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I did a disk clean up on a friends computer and now no drives are there ... No USB or CD ... I went to the device manager and there is nothing ... can this be fixed with the mystical F11 key at sartup?

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You should be able to do a last known good config or just use a recent system restore point.

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Solution 1.
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Firstly lets see if your drive is working!

Put in a disk you know works and has files of some sort on it

If nothing is still happening , goto my computer and right click on your CD drive and

click "explore"
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If not right click on "My computer" and click manage

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