Remove Reference to a Non-Existent Removable Drive

I made the mistake of allowing a friend to try to attach his external HDD to my laptop. It was one of those generic cases that you just drop a drive into. Well, when it asked for the driver disk, he gave it the wrong one.

Now, I always have a reference to a removeable drive, even when nothing is attached. It doesn't seem to be causing any problems, but it is annoying. It is always the same drive letter (E:). I have gone to the Device Manager and removed the visible traces of the drive. But, it is always there when I reboot the system.

Is there an entry/entries in the registry I should be looking for to make my laptop forget about that removable drive?

Next time, I will pay much closer attention to what is going on with my laptop.
beyenhoftAsked:
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sirbountyCommented:
Try this...
Start->Run->CMD
 now type:

Set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
Start devmgmt.msc

Inside Device Manager, click View/Show hidden devices.
Locate the mystery device-  it should appear as a 'ghost' icon.
Uninstall it from there and reboot...
doby48Commented:
Open Device Manage, click on View and select Show Hidden Devices. You should now be able to see the item, right-click it and choose uninstall. If for some reason it won't let you uninstall it you may need to reboot in safe mode first but you should be able to do this in normal mode.
beyenhoftAuthor Commented:
I have removed all of the ghost icons under disk drives and under storage volumes.

Still no resolution.

I guess I need a way to find out what what devices are connected to this mystery removable drive.

Any other options?

sirbountyCommented:
Not 'just' the ghost icons, but any other icon referencing the removable drive...

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beyenhoftAuthor Commented:
Sorry Experts

I just realized that this question was still open.

Thanks for the help.
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