How to delete a phantom cd/dvd drive just appeared in Windows 7

The phantom drive shows up in windows explorer, in place of the actual CD, but the drive can't be accessed.
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What a great list of resources.  Thanks.  I'm sure I will refer to it again whenever I have CD issues.  I tried the applicable options, but they didn't resolve the problem. The actual cd/dvd worked fine.  For some reason, the drive didn't show up in windows explorer.  Other programs seemed to fnid it without any difficulty . I stumbled across a free utility, Ghostbusters 38421, which eliminated the phantom drive.   However, I picked up a lot a of useful information just going through your list of tips. Thanks again for your reply .

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