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External Hard Drive Problem

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#1 Ependeon


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Posted 07 December 2007 - 12:09 PM

I was using my external HD to backup data from my laptop (I plan on doing a system recovery). The HD had originally been hooked up to my PC with no problems. A few minutes in, the transfer stops and I get a message that the drive is not ready.

Now when I try to access the hard drive from either the PC or the laptop I get a message that says "Please insert a disk into drive (letter of the drive):". Something I noticed, not sure if it's relevant, is that originally the HD was (G:) on the PC. When I connected it to my laptop, the drive was recognized as (F:). After I got the error and connected it back to the PC the HD was recognized as (F:), same as the laptop but different than it originally was on the PC.

I'm running XP Home on both the PC and laptop.

Can anyone please help?

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#2 rigacci



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Posted 08 December 2007 - 09:19 AM

It may very well be that it is being confused with the letter change. You can change that back to whatever you like. :huh:

Right Click on My Computer and Left Click on Manage.

Select Disk Management on the left.

You should see your internal hard drive(s) or external hard drive. Each should have a letter.

If you Right Click the External Drive, you can select Change Drive Letter or Path.

You can then change the drive letter back to what it was previously.

See if that gets you back your functionality. :thumbsup:


#3 hamluis



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Posted 08 December 2007 - 01:16 PM

Actually, I believe that the drive letter should change from system to system, since XP/Windows recognizes a drive based on the drives already connected (unless you have already assigned a specific letter).

Priority goes to C: (boot drive/partition), D: (optical drive, if it is the only other drive attached when installing XP)...and then everything else just rolls up the alphabet when attached.

So a drive which is E: on one system may be picked up as E: on another system when installed (if it is the 3d drive attached on that system).

Another point of confusion for Windows occurs when you have a drive already with a given letter...and you attach another drive with the same letter assigned. In such cases, My Computer will not see one of the drives and the user must go into Disk Management and change one of the drive letters for one of the two drives.

I suspect that simply deleting your USB controller and rebooting...and then attaching the drive.. will straighten matters out on each system.


Edited by hamluis, 08 December 2007 - 01:21 PM.

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