troubleshooting Question

Multiple reboots and drive letters chnaged at startup

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A maddening XP boot up problem, where all drive letters are changed to be sequential during 1-4 reboots following initial startup.   I like my hard drive partitions to be C: > H: and my DVD drives to be X: & Y:.  This leaves room for USB drives etc. in between.  Normally this situation remains and I'm happy.

I recently added a Netgear SC101 NAS drive and placed this at W:.  If this drive is connected and powered up when I boot the PC then it will reboot 1-4 times and all the drives will be mapped contiguously from C: to  L:  Remove the NAS, correct the letters and I can reboot as often as I like and drives don't change - until I  reconnect the NAS and reboot .

Tried getting sense from Netgear - they just say it can't happen!    If I could solve this I would recommend the SC101.  Any suggestions anyone?

Win XP SP2 with all updates.
SATA boot & data drive on Silicon Image 3112 controller
IDE drive for virtual memory and backup.

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