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Old 07-10-2006, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How Do I Get Rid Of A "Phantom" CD-ROM?

When I go into My Computer, there is a drive letter assigned to a CD-ROM that doesn't exist. I went into Administrative Tools and into Disk Management, and the CD-ROM doesn't show up there. It doesn't appear under System in Control Panel.
I tried to eliminate it by running:
System Mechanic
Registry Mechanic
Kaspersky Anti-Virus
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Norton Systemworks checkup

Nothing worked. I can't reassign the drive letter to "None" because the drive doesn't appear anywhere except in My Computer.

Any suggestions?
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Old 07-10-2006, 12:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It could be you have cd emulation software installed which creates a virtual cd drive, such programs are daemon tools, alcohol, and you can get rid of the drives by uninstalling the program.
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my guess is that youve installed something that has loaded a virtual drie into the system, programs like alcholhol120% do this, alot of cd/dvd copying software do now
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Nero, Roxio, Alcohol......all cd/dvd r/rw programs use virtual CD's as stated above. Forget about it.....everything is good!
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Sorta funny... I've got two phantom drives myself.

I bought my rig off of someone else. I guess he set it up that way... probably to play games without having the disk in the drive.
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Great job guys. I know exactly where to go!
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I'm running 4 daemon tools, 2 alcohol, and one PowerISO, along with the physical DVD and DVDR drived. Fun stuff.
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