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    Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    Windows Explorer is showing that I have a CD Drive on G:. I don't, I have a CD Drive on Y: and a DVD drive on Z:. Windows Explorer is showing these drives but also the extra non existent drive. Why the ghost drive and how can I get rid of it? I'm not using the letter G: The Computer Management snap-in is reporting everything correctly as follows:

    disk 0: divided into C: (system, L: (temp) K, N, O (partitions for data)
    disk 1: divided into D: (swap) E:, F: (partitions for data)
    disk 2: W: (for data)
    disk 3: M: (for data)
    disk 4: H: (for data)
    CR ROM10: Y: CD-ROM
    CD ROM 1: Z: DVD

    Any help would be appreciated,

    Chris (Hunt)

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    Re: Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    It sounds like you have a stray registry setting that is feeding data from before you renamed your CD drive. Set a Restore Point, type "regedit" (without the quotes) at Start|Run and then do a search for all instances of "G:".
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    Re: Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    Thanks for replying. I searched through the registry and now have the following entries that refer to G:

    My ComputerHKEY_CLASSES_ROOTLicences
    My ComputerHKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware|Microsoft|Window s|CurrentVersion|Explorer|UserAssist|{5EGAB780-7743-11CF-A12B-00AA004AE8
    My ComputerHKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware|Microsoft|Window s|CurrentVersion|Explorer|UserAssist|{75048700-EF1F-11D0-9888-006097DEAC
    My ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE|SOFTWARELicences
    My ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE|SOFTWAREMicrosoftWBEMCI MOM
    My ComputerLOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMControlSet003ServicesAV GCoreParameters
    HKEY_USERSS-1-5-21-776561741-1614895754-682003330-1003SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer UserAssist{5E6AB780-7743-11CF-A12B-00AA004AE837}Count

    This is all gobbledygook to me. The only thing I recognise is the reference to AVG since that is the anti-virus program I run. But none of it means anything. Is it safe to delete all these keys?

    Thanks,

    Chris

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    Re: Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    If you want your CD drive to be Y: and you have no other references that should be pointing to G:, then go in and substitute Y for G in every instance. Personally, if I am going to restructure drives I always try to do it as one of the first steps after the OS is installed.
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    Re: Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    Thanks. I did restructure my drives when I first setup XP. This ghost drive has suddenly appeared. Windows already recognises my CD ROM drive as Y:. Why would I suddenly get references to G: drive. Could some software have caused this?

    Chris

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    Re: Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    From what you say, there may have been some strangely written software that assumed the first free letter after your sequence was the CD drive. Has renaming the paths in the Registry removed this "phantom" drive?
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    Re: Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    Unfortunately I've no idea how I can do as you suggest. For example I do a search for G: and the first entry I come across is at:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTLicenses

    But there is no actual mention of G: here -

    Name: (Default)
    Type: REG_SZ
    Data: Licensing: Copying the keys may be a violation of established copyrights.

    I think something is screwy but I don't know what.

    Chris

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    Re: Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    Have you not an entry over in the right hand side of the entry that contains G:? That is what you should be looking to replace. Make sure you have the final backslash in your search criteria. (Windows is case-insensitive. Your search at present is picking up the final letter of "licensing" and the colon immediately after it.)

    As you have no doubt seen elsewhere - both here in the Lounge and on the Internet gemerally - editing the registry is not for the faint-hearted; as mistakes can have drastic consequences. As already discussed, make sure you have set a Restore Point.
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    Re: Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    Thanks, you are much more observant than me! I 'd forgotten to include the slash and I couldn't work out why it had picked up on that entry. I reran the search and found only one instance of G: in a long string:

    Autorecover MOFs:

