What is this drive E:?

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  1. Posts : 181
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    What is this drive E:?


    I have a DELL T1700 which I purchased refurbished 7 years ago. I had the seller replace the hard drive with an SSD solid state drive. There is a drive E: which file Explorer signifies as unformatted. In [Computer Management] [Storage] [Disk Management] [shrink volume] shows the size before shrink is zero. There is no display of it in [Computer][Management].

    What is E:? Where is E:? I want to make an E: partition. Should I worry about deleting it or might it be safer to try to rename, if possible.

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  2. TV2
    Posts : 2,221
    W10 Pro 22H2
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    If it does not show in Disk Management then where, exactly, do you see it?
    Is it in Windows Explorer?

    If so it could be a printer or other device with a USB port that shows up as a disk drive in Explorer. I have an Epson printer that does that.
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  3. Posts : 31,630
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    stanhilliard said:
    ....What is E:? Where is E:?

    Please post a screenshot of Disk Management as described in this tutorial, then we should be able to tell you what it is.

    How to Post a Screenshot of Disk Management
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  4. Posts : 181
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
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    What is this drive E:?-computer-management.jpg
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  5. Posts : 63
    Windows 10 pro en
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    This 1 Mb Partition is too small to be seen on the graphic.
    It would be some unusable sectors of the MBR Disk due to partitioning spec. A new Partition starts always at the first sector of a cylinder. Most probably it's on Disk 0. This is the boot disk and contains the Bootblock on the first sector. The other sectors of this cylinder are not used and marked as free.
    Remove the Letter E and the problem is solved because this small part is not usable in any way.

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  6. Posts : 14,009
    Win10 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home, Win7, Linux Mint
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    Agreed, remove the drive letter in Disk Management then do nothing more with the partitions.
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  7. Posts : 181
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    I started to rename E: to M:, which generated the following message.
    What is this drive E:?-message.jpg
    I don't understand how a program would do that. Could the message be a malfunction?
    Or could it mean that I might not be able to reboot the computer if I make the change?
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  8. Posts : 7,128
    Windows 10 Pro Insider
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    Does your computer have a card reader installed?
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  9. Posts : 23,202
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4291 (x64) [22H2]
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    What I think is interesting, is that the E: partition is labeled as RAW, yet the error says it's in use.

    I would make Macrium Reflect bootable media (CD/USB) and use the "Fixboot" option.
    Then after the boot... I would just delete the E: partition.

    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free
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  10. Posts : 181
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    Winuser said:
    Does your computer have a card reader installed?
    No.

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    Ghot said:
    What I think is interesting, is that the E: partition is labeled as RAW, yet the error says it's in use.

    I would make Macrium Reflect bootable media (CD/USB) and use the "Fixboot" option.
    Then after the boot... I would just delete the E: partition.

    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free
    Thanks. I will use Macrium. It will not be until tomorrow afternoon.
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