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Phantom CD Drive

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Edward W. Thompson, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Edward W. Thompson

    Edward W. Thompson Flightless Bird

    I have two CD/DVD drives designated K and M but an additional drive,
    designated D: (the phantom drive) also shows in Windows explorer. This
    drive does not appear elsewhere or at least I can't see it in the
    Registry, Device Manager or Computer Management and it does not show
    during 'Post'. I have no idea when this phantom drive first appeared
    But I think I would have noticed it if it was there when I first
    installed Win7 (now 4 or 5 months ago).

    While this 'phantom drive' is harmless as far as I can tell I would
    like to get rid of it but as I cannot find it, other than in Win
    Explorer and in Directory Opus (my preferred File Manager). Does
    anyone have a suggestion on how to deal with this?
     
  2. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 17 Feb 2010 07:15:41 +0000, Edward W. Thompson
    <thomeduk1@btinternet.com> wrote:

    >I have two CD/DVD drives designated K and M but an additional drive,
    >designated D: (the phantom drive) also shows in Windows explorer. This
    >drive does not appear elsewhere or at least I can't see it in the
    >Registry, Device Manager or Computer Management and it does not show
    >during 'Post'. I have no idea when this phantom drive first appeared
    >But I think I would have noticed it if it was there when I first
    >installed Win7 (now 4 or 5 months ago).
    >
    >While this 'phantom drive' is harmless as far as I can tell I would
    >like to get rid of it but as I cannot find it, other than in Win
    >Explorer and in Directory Opus (my preferred File Manager). Does
    >anyone have a suggestion on how to deal with this?


    Did you install a program that includes configuration of a virtual
    drive? Alcohol 120% comes to mind, but there are others.
     
  3. Sunny Bard

    Sunny Bard Flightless Bird

    Edward W. Thompson wrote:

    > I have two CD/DVD drives designated K and M but an additional drive,
    > designated D: (the phantom drive) also shows in Windows explorer.


    Does the phantom drive work as a duplicate of one of the real drives?

    Sounds like an additional drive letter has been added for one of them,
    look at properties of the real drives in Disk Management, then check
    under Drive Letters & Paths (or whatever it's actually called).
     
  4. Edward W. Thompson

    Edward W. Thompson Flightless Bird

    I have found the 'problem' program which was 'PowerISO'. I understand
    from a Google search (sorry should have done this before I posted)
    that 'UltraISO' does the same thing, that is creates a 'phantom' CD
    Drive. I have since reverted to MagicISO and no virtual drive to
    clutter up Explorer!.

    Thanks to all for their suggestions/help
     
  5. Trev

    Trev Flightless Bird

    "Edward W. Thompson" <thomeduk1@btinternet.com> wrote in message
    news:ca5nn5plm1i8mqr4v7ama65fqhasug3fgc@4ax.com...
    > I have two CD/DVD drives designated K and M but an additional drive,
    > designated D: (the phantom drive) also shows in Windows explorer. This
    > drive does not appear elsewhere or at least I can't see it in the
    > Registry, Device Manager or Computer Management and it does not show
    > during 'Post'. I have no idea when this phantom drive first appeared
    > But I think I would have noticed it if it was there when I first
    > installed Win7 (now 4 or 5 months ago).
    >
    > While this 'phantom drive' is harmless as far as I can tell I would
    > like to get rid of it but as I cannot find it, other than in Win
    > Explorer and in Directory Opus (my preferred File Manager). Does
    > anyone have a suggestion on how to deal with this?


    Do you have any Flash card slots built in.
     
  6. LouB

    LouB Flightless Bird

    Re: Phantom CD Drive SOLVED

    Edward W. Thompson wrote:
    > I have found the 'problem' program which was 'PowerISO'. I understand
    > from a Google search (sorry should have done this before I posted)
    > that 'UltraISO' does the same thing, that is creates a 'phantom' CD
    > Drive. I have since reverted to MagicISO and no virtual drive to
    > clutter up Explorer!.
    >
    > Thanks to all for their suggestions/help


    Thanks for posting the solution:))
     
  7. DanS

    DanS Flightless Bird

    Edward W. Thompson <thomeduk1@btinternet.com> wrote in
    news:eg9nn515igfhrrfa1n0gp21vpmmj9q3pkm@4ax.com:

    > I have found the 'problem' program which was 'PowerISO'. I understand
    > from a Google search (sorry should have done this before I posted)
    > that 'UltraISO' does the same thing, that is creates a 'phantom' CD
    > Drive. I have since reverted to MagicISO and no virtual drive to
    > clutter up Explorer!.


    You could have set PowerISO to use 0 (zero) virtual drives through the
    Explorer PowerISO context menu or in the program options.
     
  8. Joel

    Joel Flightless Bird

    Edward W. Thompson <thomeduk1@btinternet.com> wrote:

    >I have found the 'problem' program which was 'PowerISO'. I understand
    >from a Google search (sorry should have done this before I posted)
    >that 'UltraISO' does the same thing, that is creates a 'phantom' CD
    >Drive. I have since reverted to MagicISO and no virtual drive to
    >clutter up Explorer!.



