Amazing appearing + disappearing hard drive

By ooembino ·
I wonder if this is something obvious.

I have, nor has anyone else round here, partitioned my C drive. This afternoon, I noticed an additional 'Local hard drives (C:)'

It was there for about 30 mins and has now gone.

I have never noticed this before so im wondering if its part of some kind of process thats gone over my head (evidently I don't know much yet. Its a family business Im no IT whizz) Other than that does anyone know what it might be or why/where it has gone?

I had a look at it while it was there and it basically had the same files on it that my c drive does.

My usual C drive was also visible while the second one was up.

Go on. Educate and embarass me.

Many thanks

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OK I'll bite

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Amazing appearing + disap ...

What is this on like the Make & Model of the computer and OS in use


How big was this Partition showing as?


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I'm curious

by Jacky Howe In reply to Amazing appearing + disap ...

as to whether you have any Virtual Drive sofware installed. It has been known to create Phantom drives.

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"Shadowing" can occassionally cause this ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Amazing appearing + disap ...

When your system is running the Shadow RAM system it keeps a regularly updated copy of everything you are doing, in a separate hard drive area in case your system crashes. When a crash occurs under these circumstances, your recovery time is around 1 to 2 seconds because the Shadow RAM kicks in to replace the crashed 'live' system to the point just before the crash occurred.

Shadow RAM does from time to time, invoke a full snapshot of your system that can be visible if you happen to be viewing the hard drive directories when it is doing it's updates.

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