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  1. Charles96

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    What are all these extra drives doing on my computer? I don't recognize them. I'm certain I didn't plug any extra drives into my computer. :confused: And I also want to get rid of these drives so the Safely Remove Hardware icon won't appear anymore.

    http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/9299/extradrives.png
     
  2. jrbuergel

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    Could those drives be from a built in digital media card reader installed in your computer. Also you can open Administrative Tools in the control panel, then Computer Management, then open Disk Management to better view drives and partitions.
     
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    You can look in the Device Manager under; "Disk drives" and "Storage volumes" to try to get more details about these drives. What brand and type of computer is this ?
     
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    That shows a USB camera media card reader, which if it was built in would not show the; "safely remove", so it must be some device of this type plugged in by USB some where on that PC. Some external hard drives do have a card reader included, so if you have one then check that.
     
  7. Charles96

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    Thanks. I'll check if my computer has anything plugged and start testing.

    EDIT: Strange. My mouse/keyboard, power, internet are the only things plugged in.
     
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    Built in card readers usually plug into one of the USB headers on the Motherboard if it's a Desktop. XP would see it as an external USB device.

    In Device Manager, look under the Universal Serial Bus Controllers category, see if you can find the controller for the Memory Card device. If you don't use it, you can disable it (Right click, Properties, Device Usage drop down on General tab). Hopefully the drives will not appear if the controller is disabled.
     
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