    Good idea, since MagicISO is the best, imo.

    --
    Joel Crump
     
  9. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:42:24 -0500, Joel <joelcrump@gmail.com> wrote:

    >Edward W. Thompson <thomeduk1@btinternet.com> wrote:
    >
    >>I have found the 'problem' program which was 'PowerISO'. I understand
    >>from a Google search (sorry should have done this before I posted)
    >>that 'UltraISO' does the same thing, that is creates a 'phantom' CD
    >>Drive. I have since reverted to MagicISO and no virtual drive to
    >>clutter up Explorer!.

    >
    >
    >Good idea, since MagicISO is the best, imo.


    How do they compare to UltraISO? Have you tried that one?
     
  10. Joel

    Joel Flightless Bird

    Char Jackson <none@none.invalid> wrote:

    >>Good idea, since MagicISO is the best, imo.

    >
    >How do they compare to UltraISO? Have you tried that one?



    Interesting - I remember noticing that name in Wikipedia's comparison
    chart:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ISO_image_software

    .... but it appears to me that unless one needs the specific features
    of UltraISO (or another of the competing programs), my comment is
    probably valid, since it's based on my personal preference for the
    overall design of MagicISO (but nonetheless, merely my opinion). I am
    sure, having looked at UltraISO's site now, that it would be my second
    choice, though (and thus you've given another great tip).

    For straight-up ripping of a CD/DVD-ROM, though, I prefer WinImage.
    I'm sure (obviously) that it's functionally no different from the
    others for that purpose, but I was just blown away by how cool and
    old-school it is, and had to support its developer.

    --
    Joel Crump
     
  11. Gene E. Bloch

    Gene E. Bloch Flightless Bird

    On 2/17/10, DanS posted:
    > Edward W. Thompson <thomeduk1@btinternet.com> wrote in
    > news:eg9nn515igfhrrfa1n0gp21vpmmj9q3pkm@4ax.com:


    >> I have found the 'problem' program which was 'PowerISO'. I understand
    >> from a Google search (sorry should have done this before I posted)
    >> that 'UltraISO' does the same thing, that is creates a 'phantom' CD
    >> Drive. I have since reverted to MagicISO and no virtual drive to
    >> clutter up Explorer!.


    > You could have set PowerISO to use 0 (zero) virtual drives through the
    > Explorer PowerISO context menu or in the program options.


    Which is what I do. I also think you can set the other programs to have
    a virtual drive present even when nothing is on the burner (so to
    speak).

    --
    Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com
     
  12. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    Folder Options, View, Hide empty drives....

    On 2/17/2010 2:20 AM, Edward W. Thompson wrote:
    > I have found the 'problem' program which was 'PowerISO'. I understand
    > from a Google search (sorry should have done this before I posted)
    > that 'UltraISO' does the same thing, that is creates a 'phantom' CD
    > Drive. I have since reverted to MagicISO and no virtual drive to
    > clutter up Explorer!.
    >
    > Thanks to all for their suggestions/help
     
  13. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 17 Feb 2010 14:20:37 -0500, Joel <joelcrump@gmail.com> wrote:

    >Char Jackson <none@none.invalid> wrote:
    >
    >>>Good idea, since MagicISO is the best, imo.

    >>
    >>How do they compare to UltraISO? Have you tried that one?

    >
    >
    >Interesting - I remember noticing that name in Wikipedia's comparison
    >chart:
    >
    >http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ISO_image_software
    >
    >... but it appears to me that unless one needs the specific features
    >of UltraISO (or another of the competing programs), my comment is
    >probably valid, since it's based on my personal preference for the
    >overall design of MagicISO (but nonetheless, merely my opinion). I am
    >sure, having looked at UltraISO's site now, that it would be my second
    >choice, though (and thus you've given another great tip).
    >
    >For straight-up ripping of a CD/DVD-ROM, though, I prefer WinImage.
    >I'm sure (obviously) that it's functionally no different from the
    >others for that purpose, but I was just blown away by how cool and
    >old-school it is, and had to support its developer.


    Very cool, thanks.
     
  14. Tony Yarwood

    Tony Yarwood Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 17 Feb 2010 08:20:15 +0000, Edward W. Thompson
    <thomeduk1@btinternet.com> wrote:

    >I have found the 'problem' program which was 'PowerISO'. I understand
    >from a Google search (sorry should have done this before I posted)
    >that 'UltraISO' does the same thing, that is creates a 'phantom' CD
    >Drive. I have since reverted to MagicISO and no virtual drive to
    >clutter up Explorer!.
    >
    >Thanks to all for their suggestions/help


    Well done that man! I'd been puzzling the same problem for weeks now.

    Best regards

    Tony

    Google ain't your friend.
    More privacy, no tracking.
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    I block all articles posted from googlegroups. If you wish your posts
    to be seen by everyone you need to find a different method of posting.
     

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