Hello! Occasionally, when I seem to least expect it there is an additional "drive" listed in the above location of my HP Pentium Windows 8 laptop. So, there is my C drive, my Recovery (D) drive and my optical (E) drive. But sometimes there is another drive that's not mine and doesn't appear to be in any way connected to Windows Update b/c there ARE no pending updates I have initiated or downloaded and it can appear for no reason. It is always 256MB and generally has 156MB of that used. I can not browse it b/c even though I am logged in as admin, the drive is locked. I can not format it to wipe it (same reason) and the only way I can get rid of it is to reboot--sometimes it comes back, when I am not watching--or using CCLeaner's DRIVEWIPE utility which when I wipe that unknown drive, I get the blue screen with a message telling me something went wrong, an unhappy face :-( and I am told to wait while "files are updated" (and a percentage ticker as the "files" get updated).
I do NOT wait--I just long-press the power button which shuts down the computer. Then I restart and it starts like normal.
(In the past when I DID wait, it took forever to "Update" and when it finally rebooted, more "Updating" would occur).
I don't do torrents, don't visit questionable sites, don't open attachments and in a word, have a secure environment. I have used command prompt to block all automatic wireless connections except my own. I know there's hackers out there and some of them are people who think they're serving America by embedding surveillance firmware/software and this is what I think is happening b/c I am a free speech activist trying to have the NSA's unconstitutional surveillance activities defunded.
The next time this appears I would like to use a more aggressive mode to query the provenance of this unknown drive (which I think is some kind of illicit partition) but don't know how, since it has restricted access. Can anyone help me? I can be patient as I await a reply and just FYI, I have donated to the worthy cause advertised on the welcome banner of this site.
Edited by vlaxonia, 02 November 2016 - 01:46 PM.