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Invalid drive Z: ?

Discussion in 'Software' started by philbenson, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. philbenson

    philbenson Byte Poster

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    I've just been trying to install Nortons Antivirus on my laptop and it has been repeatedly aborting with an error message about an invalid Z: drive. In My Computer, I had a drive mapping to a share on another PC as the Z: drive. This PC however is currently switched off and so I disconnected the mapping to free up the Z: drive path.

    My USB stick is configured as the Z: drive when it is plugged in, but it has no relevant files on it which I can think should affect software installation.

    Having said that, I have just plugged the stick in (configured as the Z: drive) and the AV software installed fine.

    Any suggestions?
     
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  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Didn't you just fix your own problem there? :blink
     
  3. philbenson

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    I guess so. I was just curious to know why the Nortons installer should care about whether there was a Z drive or not when it was being installed from the completely separate D: drive.

    Had the CD drive been configured as the Z: drive, or had I been trying to install Nortons from the shared drive mapping of the PC which is turned off, then the problem would indeed have been obvious
     
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  4. Clyde

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    thats probably because nortons is a steaming pile of rancid poo :D
     
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  5. moominboy

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    i concur Captain. :biggrin
     
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  6. Neall

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    I had this problem before with a few software installations.

    Turns out it was because my windows installation was on a different drive to C:

    To solve it i made a vitual drive c: by mapping it to a new folder with the SUBST command in DOS.

    I then continued to install to my windows installation drive without a hitch and deleted the virtual drive after.

    Took me ages to figure this out.

    Thought it would be worth a mention.

    Neall
     
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  7. philbenson

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    Well something untoward is going on because I cannot install ANY software without having my damn usb stick inserted. Now no one can tell me that is normal! If I try I just get the little dialogue box coming up with the same old message Invalid Z: drive.

    A pile of poo Nortons may be (anyone care to be a little more specifc about that (?) because I haven't experienced any problems with it up to now and if any attempted software installation is producing the problem I don't see why I should blame Nortons explicitly.

    Otherwise I think a hard disk format and software rebuild is called for.
     
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  8. Boycie
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    have you tried removing the drivers for the usb stick?
     
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  9. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    Just a quick thought. Do you have Norton's Go-Back installed.

    I had some issues with this a while back when I was trying to re format a drive and add a slave HDD into a PC.
     
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