Please insert a disk into Removable Disk (N:).

Colin Brazier
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I get File Explorer popping up with this message every few seconds.

I have nothing except my wireless mouse receiver in any of my USB slots.   I have moved the mouse receiver to a different USB slot but it still complains about N.

I am using Windows 10.

I have tried rebooting.

Any ideas please?  This is getting rather annoying now.

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Do you have a built-in card reader?
Does Explorer show N: under My Computer?
James Edwards3rd Line Engineer

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If you're absolutely sure N: shouldn't be there....

Right-click the start button.  Select 'Disk Management'.

When the window opens, check for N: in the list of drives/devices.  if present, right-click and select 'delete volume'.

I suspect nothing will show in there though as it's asking for a disk that is NOT present.  In that case, check in Device Manager for disks.  You may have one listed with a faulty driver.

After that, I would start considering SSD memory card slots if this is a laptop.  Is it?
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Computer Management>Disk Management.  Right-Click the drive in Question and change the drive letter
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James Edwards3rd Line Engineer

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Also, run MSConfig and for testing purposes, untick 'load startup items'.  Restart.  If the issue is cleared, then systematically go through the Start Up Group items on the Startup' tab, re-enabling one at a time until you find the culprit.  Unless one sticks out like a sore thumb, in which case go for that 1st.

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Drive N: in Windows 7 was for the Microsoft Virtual program.  Look in add/remove programs and uninstall if you are not using

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Thanks all.

It does show up in File Explorer, does this screenshot help at all?
Disk N properties - hardware
General properties: 0 space used; 0 space free.

N does show in Disk Management, as 2nd screenshot shows.Disk Mgmt
I do have two other USB slots in use - the wired printer and wired keyboard.

Author

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Changed drive letter to P, same problem. Only with P!

Author

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I can't find Microsoft Virtual program in my list of programs.
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Have you used a card reader recently? - the one built into your Pixma printer?  Windows thinks it's still in use.

To fix (unless there's a hardware fault) ideally you'll need to insert a card in the reader designated N: (or now "P:"!)
then change the designated drive letter - try Z:

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Have you recently used one of your card readers

Good point.  I have never used the one in the printer (didn't know there was one!) and the Sandisk drive is an internal HDD.  But, I have used a USB card reader quite a lot and probably didn't eject it the proper way at some stage.
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Ahh - you caught me out editing my last post when I worked out the SanDisk was an SSD :)
See if the error still appears if you restart with the printer unplugged
If it does then yes Windows has a temp file path to/on the removable card on the now missing card reader - I should have been more circumspect in my first post "do you now or have you ever owned a removable card reader ..." :)

Plug the card reader back in put a card in N/P and that should help you clear it.

Author

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Yeah fooled me too, SanDisk have diversified.

Have restarted with the printer unplugged.  OK so far........

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Yup, guess it's fixed.  Printer back in and all OK.

Cheers

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Thanks!

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