there.

Hope this helps.


Post was last edited on August 29, 2018 10:37 AM PDT

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Fictitious removable drives.

Thanks R.Proffit and Grif.

I'm not sure if both your explanations answers my 'situation'.
Firstly I feel quite sure that these 'empty' removable drives have only appeared in the last few months.
Secondly -
Currently My Computer displays that I have 8 removable devices, a DVD drive and 7 others 2 of which have usb memory sticks attached.
There are 5 'empty' ones and to test what you both state I plugged another usb memory stick into a spare usb port and ANOTHER 'removable device' was displayed so now a total of 9.
If those 'empty' ones are for usb ports not being used why then did an extra one get displayed when I plugged in a usb memory stick? I thought that the newly inserted memory stick would appear as as one of the existing 'empty' removable drive.

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Same Here.... An Example Of My Computer

I'm looking at the devices in "This PC". With no USB plugged in, mine shows "Local Disc C:", DVD RW Drive (D:), USB Drive (E:), USB Drive (F:), USB Drive (G:), USB Drive (H:), and USB Drive (IHappy. (Some of those are from my card reader, some are normal USB ports.)

When I plug in one type of USB flash drive, I gain one more device listing: USB Drive (JHappy and if I remove that flash drive, everything goes back to the way it was previously. BUT....If I plug in a different one that I use frequently, I gain a different drive named: USB Drive (MHappy. If I plug them both in at the same time, I see both (JHappy and (MHappy listed along with all the others I mentioned earlier.

The system "remembers" which drives were originally assigned to a specific flash drive. It's normal.

Hope this helps.


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Assigned drive letters remembered.

Thanks Grif,

I was starting to wonder if the system 'remembers' which drives were assigned in the past.

I am wonder what drive letter the system would assign to a new device should all available drive letters eventually get allocated and 'remembered'.

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Generally, 26 Drive Letters Are Allowed for Local & Mapped..
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Double letters used for drives

Thanks Grif
I wasn't particularly worried but I just was wondering what would happen if the system used up all of the (single) letters. I was not aware that two letters would be used. Interesting.

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