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When connecting my Android phone (HTC One V) to my PC via USB (in HDD mode), it creates two removable devices for the internal memory and the sd card - as it should.

However, it also creates a CD-ROM device which is always in the "no media inserted" status. Why does it create one and does it have some purpose?

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Some network-branded devices use a virtual cd-rom device to supply their own tethering software. If your phone's tethering isn't restricted and the device created is empty, I'd say it's safe to ignore it.

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Heh, sounds kind of stupid that it's created even if it's not used at all. – ThiefMaster May 21 '12 at 9:12
I agree, it should be removed if it's unused. I think it's there to help operators integrate their own proprietary software easily. – onik May 21 '12 at 9:27
Just an observation : For me, this stuff was happening on stock rom on u8150 and now when I installed custom roms, CD Roms don't show up anymore. – Power-Inside May 21 '12 at 10:57
@Power-Inside Exactly. This is because custom roms rarely include this kind of bloatware and even more rarely operator customizations. – onik May 21 '12 at 11:04

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