Here's the scoop. A friend of mine was running XP sp3, and his system started getting very slow and would not run properly. I ran malwarebytes, and found several errors, and corrected. System still wouldn't function right. Spent several hours trying various things with no luck. Decided to offload his files and reinstall xp. We managed to get his documents offloaded, but didn't have enough media for his photos. I removed hard drive and used my hardware connection package to hook it up to a usb port, on my system. The drive did show up, and I started to copy his photos. Get ready here it comes, he has 34g of photos from 11 years worth of saving on system without backing them up. My system has enough space to copy, but about 11g into copy my system started to give all kinds of errors that my avg, WD elements, etc weren't working. I canceled the copy and deleted the photos from my system, did a safe remove of the drive, ran a restore from a previous restore point for my system, All is well in the land of joeretired. Now here's where the problem comes in. When I reconnected the drive it no longer shows up with a letter assigned to it so I can access the drive. I checked "My Computer", and it's not there. Checked Device Manager, and it shows as a usb mass storage device, and properties says it's working properly. Device Management doesn't even see it. The questions are 1) why can't I see it anymore, 2) how do I get it back to copy the phots. Just for info's sake I'm going to copy them to flash drives, so my friend will have them backed up, and be able to view them when he wants. Any help in this matter is greatly appreciated, and if we meet I'll buy you a beer.