The Mysterious Q Drive On Windows 7

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  1. So, does anybody else wonder if microsoft is collecting copies of ALL my MS Office files on the Q: drive for unconstitutional dissemination to our illustrious federal spy agencies to, ya know, keep America safe and the citizens under Obama’s thumb?

  2. hi there …I tried the above mentioned thing but it failed.Now when i try to open Q drive it shows the same
    message “access denied”.My hard disk drive is 0f 500GB but unfortunately i am able to use only 300GB .I think my rest of 200GB is in Q DRIVE….HELP ME OUT

  3. I have an Acer laptop and it has a drive Q: and it you go to file explorer and click on computer (left panel), the right panel show C: and Q: and if you single click on Q: drive it states ‘Microsoft Office Click-to-Run 2010 (Protected)’. I also have a 500Gb drive and it say I have 447Gb, yet Q: drive uses 0 bytes. I know Acer store backup files in-case you need to re-install windows, but this must be hidden.

  4. Wow, have I got an unusual situation……interesting, puzzling, but definitely strange!

    I have a second hand laptop (Dell Inspiron 1545, Win7-64 Home Premium) that may have had Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 on it at some point, but no longer. This is verified by checking in Control Panel | Uninstall a Program: There are absolutely no Microsoft Office products installed, nor any “click-to-install” programs.

    However, when I plug in an external hard drive, the so-called Q: drive shows up along with the C: drive, but NOT my external hard drive. The Q drive does not appear when I plug in a camera, an iphone, or a USB drive, but only my external HD (which connects via firewire through an expresscard).

    SO HOW CAN THIS BE?? There are no MS Office programs running on my computer. What is creating the Q: drive?

    When I go into Control Panel | System Security | Adminsitrative Tools | Computer Management | Storage | Disk Management, no such Q drive area appears, however, a mysterious 4 GB unallocated partition is there. Could that be a clue? The computer is malware free (scanned with Kaspersky, ESET, malwarebytes, Hitman Pro, Emsisoft).

    Anyway, I’m totally puzzled.

  5. Diskmgmt.msc displays physical drives. Drive Q: (click-to-run) is a virtual drive.

  6. Diskmgmt.msc displays information about physical drives. Drive Q: is a virtual drive. It does n’t “really” exist and it is not taking up physical space on your hard drive. If you don’t like it, you can either hide the letter Q: from explorer, switch to an msi delivery method of the software or not install the software using the click-to-run method.

  7. Wondering why anyone would pay for Office when you can get Open Office or Libre Office for free, that is just as good as, if not better than Microsoft. But I guess some people just like to piss their money away and don’t care that Microsoft reads and pilfers what they’ve written. Sad !

  8. Probably because Microsoft Office is far superior to Open Office or Libre Office or any of the other free offerings.

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