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    Phantom DVD Drives

    Hi,

    Have somehow acquired 2 of these drives (H & J) which show up in MS Explorer.
    Not sure where they have originated from, but would like to remove them if possible.
    Can any of you offer advice on a solution for their removal please?
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    Re: Phantom DVD Drives

    What operating system?
    Do they survive a re-boot?

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    Re: Phantom DVD Drives

    Sorry, should have specified.

    Win XP Pro
    Yes, they appear to be permanently there

    Neville

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    Re: Phantom DVD Drives

    And what does Device Manager tell you about these DVD drives?

    You're not using any CD/DVD emulator program, (i.e. virtual CD/DVD drive to have access to CD's not in any real CD/DVD drive)?

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    Re: Phantom DVD Drives

    Hi Argus

    Drive H:
    Description CD-ROM Drive
    Media Loaded No
    Media Type CD-ROM
    Name KF5455O WFX340D SCSI CdRom Device
    Manufacturer (Standard CD-ROM drives)
    Status OK
    Transfer Rate Not Available
    SCSI Target ID 0
    PNP Device ID SCSICDROM&VEN_KF5455O&PROD_WFX340D&REV_1.05&B88EA2 &0&000
    Driver i:windowssystem32driverscdrom.sys (5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158), 48.38 KB (49,536 bytes), 4/08/2004 10:00 PM)

    Drive J:
    Description CD-ROM Drive
    Media Loaded No
    Media Type CD-ROM
    Name KF5455O WFX340D SCSI CdRom Device
    Manufacturer (Standard CD-ROM drives)
    Status OK
    Transfer Rate Not Available
    SCSI Target ID 1
    PNP Device ID SCSICDROM&VEN_KF5455O&PROD_WFX340D&REV_1.05&B88EA2 &0&010
    Driver i:windowssystem32driverscdrom.sys (5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158), 48.38 KB (49,536 bytes), 4/08/2004 10:00 PM)

    I have a SCSI card installed, was planning to use it for a slide scanner. Do you think that it may have something to do with these phantom drives?

    Neville

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    Re: Phantom DVD Drives

    I haven't used a SCSI card for ages, but I think you may have hit the nail squarely on the head! You could pull the card and see if the phantoms disappear, but before you do you might look at Disk Management in Device Manager to see if anything shows up graphically. I get suspicious because from the quoted text of your post, the entries look exactly alike except for the SCSI ID numbers.

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    Re: Phantom DVD Drives

    If you search for "phantom SCSI CdRom Device" you'll find that it can be common, typically a result of installed software, maybe bundled with some drive (or maybe not <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>). Are you using tools like Alcohol 120% and Daemon Tools, as I asked before? Anything from Pinnacle?

    Here you have one small thread at Computing.Net with phantom DVD: Phantom DVD drive

    I'm not using SCSI cards, but I don't think that just adding one would give you this result.

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    Re: Phantom DVD Drives

    Woops, Sorry Argus, do have Daemon tools on my PC & after some sniffing around the app, have discovered that it was set to add these 2 drives.

    (I had mistakenly assumed that it would only add drives when it was running <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> ).

    Thanks for your advice & help.

    Neville

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