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USB External Hard drive - no drive letter

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Solar One, Jul 28, 2003.

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  1. Solar One

    Solar One Thread Starter

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    I purchased an external USB2 hard drive case (that has a power cable and USB output cable) and installed a 120GB Seagate drive. It seems like my laptop (running XP, USB1) will recognize the drive when I plug it in (as an USB Mass Storage device) but it does not give it a drive letter (like E) for me to access it. I have tried changing the Master, Slave, Cable Select jumper on the drive with no success. When I plug in a USB thumb drive, my laptop assigns a drive letter and I can access it via Windows Explorer with no problems, but with the 120 GB external drive, I have no luck? The drive shows up under the Control Panel.....Device Manager as a hard drive just under my laptop drive, but there is no way to store files on this external drive. Any suggestions?
     
  2. gws226

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    Hello and welcome... You may need to configure the drive in winXP for it to be seen properly.

    Go here...
    Control Panel---> adminstrative tools---> computer management---> disk management...

    Does it see the hard there? I believe it will show up as Disk1... Select it and format it, you can also change the drive letter if you would like

    Good luck,
    G
     
  3. Solar One

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    Thanks, but that does not work. The exernal drive is not identified at all, and there is only one drive identified, my C drive, and then there is D the CD-RW and that is it. I tried and moved the jumper from cable select to slave and nothing changed. Does the fact that my laptop only has a USB1 connection prevent the drive from being identified and being formatted?
     
  4. Solar One

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    I'll ask for further assistance!!
    Brand new drive, in a new USB-2 external enclosure...and three laptops (all with USB-1 only) "see" the drive when I plug it into the USB port, (and they all remind me that the drive will operate at a slower rate) but none of them will assign a drive letter to the external drive . I assume that the advice of gws226 is correct, I need to format the new drive, but I'm at a loss of how to get access to do that!
    Any suggestions?
     
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