Two linked drives but no Symbolic links - How to Undo this?

July 15, 2018 at 16:32:02
Specs: Windows 7, i7-3770K 2x8GB DDR3
I am having problems with Windows 7 x64 Sp1 and a Hard drive where Windows is installed and a small SSD drive which is meant as a caching drive as part of my motherboard. The problem that I am having is that the two drives seem to be linked, for example if I delete a desktop icon from \users\<username>\Desktop\ the file disappears from the desktop folder on the SSD.

I have checked for symbolic links using SageLinks and Nirsoft Specialfolders and there are no references to the SSD drive. I have changed the SSD drive letter and still the connection persists. I have done the recommended ways of changing and defaulting the folder location with no change to the problem.

I did not know that I was using the SSD drive until a day back, I was running out of drive space so I might of done something, which I now cannot remember, to reduce the space used on the C drive.

I want to format the SSD drive because it has a failed windows install on it which is no longer needed and I do not want to be writing to the SSD on a regular basis which is what is currently happening.

How do I eliminate the connection between these two drives without affecting my windows install any more than has already happened?

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July 15, 2018 at 17:04:11
The full path to the desktop is normally C:\users\<username>\Desktop\
So it seems reasonable to me that they are linked. Same thing happens on mine too, without an extra drive of any sort.

Sorry but I've never attempted what you are trying to do. Presumably you've seen this:

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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July 15, 2018 at 17:55:10
Another safe way, uncable the good drives & use your Windows CD/DVD/thumb drive to boot into the SSD.
During the install, delete all the partitions, until Delete is greyed out & you are left with Unallocated.

Then exit as per the onscreen instructions.

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July 15, 2018 at 18:47:08
Just out of curiosity, open a PowerShell window and share the output of the following:
gwmi win32_mountpoint | ft -a d*, v*

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July 16, 2018 at 00:03:14
gwmi win32_mountpoint | ft -a d*, v*

Directory Volume
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Win32_Directory.Name="C:\\" Win32_Volume.DeviceID="\\\\?\\Volume{2d79e6b2-6c05-11e8-a16e-806e6f6e6963}\\"
Win32_Directory.Name="E:\\" Win32_Volume.DeviceID="\\\\?\\Volume{2d79e6b3-6c05-11e8-a16e-806e6f6e6963}\\"
Win32_Directory.Name="L:\\" Win32_Volume.DeviceID="\\\\?\\Volume{2d79e6b4-6c05-11e8-a16e-806e6f6e6963}\\"
Win32_Directory.Name="F:\\" Win32_Volume.DeviceID="\\\\?\\Volume{2d79e6b1-6c05-11e8-a16e-806e6f6e6963}\\"
Win32_Directory.Name="K:\\" Win32_Volume.DeviceID="\\\\?\\Volume{2d79e6b5-6c05-11e8-a16e-806e6f6e6963}\\"
Win32_Directory.Name="D:\\" Win32_Volume.DeviceID="\\\\?\\Volume{3611a819-761d-11e8-9b6d-806e6f6e6963}\\"

F, C E & L are the hard drive whereas K is the SSD which was renamed from G. There is another 100MB partition on the SSD which is hidden. D is the blurray drive. I have tried hiding K and windows did boot okay. However it is a bit worrying not knowing what problems might arise at a later time because of potentially having something linked to the drive after the drive is deleted.

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July 16, 2018 at 00:28:21

I am not using the Intel drivers now therefore Smart Response caching is not being used.

As far as I am aware, Windows does use a number of different link types, as shown by SageLinks. SpecialFoldersView by Nirsoft shows the Folder names all of which point to either drive C or Drive E which is a partition on my hard drive for data. None of them point to either G or K which were/are the SSD drive letters.

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July 16, 2018 at 00:33:23

Deleting the drive is not the difficulty, I could do that using Partition Mini Tool from a boot CD. It's the possible consequences of doing that after it is done. If there are links to the drive it will most likely cause problems. If all else fails I might try changing the drive ID to see if that breaks the link because the drive letter certainly does not.

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July 17, 2018 at 07:33:47
Well, I can tell you partitioned with a third party tool. Similarly, I assume this caching is done with the same. You might find clues if you run fltmc filters, but I'm wondering if you have some sort of syncing / active backup set up between both drives. Other than that, if you're wondering what the concerns are, just physically remove the one of the drives, and see what happens.

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