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C:\windows\system32\drivers\disk.sys And C:\windows\system32\drivers\partmgr.sys

Q: C:\windows\system32\drivers\disk.sys And C:\windows\system32\drivers\partmgr.sys

CD drive (D:) on my system doesn?t even exist, I have one DVD drive player and one DVD/CD burner named (F:) and (N:). When trying to manage drive letters in control panel under administrative tools disk management CD drive (D:) does not even show up, I usually have this letter reserved for an external hard drive, now none of my short cuts icons etc will work because I cannot change this letter back. The actual name of this mysterious drive in device manager is WDC WD3000JS-60PDB0, the drivers it uses is C:\windows\system32\Drivers\disk.sys and C:\windows\system32\drivers\PartMgr.sys any ideas on how to remove this. Thanks.

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Preferred Solution: C:\windows\system32\drivers\disk.sys And C:\windows\system32\drivers\partmgr.sys

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A: C:\windows\system32\drivers\disk.sys And C:\windows\system32\drivers\partmgr.sys should use Disk Management to change drive letters...with the understanding that you cannot assign a letter that is already taken by any drive attached...until you change that drive's letter .This explains it better, Hard Drive Letter Assignments - Louis
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A:Do you need more than Windows default tools to check/repair a hard drive?

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Ray G said:

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amalsk said:

Hey Guys. I would like to upgrade my computer. I've got a 40 GB HDD right now. Is it possible to add another 80 GB HDD to my computer? If so, how? Could I use both the HDDs?Click to expand...

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amalsk said:

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Spybat said:

I am having Nvidia Geforce 740M 2 GB graphic card .My Graphic card drivers are malfunctionig.The screen starts to flicker when I play games like dishonored ,arkham city etc .I have tried reinstalling the games as well as I have Uninstalled and then again installed my graphic card drivers again. I have even tried the newer versions of my graphic card drivers. But its not helping.Click to expand...

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