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Old 03-04-08, 09:54 AM   #1
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Removable disk (K) is driving me nuts

My computer keeps showing there is a removable disk k mounted. Problem is there is not. Even when I reboot or do a system restore it is there. When I click on it's icon it prompts for me to insert a disk. What can this be,how do I get rid of it, and is there need for concern? BTW, running XP home edition.
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Old 03-04-08, 09:59 AM   #2
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try this...
Go to the Ctr-Panel (classic view)
System
Hardware
Device Manager
Disk Drives

remove the drive and reboot. If that does not work, try a selective startup since an application (or virus) may be preventing its removal. repeat the above.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/331796
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Old 03-04-08, 10:00 AM   #3
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When you click on it in the icon in task try what does it say it is? Any description?

My printer shows up as a removable disk even though I can't use it as storage.
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My computer keeps showing there is a removable disk k mounted. Problem is there is not. Even when I reboot or do a system restore it is there. When I click on it's icon it prompts for me to insert a disk. What can this be,how do I get rid of it, and is there need for concern? BTW, running XP home edition.
Most likely you have a card reader on your computer or monitor. Like a media card reader. You probably just don't have a card in the slot. Why is it worrying you? Drive K is a non priority drive and should not take up priority on any level.
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Most likely you have a card reader on your computer or monitor. Like a media card reader. You probably just don't have a card in the slot. Why is it worrying you? Drive K is a non priority drive and should not take up priority on any level.
I was worried because I am paranoid. Turns out I installed a new printer with card slots last week. Hadn't noticed drive k until today' when it took 5 attempts to recognize my 4gig stick on the front usb slot. Guess that is another issue, thought they might be related. Sorry.
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I was worried because I am paranoid. Turns out I installed a new printer with card slots last week. Hadn't noticed drive k until today' when it took 5 attempts to recognize my 4gig stick on the front usb slot. Guess that is another issue, thought they might be related. Sorry.
Yes, that's why mine does it too. My printer has card slots.
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Yes, that's why mine does it too. My printer has card slots.
as i said I guess I am paranoid. I was worried my passwords, porn, ect had gotten loose. Had visitors this weekend, friends of friends w/kids. I need to be more security minded.
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I was worried because I am paranoid. Turns out I installed a new printer with card slots last week. Hadn't noticed drive k until today' when it took 5 attempts to recognize my 4gig stick on the front usb slot. Guess that is another issue, thought they might be related. Sorry.
Ah-ha! I just went through this myself. I have a printer with card slots, but it is on my network so I had a mystery Network Drive, so if you think you like to panic, you should have seen my reaction! I can relate and I understand your reaction to it very well!

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I, too, have a mystery drive on my computer...in my case Drive G. It seems to be the Epson RX595 printer/scanner/copier I connected a couple of months ago. I have no idea why my computer thinks that there's a disc drive, but it doesn't seem to be doing any harm.
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The RX595 has a card slot, so when its plugged in, it will suck up a drive letter.

For future reference, what I do if people want to use my computer, I have a limited user account (no access to Administrator and not in the Administrators group) that I can let them on. This way, guests can browse the web and goof around, but the damage they can do to my machines is limited.
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