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Removable disks A couple of days ago I had access to several removable drives (USB Ports) into which I would insert my thumb drive into one of. It showed the H; K; L; J; and M; drives. Now the system only shows the M: drive. What's worse is that now when I put my thumb drive in, my computer locks up. What can I do to restore the drives, and why is my system locking up when I insert my thumb drive. All of this just happened on Sunday. It was working fine on Saturday. I've been using my thumb drive for a long time and this has never happened before. What gives??? R,T. Hicks

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Check your thumb drive on some different system, if its not working then its the problem of your thumb drive or restore your system to back date then check

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