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Messed up setting up network now can't see removable drive

I have windows XP prof on laptop and desktop.  I recently tried (unsuccessfully) to set up a home network and in fact EE provided a simpler option to solve the problem I needed to resolve with a network!

However, since messing around with wizards etc, my removable drive doesn't load on either - the light comes on so I know it's there but I can't get either to see it.  It used to be J drive....

Another thing that has happened is that if the drive if not connected, I just have the "normal" list of drives.

If I put in the removable drive, a network icon appears that says

memory card on 'HP0016354008c9' (Z:)

This seems to be the networked/wireless printer but it's not shown unless I put the removable drive in.....

I've done all the usual checks in hardware lists etc., but it's just not there.....

How do I get the computers to "see" the removable drive again???

I'm def NOT an expert - hence the mess.....  Help!
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Sometimes when mapping drives and such you "block" an external drive from being allowed to use the next available drive letter. To get around this right click on my computer and choose manage | click on disk management | in the right hand window you should see your external drive | right click on it and choose change drive letter | pick a letter high in the alpha bit.
This should resolve the issue for the future when you attach your drive.
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ElkaRaineAuthor Commented:
Many thanks - worked first time.  gave a me a bit of a scare so I think I'll buy an extra removable drive for safety! Thanks very much
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Glad to hear. Thanks ElkaRaine.
--Rob
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