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  • Phantom CDROM drive in Windows Explorer.

    I have a CDROM drive on my system which shows as drive E. But I don't physically have a CDROM drive on that drive letter. I uninstalled Alcohol 120% and the drive is still there. I disable most of my services and startup progrms, but it's still there.

    It's nowhere to be found in Device Manager and SiSoftware Sandra can't find details of the drive although it can see it. Ejecting the drive from Windows Explorer's right-click menu does nothing. I've tried searching the registry. Computer Manager\Removeable Storage and Disk Management don't list it. I booted into Safe Mode and the CDROM drive is no longer there. So I changed the drive letter of one of my HDDs to E and rebooted. When I got back into WinXP, the CDROM was back at E and the HDD was on F.

    Can anyone suggest why I can't remove this drive? I'm pretty sure it appeared when I was swapping around drive letters on my 3 HDDs and two CDROMs.

    WindowsXP SP2.
    Last edited by JDMils; 2nd May 2007, 06:12.
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  • #2
    Re: Phantom CDROM drive in Windows Explorer.

    Alcohol uses the Starwind service for its virtual drives. Try searching for that.

    Remove keys that contain these values [a347scsi, a347bus, vax347s, vaxscsi and vax347b] at:

    HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services

    Delete files with the same name(s) in C:\Windows\System32

    If that doesn't work install this, then remove it. It should take the virtual drive with it if it belonged to Alcohol.
    http://www.duplexsecure.com/downloads

    If the drive is still there make sure something else didn't install a virtual drive.
    Andrew

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    • #3
      Re: Phantom CDROM drive in Windows Explorer.

      Still there after trying everything you stated. Even reloaded Alcohol but it only shows drive V as it's virtual drive. Anything else I can try?
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      • #4
        Re: Phantom CDROM drive in Windows Explorer.

        Have you had a look for something on ? http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=e...G=Search&meta=
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        1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
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        • #5
          Re: Phantom CDROM drive in Windows Explorer.

          I tried most, if not all the suggestions already on those pages with no success. It's gotta be software related as the phantom drive does not appear in Safe Mode.

          Is there a reg key I can check?
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          • #6
            Re: Phantom CDROM drive in Windows Explorer.

            Yes.

            HKLM\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
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            • #7
              Re: Phantom CDROM drive in Windows Explorer.

              Here's what I've got:
              Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

              [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices]
              "\\??\\Volume{dd303228-ebd5-11d9-aad6-806d6172696f}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{dd303229-ebd5-11d9-aad6-806d6172696f}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{dd30322a-ebd5-11d9-aad6-806d6172696f}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{dd30322b-ebd5-11d9-aad6-806d6172696f}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{dd30322c-ebd5-11d9-aad6-806d6172696f}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{dd30322d-ebd5-11d9-aad6-806d6172696f}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{dd30322e-ebd5-11d9-aad6-806d6172696f}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\DosDevices\\C:"=hex:1b,d4,1b,d4,00,7e,00,00,00, 00,00,00
              "\\DosDevices\\P:"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\DosDevices\\O:"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\DosDevices\\N:"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\DosDevices\\M:"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{fbd9c460-ebba-11d9-b388-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\DosDevices\\Q:"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{9edbd915-f00a-11d9-b38e-00112f2e63cf}"=hex:f0,28,e1,7a,00,7e,00,\
              00,00,00,00,00
              "\\??\\Volume{0cda3e0e-0a46-11da-b3aa-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{d945abe4-2248-11da-b3c8-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\DosDevices\\V:"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{d945abe6-2248-11da-b3c8-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{b14bd970-5500-11da-86e8-806d6172696f}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{96ecb9fa-72cb-11da-86fb-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{02c090d8-798d-11da-8707-00112f2e63cf}"=hex:6a,6d,0e,99,00,7e,00,\
              00,00,00,00,00
              "\\??\\Volume{b6f9b7e2-93cc-11da-a8fe-806d6172696f}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{3ac4e3de-95ea-11da-a900-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{2679bff5-b97e-11da-a915-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{0ed37ba6-d3fb-11da-a92f-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\DosDevices\\J:"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{b1b64732-24f9-11db-92c7-806d6172696f}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{8e9edbe1-4dfa-11db-9309-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{be937a3a-86a4-11db-935b-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{d2b013f6-cf61-11db-a7f6-806d6172696f}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{59ceb323-dab3-11db-a819-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{bb762c0a-df35-11db-bd0c-806d6172696f}"=hex:d6,75,d6,75,00,7e,00,\
              00,00,00,00,00
              "\\DosDevices\\D:"=hex:d6,75,d6,75,00,7e,00,00,00, 00,00,00
              "\\DosDevices\\G:"=hex:f0,28,e1,7a,00,7e,00,00,00, 00,00,00
              "\\DosDevices\\I:"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{dbb64b4a-e8e4-11db-bd2b-00112f2e63cf}"=hex:95,70,b7,4f,00,7e,00,\
              00,00,00,00,00
              "\\??\\Volume{5f325814-eaee-11db-bd32-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\DosDevices\\L:"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{b16313bb-f2f5-11db-bd4c-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{b16313d4-f2f5-11db-bd4c-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\DosDevices\\A:"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{3b9f0de8-f651-11db-bd54-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\DosDevices\\F:"=hex:44,4d,49,4f,3a,49,44,3a,ce, 48,39,72,1e,da,89,47,a1,9d,\
              f2,ef,f3,f2,8a,1a
              "\\DosDevices\\H:"=hex:6a,6d,0e,99,00,7e,00,00,00, 00,00,00
              "\\??\\Volume{a7e8997b-f9de-11db-bd66-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\??\\Volume{5c187f3f-faa5-11db-bd69-00112f2e63cf}"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              "\\DosDevices\\K:"=<<TRUNCATED>>
              What do you think?

              When I run Alcohol (I re-installed it), KProbe V2.5.1 and ISOBuster Pro V2 I can't see the E: drive in the list of CDROMs.
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              • #8
                Re: Phantom CDROM drive in Windows Explorer.

                Bump!
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                • #9
                  Re: Phantom CDROM drive in Windows Explorer.

                  Try running Systinternals (new) Process Monitor (procmon.exe) and see if you can track down what it is using.

                  Failing that, reimage and document what is installed in the future so you have some idea what to look for. List all the apps you have installed on this machine as someone may see something you have missed.

                  However I still think reimage/reinstall (clean) is the way to go. How much time has been wasted on this whereas a clean install will take a couple of hours (less if you have a Ghost or Acronis image).
                  1 1 was a racehorse.
                  2 2 was 1 2.
                  1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
                  2 2 1 1 2

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