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Mysterious new 'Local Disk (F)' appears after reinstall

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    Mysterious new 'Local Disk (F)' appears after reinstall


    Hey All,

    Today I factory reinstalled Win 8 from the hard disk image on my Toshiba P870. I then installed Win 8.1 from a CD and installed all updates.

    I've done this a few times no worries but a mysterious new drive has appeared that I do not have permission to access (despite my local account being administrator). Here's its properties and the pop-up I get when I try to access it. It seems to be some sort of optical drive(r) but there's no external media inserted at all.

    Could anyone explain what this is and how I get rid of it? The cooling fan also seems to be working overtime since it appeared too.

    MBAM and Defender both scanned it as clean so this is a mystery to me...

    Any help would be much appreciated. Many thanks!
    NL
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    Welcome to the forum. Can you post a screenshot from disk management so we can see on no account mess with it as it sounds like the boot partition which shouldn't have a drive letter, mess with it and you won't be able to boot
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    Posts : 2
    8.1 64-bit


    Hey Samurai,

    Thanks for the response!

    After posting last night I recalled leaving the 8.1 install CD in the optical drive after installing and while 8.1 updates ran. I hypothesized that the mysterious F: drive might have been spat out by leaving in the CD and the system trying and failing to run it again. So, while it was fresh I rinsed and repeated: re-install 8 from disk image and install 8.1 from CD.

    And lucky me, it worked No more mysterious F drive.

    Hopefully that's the last of it.

    Thanks again,
    NL
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