Drive letter query

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Subject: Drive letter query
Posted by:  PaulLG (PaulLG@community.nospam)
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009

I have a server running Windows 2003 Standard, SP2. It has two hardware
arrays. These show in Windows Explorer, and in Disk Management as C: and Y:,
however Computer Management\Shares shows admin shares for C$, D$ (optical),
F$ and Y$.

At the command prompt I can navigate F: and Y:, which show the same drive
name and serial number at the DIR command. Content is identical.

There are several user shares for F$ shown in Computer Management, and these
are all mapped correctly by clients.

The F: drive is not available through Windows Explorer, and the shares are
not shown when viewing the Y: drive in Windows Explorer (though the folders

In Disk Management, F is not available in the "Change Drive Letter" utility.

The SUBST command shows no substitutions in force.

I am sure that F: and Y: are one and the same drive, but I can't explain the
two drive letters and am concerned that there may be a problem waiting to

Has anyone got any ideas on what is happening here?