Real Stubborn, Un-Movable Mystery Drive Letter

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  1. Posts : 165
    Win10 Pro
       #1

    Real Stubborn, Un-Movable Mystery Drive Letter


    Win 10 Home, Version 19042.928

    Ressurected and repaired a HP laptop, installed fresh copy of Win 10 Home.

    LT has two drives C: OS & D: storage.

    On installing and checking OS installation, a drive letter appeared, E:, it's tiny in size, 99.2 mb, it's used for something but I cannot hide it.

    It doesn't affect anything, it is just there and bugging me, silly really but would like to make it go away.

    Tried many things and MS had a go and failed. Their conclusion was on installation of OS it created a drive letter for a hidden partition, ( possibly HP ), and was just a glitch but nothing they could do about it.

    I don't think I mind it being in the system so long as it is nothing nefarious, I would like to hide it, like to know what it contains too but that maybe pushing it

    None of the usual remedies have had an effect including those of MS.

    I can't see this drive letter in disk management.

    See images.Real Stubborn, Un-Movable Mystery Drive Letter-drive-letter-1.jpgReal Stubborn, Un-Movable Mystery Drive Letter-drive-letter-2.jpgReal Stubborn, Un-Movable Mystery Drive Letter-drive-letter-3.jpgReal Stubborn, Un-Movable Mystery Drive Letter-drive-letter-4.jpgReal Stubborn, Un-Movable Mystery Drive Letter-drive-letter-5.jpg
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  2. Posts : 12,415
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #2

    To avoid an anomaly with a Windows process I use the GPARTED LiveCD [Bootable] to read a disk to both verify and to manipulate partitions, even to completely clean one to give an as-shipped condition.
    GParted -- A free application for graphically managing disk
    device partitions
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  3. Posts : 7,451
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #3

    The OP may access the folder via this tool: NSudo | System Administration Toolkit | NSudo
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  4. Posts : 17,831
    Windows 10
       #4

    It's probably Drive D's firmware/System volume partition.
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  5. Posts : 7,451
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #5

    Run Explorer.exe "E:\" as shown below:

    Real Stubborn, Un-Movable Mystery Drive Letter-nsudo.jpg

    If "E:" can be opened, try using DiskPart to hide "E:".
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  6. Posts : 165
    Win10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thank you both.

    Before down loading one or both of the above, which particular section of the program will allow me access to see what is inside the disk?

    Both programs are a little complicated for me to understand/multible choices and all that.

    Before deleting, if safe to so so, I need to see drive content, if hiding what program to use and how do I do it, bit of hand holding required.

    I will give anything ago/advised but I also like to tread carefully.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Edwin said:
    It's probably Drive D's firmware/System volume partition.
    Possibly, I wonder why Win installation made a drive letter of it?
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  7. Posts : 165
    Win10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Matthew Wai said:
    (1) Click here to download NSudo.zip
    (2) Extract the file from the ZIP file.
    (3) Double-click on the file.
    (4) Run the command shown in post #5 above.
    Thanks Matthew,

    our posts ran into each other, I did all of yours above and still get, see my images 2 & 3 above.
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  8. Posts : 7,451
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #8

    @Jaylob4,

    On NSudo, check the box marked with "Enable All Privileges" and run the command again.
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  9. Posts : 165
    Win10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Matthew Wai said:
    @Jaylob4,

    On NSudo, check the box marked with "Enable All Privileges" and run the command again.
    Did that, still the same thing.
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  10. Posts : 7,451
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #10

    @Jaylob4, I agree with you that it is really stubborn.

    Run the following commands one by one:

    iCacls "E:" /INHERITANCE:E /GRANT:R "Everyone":(F) /T /C

    Explorer.exe "E:\"
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