How to permanently remove a phantom drive?

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  1. taleblou

    taleblou Registered Member

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    Hi I have a phantom "E" USB disk drive and I did everything try to remove it but not working. I even went to device manager and uninstall it and on reboot windows 8.1 installed it back. I even went to an old backup image and still its there. The best I could was to disable it in device manager and the drive icon is gone from my pc or my computer.

    I was wondering can anyone tell me how to permanently remove it or uninstall it so it won't come back? Thanks in advance for your help.
     
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    When you right-click on the volume in Disk Management, is there an option to remove the volume letter?
     
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    Try to use this methode...
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/remove-old-drivers-after-upgrading-to-new-hardware/
    or use Device Remover
    http://lifehacker.com/5254403/device-remover-is-an-absurdly-powerful-device-manager
     
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    ichito as far as I know SET DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1 doesn't work on Windows 8.1 :(

    Perhaps the phantom usb drive appeared after a failed 'safely remove hardware'?

    An article here suggests

    http://windowssecrets.com/langalist-plus/how-to-prevent-and-remove-phantom-devices/
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I got the phantom usb drive, because by mistake during a reboot I connected a USB stick to my pc and when it went to windows, the USB drive was not installed. SO I removed it and got stuck with a phantom drive.

    I was so ~snipped~ that I deleted everything (partitions and drives) and formatted and went back to linux for now.
     
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