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#1 xodus2222

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 11:22 AM

Yesterday, I noticed that this mysterious drive appeared on my computer with my other drives.  The drive is only about 500 megabytes and is listed as a FAT32.  I am not sure where it came from, but I can not open it to access it.  When I click it, it tells me I do not have permission to access this drive. I am the only person that uses this pc and it is always under me as the admin.  The warning said I needed to change the info in the security tab.  However, when I right click to go to the security tab, there isn’t one.  I have security tab on all my folders, but this one does not give me the option.  There is no security tab.  I decided to download an app called takeownership and I installed it and tried to take ownership of the drive, but then it just gave me an invalid command line.  I am not sure what to do about it or if should just ignore it and let it go.  Any suggestions?



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 11:28 AM

Windows 10 has a recovery partition that is about 450MB but it usually has no letter assigned. Is it listed as a Recovery Partition in Disk Management?



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Posted 11 August 2016 - 11:42 AM

I do have a recovery partition drive, but its not this new mysterious one.  Now I have two hard drives listed, with the recovery drive and now this new one that came out of nowhere.



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Posted 11 August 2016 - 11:59 AM

Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management?



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Posted 11 August 2016 - 12:48 PM

Ive add a screen shot from my disk management and another screen shot of just my drives.  If you look at the last screenshot you will see the mysterious ESP M Drive.  It doesnt seem to appear on the disk management screen shot. Click on the photos below to see a larger version of them.

 

disk_management.png

 

 

 

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Edited by xodus2222, 11 August 2016 - 12:49 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 12:59 PM

I think this is some kind of Windows bug. The ESP partition is another name for your EFI partition and for some reason Windows is giving it a drive letter. I am not sure how you would correct this. Hopefully somebody else on the forum has an answer.

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-hardware/a-new-drive-called-espd-appeared-and-i-dont-have/231c9b43-1ed2-4e7f-b1ef-cd8f5b354c37

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-files/win10-upgrade-esp-f-drive/8d4abd03-ae82-42d4-a5ee-efdb34f1424e


Edited by JohnC_21, 11 August 2016 - 01:00 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 01:20 PM

Thanks for the links.  I will take a look at them and see if I can make any changes.  You don't think its anything to be alarmed about do you?


Edited by xodus2222, 11 August 2016 - 01:31 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 03:44 PM

No, I think this is more of a Bug. 

 

Open a command prompt. Type the following commands

 

diskpart     Will bring up the diskpart window

list disk

select disk 0

list volume

 

Copy and Post the output. You can click on the icon on the menu bar. Click Edit > Select All. Then Edit > Copy. Paste into your next post.



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Posted 11 August 2016 - 04:40 PM

Here is what I got
 
DISKPART> list disk
 
  Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
  --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---
  Disk 0    Online          931 GB      0 B        *
  Disk 1    Online         1397 GB      0 B
  Disk 2    No Media           0 B      0 B
  Disk 3    No Media           0 B      0 B
  Disk 4    No Media           0 B      0 B
  Disk 5    No Media           0 B      0 B
 
DISKPART> select disk 0
 
Disk 0 is now the selected disk.
 
DISKPART> list volume
 
  Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
  ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
  Volume 0     D                       DVD-ROM         0 B  No Media
  Volume 1     L                       DVD-ROM         0 B  No Media
  Volume 2     C   OS           NTFS   Partition    918 GB  Healthy    Boot
  Volume 3     M   ESP          FAT32  Partition    500 MB  Healthy    System
  Volume 4         WINRETOOLS   NTFS   Partition    750 MB  Healthy    Hidden
  Volume 5                      NTFS   Partition    450 MB  Healthy    Hidden
  Volume 6         PBR Image    NTFS   Partition     10 GB  Healthy    Hidden
  Volume 7     I   RECOVERY     NTFS   Partition     10 GB  Healthy
  Volume 8     J   OS           NTFS   Partition   1386 GB  Healthy
  Volume 9     E                       Removable       0 B  No Media
  Volume 10    F                       Removable       0 B  No Media
  Volume 11    G                       Removable       0 B  No Media
  Volume 12    H                       Removable       0 B  No Media
 
DISKPART>

Edited by xodus2222, 11 August 2016 - 04:40 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 04:50 PM

Because the computer is UEFI it requires a FAT32 partition in order to boot. I would not worry about M. For some reason Windows decided to assign a drive letter to your ESP partition. You could unassign the letter but I am not sure what affect that would have on the computer. It's best just to leave it as is unless somebody on the Forum can confirm unassigning the letter would not do any harm.



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Posted 11 August 2016 - 05:36 PM

Thanks John for your help.  I greatly appreciate it.



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Posted 12 August 2016 - 04:51 PM

hey i have the same problem 



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Posted 12 August 2016 - 04:55 PM

i just turn on the laptop and there is a driver ESP(F;)



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Posted 12 August 2016 - 05:22 PM

Ive recently discovered that this issue has popped up for a lot of people as of this week.  It makes me think there was some kind of microsoft update.  Its odd that it is happening to a lot of other people all around the same time.



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Posted 13 August 2016 - 07:31 AM

opem cmd (run as admin)

C:\WINDOWS\system32>diskpart

DISKPART> list volume


select volume (any you want to remove/hidden)

                         (after you select a volume type remove)

DISKPART> remove

 

and that's it!

 






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