Removable Hard Drive Availability

Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

cyber19583

Thread Starter
Joined
Nov 8, 2001
Messages
53
at the university level, is it possible to use a removable hard drive(20 gb) when the system that is used, uses the c drive ( main info), the d drive ( a zip drive ) and the e drive ( CD-rom ). when the driver software is successfully installed and the device is properly hooked up, a system error pops up that says that the drive ( which the 20gb) is looking for (d:\), is not available ( it is obviously used by the zip ). when i restart, the system goes back to the default settings of (d) not being available. Also, i tried to go into the device manager (settings of the particular device in the attempt to change the drive letter....that's a no go also....upon rebooting, default again comes back. Is there a solution to this conflict. kindly advise.

Thanks with a Star :)
 

cyber19583

Thread Starter
Joined
Nov 8, 2001
Messages
53
the 20gb is external and it is formatted and partitioned ( i use it on my home desktop )
 
Joined
Aug 26, 1999
Messages
5,223
Ok, so how is it connected then? Parallel port? USB? What OS is on the office machine?

The ZIP drive is internal?
 

cyber19583

Thread Starter
Joined
Nov 8, 2001
Messages
53
usb connection.........win 98 o/s...............zip drive is internal.........also, i even checked the lastdrive in the config.sys file ( its Z )
 
Joined
Aug 26, 1999
Messages
5,223
Well, what SHOULD happen is that the USB drive should get the next letter in line - in your case that would be F.

But you are saying that drive D gets killed? The ZIP drive stops working? Or did you just mean that the USB drive is not D?

Last drive is a good place to check, but do you have TweakUI in your control panel? If so, go in there and make sure that all drive letters are turned on.

Oh - are you on a network? If so, the network may be taking drive F and causing you trouble.
 

cyber19583

Thread Starter
Joined
Nov 8, 2001
Messages
53
usb wants to be utilized as D ( where the zip is...the zip does work properly )............i do not have TweakUI in control panel..........AND yes the computer is part of a network ( it's in a computer lab ( is that a resolvable conflict? )
 
Joined
Aug 26, 1999
Messages
5,223
A few more questions...

Does the ZIP work when the USB drive is there, on D? That was what I was asking. If so, why do you think the USB wants D?

The network - what drive letter(s) is used by it, when you check in My Computer?
 

cyber19583

Thread Starter
Joined
Nov 8, 2001
Messages
53
i stand corrected........the zip drive is disabled( i checked the Bios setup) and it cannot be altered due to a computer lab password.

Thanks anyway with a star :)
 
Joined
Aug 26, 1999
Messages
5,223
That last reply confused me... are you still looking for help?

Do you mean that the ZIP doesn't work at all?
 

cyber19583

Thread Starter
Joined
Nov 8, 2001
Messages
53
zip drive is ok but it is just not available for use in the lab. i tried to access the setup (cmos) but could not due to system password. my intention there was to attempt to initiate the "auto" command for the particular drive and/or see what drive the zip was/is displaying.
 
Joined
Aug 26, 1999
Messages
5,223
So, drive D does not exist on the computer then?

If it is locked out, that certainly could explain the trouble with the other drive - the people who set it up may have set restrictions on the system.
 
Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 807,865 other people just like you!

Latest posts

Staff online

Top