Newbie (to the board) here. I have studied IST in college, earned 48 credits and then decided that the market is too saturated...
But I digress...
I have a 2006 Dell Inspiron lappie, XP Home. I bought it as a cheapie backup for my project desktop, a 1999 Gateway that I have resurrected and rebuilt.
My Dell had two hard drives, "C" and "D" (backup). The CD/DVD-ROM drive was "E".
I bought a 1GB thumb drive that has its own software. Ever since I started using it, the program for it became "E", the drive itself became "H", and it moved my CD/DVD drive to "F".
However. sometimes after using the CD drive to rip audio CDs, the drive itself will disappear from "My Computer". I can bring it back by plugging in my flash drive or digital camera and then removing it.
I have run "System Restore", removed iTunes 7 and installed 8, among other things.