Unknown Removable Drive


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Gene E. Bloch

You sure that you don't have a card reader built into the printer.
When the printer is turned on an extra drive shows
Actually, I'm wondering if he has a card readier built into the
*computer*. What he describes is the way such card readers have always
behaved on my systems.
 
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Paul

Wildman said:
From the name it appears to be an SD card reader. If
your printer has a reader then it may be active even
with printer turned off. Try unplugging it from the
wall outlet.
I would simply unplug the printer USB cable, if that is
how it is connected, and where you think the SD card
reader is located (inside the printer). Otherwise,
some of the printer interface hardware, could receive
USB bus power, and still show as present. Pulling
the USB cable, puts a stop to that.

Paul
 
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rfdjr1

Actually, I'm wondering if he has a card readier built into the
*computer*. What he describes is the way such card readers have always
behaved on my systems.
Nope. No card reader in the computer. And I just tried unplugging my printer and
doing a "refresh" on Windows Explorer or whatever it's called these days and the
H drive is still there. The only other USB things I have plugged in are two
external drives, but they're both accounted for as Drives M and N, plus two
dongles for mice and keyboard, on is a Blue Tooth and one an RF wireless dongle.
But as I just typed that last period, I had a thought. I recently ran a USB
cable from the computer to my Dell monitor, which has a couple of USB plugs in
the side of it which I wanted to be able to use as needed, and now I'm wondering
if the monitor has become this drive H? What threw me off was the "drive" part.

Yep, I just unplugged the USB feed to the monitor and "drive" H disappeared. So
that's what it was. Why the hell would it be called a drive? Anyway, thanks for
all the replies and suggestions. It helped me narrow it down and now I know what
it is.
 
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Paul

Nope. No card reader in the computer. And I just tried unplugging my printer and
doing a "refresh" on Windows Explorer or whatever it's called these days and the
H drive is still there. The only other USB things I have plugged in are two
external drives, but they're both accounted for as Drives M and N, plus two
dongles for mice and keyboard, on is a Blue Tooth and one an RF wireless dongle.
But as I just typed that last period, I had a thought. I recently ran a USB
cable from the computer to my Dell monitor, which has a couple of USB plugs in
the side of it which I wanted to be able to use as needed, and now I'm wondering
if the monitor has become this drive H? What threw me off was the "drive" part.

Yep, I just unplugged the USB feed to the monitor and "drive" H disappeared. So
that's what it was. Why the hell would it be called a drive? Anyway, thanks for
all the replies and suggestions. It helped me narrow it down and now I know what
it is.
There was at least one brand of monitor, that can do "video over USB".
And that particular monitor, the Windows drivers to use the feature,
are stored inside the monitor, and the drivers load via AutoPlay.

I don't think Dell resells those though.

Maybe if you Google the Dell monitor part number, some more
information is available about what hides inside it.

Paul
 
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Bob Henson

Freckles wrote:

Do you have a wireless printer, scanner or some other wireless device?
Sorry, I can't reply correctly because you're using the much deprecated
Windows Live Mail and if you don't physically remove the previous persons
signature delimiter when you reply, your message appears as part of a
signature (if at all) and the quoting is all broken - so I've just left the
bit that matters.

No, I don't have anything with a card slot in it. I have a multi-card
reader which pre-assigns drive letters D: to I: to each slot, except G:
which normally doesn't show. If I insert an SD card in drive H: or a CF
card in drive D:, then drive G: appears in Explorer. Its drive name is
Win_RE, and it is the manufacturer installed recovery partition included on
the main drive. Why it shows up then is a total mystery to me, as is the
reason that it only started doing it a while back.


--
Bob
Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England

Critic - a person who knows the way, but can't drive the car. - Kenneth
Tynan
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Nope. No card reader in the computer. And I just tried unplugging my printer and
doing a "refresh" on Windows Explorer or whatever it's called these days and the
H drive is still there. The only other USB things I have plugged in are two
external drives, but they're both accounted for as Drives M and N, plus two
dongles for mice and keyboard, on is a Blue Tooth and one an RF wireless dongle.
But as I just typed that last period, I had a thought. I recently ran a USB
cable from the computer to my Dell monitor, which has a couple of USB plugs in
the side of it which I wanted to be able to use as needed, and now I'm wondering
if the monitor has become this drive H? What threw me off was the "drive" part.

Yep, I just unplugged the USB feed to the monitor and "drive" H disappeared. So
that's what it was. Why the hell would it be called a drive? Anyway, thanks for
all the replies and suggestions. It helped me narrow it down and now I know what
it is.
I think it's called a drive even though it's empty because someone
somewhere though of it as analogous to an optical drive with no disk in
it.

It's good that you solved it. It seems that many of the suggestions
offered here pointed that way, even wrong guesses like my recent one
about a slot in the computer, but ultimately, of course, it was you who
figured it out...
 
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