    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMcimwin32.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMcimwin32.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMsystem.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmipcima.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmipcima.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMregevent.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMregevent.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMntevt.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMntevt.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMsecrcw32.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMsecrcw32.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMdsprov.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMdsprov.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMmsi.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMmsi.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMpolicman.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMpolicman.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMsubscrpt.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmi.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmi.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMscm.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMfevprov.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMfevprov.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmitimep.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmitimep.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmipdskq.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmipdskq.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmipicmp.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmipicmp.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmipiprt.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmipiprt.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmipjobj.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmipjobj.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmipsess.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwmipsess.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMkrnlprov.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMkrnlprov.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMcli.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMtscfgwmi.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMtscfgwmi.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMlicwmi.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMlicwmi.mfl
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMevntrprv.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMhnetcfg.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMsr.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMCmdEvTgProv.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMdgnet.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMwhqlprov.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMieinfo5.mof
    C:WINDOWSSystem32WbemRSoP.mof
    C:WINDOWSSystem32WbemRSoP.mfl
    C:WINDOWSSystem32WbemSceRsop.mof
    g:c28dfa442444e47d129ffb267licwmi.mof
    C:WINDOWSSystem32wbemiiswmi.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMsnmpsmir.mof
    C:WINDOWSsystem32WBEMsnmpreg.mof
    C:WINDOWSMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv1.0.3705netfxcfgpr ov.mfl
    C:WINDOWSMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv1.0.3705netfxcfgpr ovm.mof

    Do you think it is OK to change this to read:

    Y:c28dfa442444e47d129ffb267licwmi.mof

    All the other references in the string are C:

    I'll definitely set a restore point before trying anything.

    Chris

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    Re: Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    In "normal" circumstances - where G: actually referred to some formal of real life drive, I'd want to look under Folder Options|File Types - just to see what the extensions .MOF and .MFL related to. (At a guess, this is all under the My ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE|SOFTWAREMicrosoftWBEMCI MOM key that you mentioned.) [As the extensions don't exist on my WinXP Pro SP1, I infer that they must relate to some application that you installed.]

    In any event, as G: doesn't exist as a drive in your Compter Management snap-in, there seems to be little risk in changing it. One last check I would make is to do a Windows Explorer Search - from My Computer - for c28dfa442444e47d129ffb267, as that is the name of a folder that the registry seems to believe is on your G: drive. Make sure that you have Show hidden files and folders enabled in Folder Options and, separately, also that you check the Include Hidden Files and Folders option in your Search criteria.

    If you don't find a folder named c28dfa442444e47d129ffb267, then I reconmmend that you change the G: Registry Value to Y:. If you do find such a folder, then you need to think about changing the G: to whatever turns out to be before c28dfa442444e47d129ffb267 in your Search - particularly if there turns out to be a file named licwmi.mof in that folder.
    Gre

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    Re: Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    Thanks for your help. I'm wondering what time it is where you are now? I ran a search as you suggested (making sure hidden folders and system folders were visible) but found no reference to the folder. I set a restore point and then tried to change the g: entry to y:. However I got the following error message. When I checked the change I had made was undone. It was back to g: again. I wonder about deleting that whole line or deleting the whole key. I also wonder how this can effect Explorer. I'm baffled, but then I know next to nothing about the registry.

    Chris

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    Re: Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    The best I can suggest is that you inadvertently added an empty space when you carried out the substitution. You might like to try again: highlighting the G using the shift and arrow keys and then pressing the Y key.
    Gre

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    Re: Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    I did as you suggested and the change took. I must have been including a space as you suggested. I rebooted but unfortunately G: still shows up in Explorer. There are no more references to G: in the registry. Is there anything else I can try?

    Thanks,

    Chris

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    Re: Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    That is - to say the least - disappointing. <img src=/S/bouncenburn.gif border=0 alt=bouncenburn width=31 height=31>

    It's been a long time since I last had to grapple with this problem. The only thing I can immediately suggest is to ren Disk Defragmenter [Start|All Programs|Accessories|System Tools].
    Gre

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    Re: Ghost drives in Explorer (XP PRo (SP1))

    I run disk defragmenter fairly regularly. I've just defragged drive C:, D: and L: (system, swap and temp drives respectively) - this hasn't made a difference. I can't defrag drives E:, F:, H: and N: because they currently have too much data on them. Do you really think defragging them could make a difference? It's approaching 1 am here in Japan now so I think I'll leave it for now. Thanks for all your help.

    Goodnight,

    Chris

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