Windows 10: ESP(Z) what is it - help!! Solved

  1.    13 Dec 2016 #1

    ESP(Z) what is it - help!!


    On my Acer Aspire V laptop when I went into 'my pc' there was an item next to acer which said EPZ(Z) 49mb used out of 90mb - or some thing like that!

    I never noticed this before. Why has it appeared and is it dangerous and will it slow my laptop?

    How do I remove it or should I and why has it appeared

    Thanks
    Moggie
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  2.    13 Dec 2016 #2

    Can you please post a screen capture of File Explorer showing this item in "My PC" along with a snap of the General tab from its properties windows (right-click the item, then select properties to display). Need more info!
    Thanks, and we'll help you get it sorted.
    --Ed--
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  3. Posts : 2,034
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       13 Dec 2016 #3

    ESP stands for EFI System Partition, hidden, containing boot code (BCD) and should not have any drive letter assigned to it. Without it, your PC won't boot.
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  4.    13 Dec 2016 #4

    "How do I remove it or should I and why has it appeared"

    Do not delete it, it's necessary for the computer to start. I have hidden partitions appear as a Z drive too, usually after doing a virtual drive mount. Here's how to remove the letter from the drive to keep it from appearing under This PC (see screenshot of command prompts) window) -

    Win+X/Command Prompt (Admin) {hit enter after each following command, observing spaces and let command finish}
    diskpart
    list volume
    select volume #
    {whichever # is assigned to Z, example is 4, as if that appeared next to Z; eg- 0 to remove E)
    remove letter=Z
    list volume {not shown, but run to verify letter was removed}

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    Last edited by mrgeek; 13 Dec 2016 at 12:33.
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  5.    13 Dec 2016 #5

    Thanks TopGunDCP: learn something new every day, I do. This time, thanks to you!
    --Ed--
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       13 Dec 2016 #6

    @EdTittel
    You are welcome. We all learn something new every day.
    Cheers !!!
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