Phantom Local Disk in Windows Explorer


  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       #1

    Phantom Local Disk in Windows Explorer


    In Windows Explorer, there's an extra local hard disk (E:\) which doesn't appear in Disk Management. It's about 500MB in size and 3/4 full. If I look at the properties, the name of the phantom disk is the same as the real physical disk (C:\). However, I don't know how to get rid of it, or remove the drive letter. I've attached a picture to help explain.

    Thank you,
    Steve

    Phantom Local Disk in Windows Explorer-untitled.png
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  2. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #2

    Your screen shot covered what I need to see in Disk Management. Post another screen shot with Disk Management only.
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    topgundcp said:
    Your screen shot covered what I need to see in Disk Management. Post another screen shot with Disk Management only.
    Here it is - you got me thinking - and judging by the size of it, it's the one I've highlighted. However, it's not displaying a drive letter in disk management, and it won't let me add/change one either. I'm loathed to delete it as it appears to have some data on it, but it's all hidden/system stuff.

    Thank you,
    Steve

    Phantom Local Disk in Windows Explorer-untitled.png
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  4. Posts : 17,831
    Windows 10
       #4

    Do you, or did you have another disk attached somewhere; that model # is a Western Digital Drive.
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  5. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #5

    1. Open Admin Command (Win+X->Command Prompt (Admin)) then type:
    2. diskpart
      list volume ====> look for the Volume # that has the size of ~ 500MB
      select volume # =====> # found from list above
      remove
      exit


    This should remove the drive letter from it.
    The problem was solved also in this post:
    Solved Hide system partition that shows in explorer but NOT disk management - Windows 10 Forums
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  6. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    topgundcp said:
    1. Open Admin Command (Win+X->Command Prompt (Admin)) then type:
    2. diskpart
      list volume ====> look for the Volume # that has the size of ~ 500MB
      select volume # =====> # found from list above
      remove
      exit


    This should remove the drive letter from it.
    The problem was solved also in this post:
    Solved Hide system partition that shows in explorer but NOT disk management - Windows 10 Forums
    Cracking reply - thank you - that fixed it!
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