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Mysterious HDD partition (Q:) RAW file system

I'm not sure when it happened, but I noticed when looking "My Computer" under "Hard Disk Drives" there is an additional drive partition. I have never partitioned my hard drive so i'm not sure how this mysterious Q: drive was created, In addition, I can not open, explore or scan it for viruses. When I right click on the drive and select properties, it says its
Type: Local Disk
File System: RAW
Used space: 0 bytes
Free space: 0 bytes

I tried to remove the partition using the Computer Management option under Administrative Tools, but the partition does not show up.
How do I get rid of this mysterious partition?
Should I be worried?
Think it is some kind of virus?

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name RYAN-SLB4H53032
System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
System Model Inspiron 5100
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2392 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A32, 18/10/2004
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale Canada
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name RYAN-SLB4H53032\Ryan Mackay
Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
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Available Physical Memory 292.72 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
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I take it since it is a dell you bought the computer with everything installed and never fromatted the HD? Many PC manufacturers come with the drives partitioned from the factory. My sony multimedia PC had a seperate partition that was the default storage location for all the music & videos so in case the OS crashed, you could reinstall it without having to delete the media files on the other partition. Being that you can't access it, it is probably where the restore software is stored. My IBM thinkpad is the same way. If you need to recover the system, the necessary files are on a hidden and locked partition so you don't have to worry about finding the disks.
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I take it since it is a dell you bought the computer with everything installed and never fromatted the HD? Many PC manufacturers come with the drives partitioned from the factory. My sony multimedia PC had a seperate partition that was the default storage location for all the music & videos so in case the OS crashed, you could reinstall it without having to delete the media files on the other partition. Being that you can't access it, it is probably where the restore software is stored. My IBM thinkpad is the same way. If you need to recover the system, the necessary files are on a hidden and locked partition so you don't have to worry about finding the disks.
Thanks for the quick response.
In fact, this past winter I completely formated the HD and just created 1 complete partition. My computer is very streamlined without any excessive programs or partitions... I'm stumped as to how this additional RAW partition was created and why I can't remove it
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Another thing I just noticed if that I right click on the RAW Q: partition in My Computer and select format, I get a message saying "You do not have sufficient rights to perform this operation."
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i would just not worry about it or use gparted to deleted and not the basic disk manager
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i would just not worry about it or use gparted to deleted and not the basic disk manager
What exactly is gparted? Is it a windows program or do I need to download it?

Anyone else have any other input?
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i guess i meant like partition magic or something like that, you could even use the windows disk delete it
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OP, for now don't worry, but if you reinstall windows next time, just format the entire hard drive and forget about that crap. After you reinstall everything just make an image of your computer and save it to dvd/usbstick/another hd. The bloatware that comes with most pc makers is just sickening.
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Maybe it's his backup partition... I forgot wtf it's technically called, but I do know that if you shouldnt b able to view it. How's your other hd.. is the capacity the same as what dell told u? (or close, it's never right)... OR just get partition magic, and that'll solve it.. I can send it to u if you want
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I formated my computer this past December and completely removed the Dell back-up/restore partition. I don't like the idea of partitioning my hard drive and made sure to completely remove all partitions on my last format. For the longest time, I had 1 solid partition, "C:". And then all of the sudden this "Q:" partition (RAW file system) shows up. I want to get rid of it!
Thanks for all your inputs so far, Ry
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If you did a full format, meaning you deleted the C and Q paritions with a full NTFS format then all I can think of is either you installed windows from a dell cd which is worse than commiting murder, or dell has one of those devices that remembers the cd key/stuff in the pc. I know dell uses that tech for schools, Ive never seen them in residentential pcs though. hmmmm


edit= also it could be something else other than a harddrive. it could be a virtual drive and you are just having software problems, or it could be a cd/dvd drive or a flash drive, check those out

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Okay, so I figured out where the "Q:" drive came from. I recently installed a program (Softricity) to access various applications made avaliable to me through my University. I emailed the IT support team and they just got back to me this morning. Here's what they said,

"Hello Ryan,

The Q drive is a virtual hard drive that the MyVLab client creates in
order to store and use the various applications available through the
MyVLab website. This drive is empty (taking up none of your hard drives
maximum space) and is indeed in a RAW format. You may have also noticed
that you do not have access to read/write to this drive as well. This is
all normal, and a result of the MyVLab client. It also would not have
changed anything within the drive's partition table, so all of your data
is intact. If you were to uninstall the MyVLab client, you should notice
that this Q drive disappears as well.

I hope this helps Ryan. In short, there is nothing bad about this Q
drive, it's just necessary so that the MyVLab software works properly.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at..."


I feel much better knowing what that Q: drive is all about.

Thanks for all your help guys!

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