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Q: Deleting a "RAM Disk" from "My Computer" in Windows XP ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Deleting a "RAM Disk" from "My Computer" in Windows XP
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: nate77-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 19 Sep 2003 16:58 PDT
Expires: 19 Oct 2003 16:58 PDT
Question ID: 258396
I need help removing a "RAM Disk" or "RAM Drive" from my computer. 
When I open "My Computer," under the heading of "Other" at the bottom,
I have something called "RAM Disk (Z:)".  This was a Virtual RAM Drive
I created months ago, testing it out as my disk cache in Internet
Explorer, instead of using your hard-drive as the normal disk cache. 
Well, it ended up not working as I had hoped.

So, that's my question, in a nutshell.  How do I remove this
mysterious "RAM Disk (Z:)" from my computer?

And, as a sidenote, if I double-click on this so-called "drive", it
comes up with an error saying, "Z:\ is not accessible.  Incorrect
Function."  Hopefully that will help.  Obviously, the drive does not
appear to exist anymore, but I want it to disappear out of "My
Computer."  So, maybe there's a registry hack I could perform to
delete that drive from appearing.  Thanks in advance.
Subject: Re: Deleting a "RAM Disk" from "My Computer" in Windows XP
Answered By: missy-ga on 19 Sep 2003 17:50 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Nate!

Don't you hate it when your computer decides to be uncooperative?  You
can fix it, though, with a minimum of fuss.  What you need is a nifty
little utility called TweakUI, which is part of the Microsoft Power
Toys Set.

You don't say which version of Windows you're running, so I'll include
links for the Win 95/98/ME set, as well as the XP set:

Microsoft Power Toys for Win95/98/ME

Microsoft Power Toys for WinXP

How you go about installing them depends largely on your OS.  DO NOT
try to install the XP toys on your ME system, or the 95/98/ME toys on
your XP system.  You'll hurt things, and It Won't Be Pretty.

For either:

Create a folder called "Power Toys" on your computer.  (I like to keep
mine in C:\ ).  Download the file to that folder.

If you're using 95/98/ME, you have to download the entire set, then
extract the files into the Power Toys folder.  If you're using XP, you
need only download the TweakUI file.

For 95/98/ME:

In the Power Toys folder, find the TWEAKUI.INF file.  Right click on
it, select install, and if it tells you it can't find a particular
file, browse to the Power Toys folder to locate it.

For WinXP:

Double click TWEAKUI.EXE.  It installs itself.

All done?  Good.  Open up your Control Panel, and find the TweakUI
icon.  Double click it.  Select the "My Computer" tab.  To prevent any
drive from being displayed in "My Computer", just uncheck the relevant
box.  Click Apply, then OK, and you're all done.  Restart Windows, and
that Z:\ drive will no longer show up to bedevil you.

Hope this helps!


Search terms: [ power toys ]
nate77-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks a lot Missy!  I've used TweakUI for years and years, and forgot
all about that nifty little feature.  Thanks for the reminder!

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