Local drive visible in explorer but cant see in diskmgmt.msc

I have a windows 10 PC with a single disk split into various partitions. c and d drives are visible in explorer but I also have an f drive in explorer that I cant see in diskmgmt.msc. There is no partition assigned the letter f.

In explorer its says f is a local drive but I dont know where that is.

This is a new HP business desktop PC. There are no usb drives or anything like that attached.

Any ideas?
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roy_battyDirectorAsked:
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KimputerCommented:
Could also be a storage media reader (if it's empty, and you click F:, it will tell you it doesn't work).
If the media reader is empty, then F: will be indeed in the Explorer (depending on the drivers of the media reader, some types only get a drive letter AFTER media is inserted) and NOT in drive management (since there's nothing to report).
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McKnifeCommented:
Open cmd and launch
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Open in new window

Does that show any output?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Have you checked if the cardreader slot is active? You can go to BIOS and try disabling this reader device there and check if the F: disappears.
In Windows Disk Management it should be shown similar to DVD-ROM device. No partition but at the left on grey line the drive letter assigned.
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roy_battyDirectorAuthor Commented:
When I click on f in explorer it displays what looks like an empty drive. It displays the drive size as around 2GB and that  1.6GB is free, as if something is stored in there. I dropped a test word file on the drive and I can see just that file in explorer.

What I really want to do is give it a different drive letter. Something other than f, as I have a network drive that the user needs access to that needs to be f also.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Can you post here a screenshot of your windows disk management?
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roy_battyDirectorAuthor Commented:
OK found it. Noxcho was correct.

It was marked as recovery partition in diskmanagement (one of 2 recovery partitions??) .

There was no letter assigned to it in diskmanagement. Why would this be?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
A ghost drive letter or the drive letter was assigned in some third party program.
You can use Diskpart tool from Windows to remove that drive letter. See here how: https://www.disk-partition.com/diskpart/assign-drive-letter-4125.html
Recovery partition if it is empty was created by HP for some needs.
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roy_battyDirectorAuthor Commented:
Noxcho pointed me in the right direction but my commend was the most accurate summary in this case
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