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Cannot read drives unless I reboot

By choffert ·
All of my removable drives cannot read any media after media is swapped. To read a CD, I must insert the CD and reboot the machine, otherwise it cannot be read. The same holds true for Card media and other removable media. This is a relatively new behavior not following any upgrades, patches, or other software install I'm aware of. I do use Zone Alarm in addition to sitting behind a router.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to Cannot read drives unless ...

It same is a windows problem. Is not possible a hardware problem for all the removable drives in the same time. The solution is reinstalling the windows. (if you are sure virus free)

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Cannot read drives unless ...

When you run the AV scan do it in Safe Mode as you are more likely to pick up any problems and be able to remove them. I agree it very much sounds like a Windows problem and could be either a Virus or some spy ware the MS Anti Spy Ware tool in Beta form actually looks quite good even if it is shown up with Ad aware and Spy Bot S&amp as a possible infection run all three again in Safe Mode

Spy Bot is available for download from

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

Ad Aware is available from

http://www.download.com/3000-2144-10045910.html?part=69274&subj=dlpage&tag=button

And the MS Beta program is available from

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=321cd7a2-6a57-4c57-a8bd-dbf62eda9671&displaylang=en

If they all show that the unit is clean you'll have to reinstall Windows again because something is very wrong there but first try all of the above and your AV product before you take that big step and reload.

Also if you do reload remember to wipe the HDD with a utility that writes 0 to every sector so that nothing on the drive can possible reappear after you reload after all you don't want a corrupt reload after you have gone to all that trouble do you?

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by tripster_web_design In reply to Cannot read drives unless ...

It sounds like you may be seeing an issue that is very common with "Burning Software" that uses Virtual Drive technology.

For example, CloneCD by Elby will install a Virtual Drive area into your system when it is installed and it may not show a problem until some other software is either installed or uninstalled or becomes corrupt. These Virtual Image Areas attempt to Lock Drives and sometimes do not know when to release them or some thing occurs that does not allow them to release or unlock the drive as it supposed to.

That answer is not as broad as it may sound so don't think me to be just blowing smoke. I have found this issue more common to what I describe than to any other cause.

If you are running XP or an Operating System that can read all Drives in Safe Mode, you can then boot into Safe Mode and attempt to read your drives "normally", if they do not Lock, Freeze, of Disappear, then you are most likely looking at a Virtual Drive Image issue or another Software issue rather than a Hardware issue.

As I always do in post like this, I end it with saying that my answer is simply a direction to look toward and may not be correct.

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by Maggot In reply to Cannot read drives unless ...

Yes it does sound like possibly some security software drivers afoot. Go to Device Manager > View > click Show Hidden Devices > Non Plug and Play drivers look for Starforce entries. If they are there possibly this is the cause of your problems.

Google Starfore removal. Here is the link:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=starforce+removal

This partricular security software seems to cause quite a bit of trouble that they released a removal tool. If the drivers are removed they will be re-installed when the program they belong to is launched. Sometime these aren't removed when the rest of the program is un-installed.

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