Did you happen to plug in a digital camera to the USB port and download some photos to your computer? The total file size sounds like a 32 MB memory card. My card reader on my all-in-one printer shows up as drive F in the My Computer window.
Mary: I refreshed in my computer. nothing changed. the local disk drive is still the same.was there a step that I missed. I went to Windows>clicked the view tab> then refresh. was that it? is so, then my reply stays that nothing changed.ravik521 : i did not reload my machine. though, i dont know what that means, i will assume I havent done it. If it means to do a clean install... no havent done anything major like that.RoadiJeff ; As per my original post, something probably happened when he plugged in his thumb drive. but, it seems like it didnt completely 'eject' from what you said in your reply. II use my camera often to download pictures to my pc. never had this happen where a new FAT system drive appears and stays. I have never inserted a memory disk either (thumb drive)- nor have i inserted the Mem. cards. only my printer has that opening.I appreciate all of your ideas. Anything else I can try??. what would happen if I were to delted this local disk F? Or as I said, can I move them somewhere else, restart the pc, and see if it comes back?PS> all I have plugged into my pc at the moment is ,by USB, is my printer. Thanks