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beegeebee | 20:56 Fri 21st Oct 2016 | Computers
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I am continually getting a box with the words P:\
And underneath that is a message 'The Directory name is Invalid'
I have 4 Hard Drives split into various but not of them is P! In fact the last drive letter I have on the computer is 'I' which is an SSD I recently installed with the intent (eventually) to become the C drive.
In trying to find Directory P I have been singularly unsuccessful! Any ideas how to rid my system of this problem would be greatly appreciated.
I am using Windows 10 with the latest update. B

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have you gone to a command prompt and tried to enter P - there is a possibility its hidden.
It is possible you have a programme that is looking for the P: drive which doesn't exist
Could be a recovery partition that has been set up by windows during recovery. I think I would defrag it and leave it if I couldn't identify it. 4 hard drives? With a SSD hard drive you don't even need a partition any way. Are you GCHQ?
You never will find a P drive because the computer is telling it that a program running is looking for it and can't find it. In other words, it does not exist.
There is clearly some program running in the background (automatic backup? or similar) which is looking for the P drive. A solution would be to create a new, very small partition, label it as the P drive and the problem will either go away or tell you it can't find a directory within the P drive. That might give you a clue as to what background program is trying to access the non-existent drive P.
Possibly a configuration file in a directory you copied & pasted, or a setting in the registry. If you carefully search your registry for P: it may yield a clue.
I would have thought that someone who has 4 Hard Drives on a single appliance is a real 'Techie'. Consequently, I feel absolutely inferior to attempt any answer on this posting.

Hans.
Any chance of a 'screenshot' of the message box?
I'm puzzled by why Togo says you don't need to partition an SSD. You don't need to partition any disc, it's just done for convenience. I partition my discs so that I can have photos on one partition, videos on another etc.
Hard disks, USB drives, SD cards — anything with storage space must be partitioned. An unpartitioned drive can’t be used until it contains at least one partition, but a drive can contain multiple partitions.
If you partition a HARD DRIVE, the first partitions perform better than the last ones because they're situated at the outermost tracks which have the highest transfer rates. People often do this to make sure, for example, that the OS is located on the fasted part of the hard drive. But SSDs have the same transfer rates for all sectors, so this does not apply to them. There's no reason to partition an SSD in the hopes that you can get better performance out of one partition than another.
Thanks Togo - I didn't realise people partitioned for performance.

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