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Lost drive letter on computer

I lost my drive letter when I open the computer window that shows my drives. My C drive is there but not my second hard drive letter.

This only is when I log on to xp. When I log on to vista I see both drive letters.

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Mike
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Go in control panel - performance and maintanance - administrative tools - computer management- storage - disk management ! and there u can set all u;re drive letters and more ...

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Unplug your friend's CD drive ribbons and power plugs that go to his CD drives.

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