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I have 1 CD drive; My Computer says I have 2?


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#1 WhyBeNormal

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 04:24 PM

So I think I'm a pretty advanced computer user. At least comparatively. But this has me completely baffled. :thumbsup:

On my Acer Aspire 3620 laptop, my hardware is all pretty stock. The only things I've changed would be a RAM upgrade I did, and I had the computer center on campus (Univ. of Akron) clean out dust from the inside and reapply some thermal compound.

But one day, I turned on my computer and happened to notice in My Computer that is says I have 2 CD drives?

Look:
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This is just one drive: the stock CD-RW/DVD-RW drive. Oh, and when I pop a disc in, it shows up in D:\. E:\ seems to be nothing.


Any ideas?
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Posted 27 March 2009 - 05:05 PM

Have you installed any software that emulates a virtual Cd/DVD drive?

In this virtual drive you can load a cd image like ISO file and the computer treats it as if you have an extra cd/dvd drive. Look in your add/remove programs list, what softwares you have installed. Softwares like Nero, CDBurner XP, PowerISO, UltraISO, MagicISO, VirtualDrive, DeamonTools, Alchohol 120% etc are known to install these virtual drives.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 05:43 PM

Have you installed any software that emulates a virtual Cd/DVD drive?

In this virtual drive you can load a cd image like ISO file and the computer treats it as if you have an extra cd/dvd drive. Look in your add/remove programs list, what softwares you have installed. Softwares like Nero, CDBurner XP, PowerISO, UltraISO, MagicISO, VirtualDrive, DeamonTools, Alchohol 120% etc are known to install these virtual drives.

Oh, damn. Why didn't I think of that? Yeah, I've got Deamon Tools Lite for mounting images. I wonder why it tells my computer I have an extra drive even when I'm not using the program? Huh. I'll have to look into that. Thanks for the heads up, dude. :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 08:16 PM

Thats how Virtual drives work. Even if you use the program or not, the cd rom virtual drive is installed and will show up in My Computer. Now u can load cd images to it using the program.

In case of deamon tools, you can set number of virtual cd/dvd drives but the minimum number is 1. So you will always have atleast 1 virtual dvd drive installed. The only way to remove that virtual drive(IMHO) is to uninstall DeamonTools.

If you use this software, let it stay as it is. It wont do any harm.

Im glad that you sorted it out :thumbsup:

Edited by Romeo29, 27 March 2009 - 08:17 PM.


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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:36 PM

Thanks man. :thumbsup:
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