[SOLVED] Can't delete what isn't there.

Oct 21, 2019
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In Device Manager; Portable devices, I have a drive showing up that is not there. I have uninstalled it many times only to have it re-install itself on re-boot. Thinking some other device must then be dependent upon the Ghost device, I did a "properties""drive""driver details" search and manually deleted every driver that was associated with this device-Twice. Windows now tells me there are no drivers installed for this device.
I have tried 3rd party device Manager management software.
Tried to delete the device in safe mode...
It's still there, not there.

The issue is that it's is conflicting with my portable DVD/Bluray drive; rendering it inoperable.
Ideas?
Kevin
 

popatim

Titan
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Do you have a drive mapped to that letter in file explorer? Remove the mapping if so.

Try running diskpart in an admin command prompt
when it loads enter in
list volume (notice the letter assigned to the phantom, probably L:)
Select disk L (no colon & also the volume number can be used instead of the letter)
Remove letter=L (no colon)

This may also be a fastboot remnant so hold down the shift key when you click shutdown. When it starts up again it will take a little longer as it actually reloads windows.

Is it gone now?
 

popatim

Titan
Moderator
Do you have a drive mapped to that letter in file explorer? Remove the mapping if so.

Try running diskpart in an admin command prompt
when it loads enter in
list volume (notice the letter assigned to the phantom, probably L:)
Select disk L (no colon & also the volume number can be used instead of the letter)
Remove letter=L (no colon)

This may also be a fastboot remnant so hold down the shift key when you click shutdown. When it starts up again it will take a little longer as it actually reloads windows.

Is it gone now?
 
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Here are my results:

Windows PowerShell
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PS C:\Windows\system32> diskpart

Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.18362.1

Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: VM070419

DISKPART> list volume

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
Volume 0 D My Stuff BU NTFS Partition 931 GB Healthy
Volume 1 Recovery NTFS Partition 529 MB Healthy
Volume 2 C VM070419 NTFS Partition 180 GB Healthy Boot
Volume 3 Z AnyMP4 My B NTFS Partition 1682 GB Healthy
Volume 4 FAT32 Partition 100 MB Healthy System
Volume 5 M My Stuff NTFS Partition 1863 GB Healthy
Volume 6 I Removable 0 B No Media

DISKPART> select disk I

The disk you specified is not valid.

There is no disk selected.

DISKPART> select disk L

The disk you specified is not valid.

There is no disk selected.

DISKPART> Select volume 6

Volume 6 is the selected volume.

DISKPART> Remove volume 6

The arguments specified for this command are not valid.
For more information on the command type: HELP REMOVE

DISKPART> Remove volume = 6

The arguments specified for this command are not valid.
For more information on the command type: HELP REMOVE
 
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Didn't I try that in the multiple attempts I showed making? If not, I may have to be walked through the steps as this is all new to me.
 
Oct 21, 2019
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BINGO!
I see what I did wrong and corrected it. The phantom is gone and my portable bluray works like a charm.
Thanks Very Much!
Kevin
 

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