Local Disk (Q: ) appears on My Computer

December 14, 2011 at 14:55:13
Specs: Windows 7
I had an external HD connected to my laptop, but a power-surge at the plug blew the adaptor. This broke the mechanics within my External HD whilst it was connected to the laptop.

I've accepted that it is broken, and am currently investigating retrieving the data.
However it has also left the drive shown on My Computer - even when the device has been removed.
It shows as 'Local Disk (Q: )' on My Computer.

I don't appear to be able to get rid of it. I don't have permissions to delete it apparently, it has no properties. It doesn't show in device manager.
I don't have any virtual drives, I don't have any SD cards or card readers attached.
This happened a few days ago, in that time I've rebooted a few times but the drive is still shown.

How can I get rid of this?

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium.

Thanks in advance

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December 14, 2011 at 15:17:26
If the drive came with backup software that would explain the behavior. The drive then must use the same letter all the time. There are pointers in your system to that drive.

How do you know the drive is dead? There are two hardware components that make up a USB external hard drive. You can try removing the drive and connecting it to a computer directly, or get a USB adapter to connect it.

The enclosure is in line for the surge before the actual hard drive.

If the drive was actually fried by the surge the cost of recovery is steep.

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