Unwanted F drive

  frybluff 11:34 AM 19 May 12
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When I was creating "bootable media", for any future recovery, as the facility seemed to be available, I thought, in addition to CD, it would be a good idea to also do it on an external drive (just in case of an optical drive failure). I thought I had done that correctly, but what the system has actually done is "create" an INTERNAL "F drive", and put it on that. I have two, seperate, internal drives C & D. I presume F has been created, as a partition, on one of those, but it's too tiny to obviously see which.

I feel I should be REMOVING this "F drive", but am a little dubious about just re-formatting it, for fear of affecting something else.

  lotvic 13:25 PM 19 May 12

It might be a virtual drive? In Windows Explorer, rightclick on it and see if there is the option to UNmount or Mount.

  frybluff 14:30 PM 19 May 12

No mount or unmount options. The only "removal" options are "format" and "McAfee shred". To be honest, I don't know if the "effect" is any different. If I do a Hardware diagnostic, it actually lists it as Drive-Recovery (F:) Functioning normally. Fascinating, if a little worrying. I wouldn't mind so much, if I could work out WHERE it was. As I said, it's two small to really judge from the free space on C or D.

  lotvic 18:51 PM 19 May 12

Have you looked at the contents of F: drive to see if it has any files in it?

I suppose you could disconnect D: drive and then boot up and look in 'Disk Management' to see if it is still listed, if so then it must be a partition on C: drive.

In any case if you don't want it, why not just delete the partition? You can do that if you rightclick on it in 'Disk Management'

  robin_x 19:38 PM 19 May 12

If you can boot from USB, you can put the recovery iso on a Flash Stick/Card using, say, unetbootin so you have an alternate method.

This may be a good idea if you only have access to a single computer.

If you have another computer, you could worry about it if and when your optical drive fails.

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