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Phantom F Drive

by thewrightway / February 13, 2006 5:18 AM PST

I have a Dell 8400, Pentium4, 2GB RAM, 250GB C-Drive, Windows XP-Home. On start-up, the internal DVD-RW comes up as the D-Drive and the internal DVD-ROM as the E-Drive.

I used to have a Western Digital external hard drive plugged into a USB port which would come up as the F-Drive. The Western Digital external hard drive quit working - it's now gone - not plugged in ... however, everytime I boot-up, Windows XP thinks it's still there as the F-Drive.

Each time I start up, I use the ''Unplug or Eject Hardware'' icon on the Taskbar to ''safely remove'' the external hard drive (even though it's not there). The F-Drive does, in fact, then go away. I've uninstalled the F-Drive Driver, but Windows "finds new hardware" on the next start-up - even though there's nothing there???

How do I get Windows XP to stop thinking the old external hard drive is still plugged in?

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I would think,
by crazeebob2000 / February 13, 2006 6:06 AM PST
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Maybe you can go into your device manager and disable or uninstall it there. I've never had that problem but it makes sense to me. One of the smarter folks should be along shortly and tell you the right thing to do. Good luck.

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maybe another solution, Power down,
by retired / February 13, 2006 6:22 AM PST
In reply to: I would think,

Unplug all existing USB devices, boot into safe mode and use the device manager to uninstall all entries listed under USB. When done reboot and plug back any usb Devices, if any.

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