Earlier today, I posted an epic message bemoaning my disappeared CDRW
drive. I had tried every possible fix and was at the end of my rope. A
few kind folks gave some suggestions, but they didn't help,
I was reorganizing my Program Menu when I ran across Tweak UI (One of
the PowerToys for XP). I had totally forgotten that I had installed it.
I figured I'd give it a spin.
Lo and behold, under "My Computer", there is an entry entitled "Drives".
I opened it up and there was the solution to my problems. A simple
picture of the missing "F" drive and the box next to it was unchecked. I
checked the box, closed Tweak UI and checked "My Computer". There it
was! I checked "Explorer". There it was!
I rebooted to make sure this wasn't a temporary fix and the drive was
I've yet to do any actual burning, so I'm not out of the woods yet, but
hey...you gotta have a drive before you can burn anything on it, right?
To all that offered suggestions: Your wise counsel was much appreciated.