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Usb Mass Storage Device - External Hard Drive!


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#1 petermc83

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 03:51 PM

Ive just recently pieced together an external hard drive using my old hard drive and a caddy.
It contains alot of files i want and kinda need! but when i plug it into my computers usb port - it detects and 'supposedly installs' the USB mass storage Device. I cant find it anywhere!!! Im using Microsoft XP. Can anyone help me!!!
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Posted 24 January 2008 - 04:03 PM

Is the jumper (on the drive) set according to enclosure instructions? Some devices want Master, some want Slave, some Cable Select.

Does the Device show in Disk Management of XP?

If it is in Disk Management, try assigning a letter like Z to it.

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 04:55 PM

Thanks for the quick response!!!! :huh:

Ok I changed the jumper to Slave instead of Master.

The computer now recgonises the hard drive as a Generic USB Device,
before as master, it recognised it as Generic VOID disk USB device.

The disk management does not see the device!! :thumbsup:

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 05:12 PM

Where are you getting these readings from?

"The computer" doesn't tell me where you are looking...

If the USB drive shows up in My Computer/Explorer, that's a winner.

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 05:25 PM

From the icon beside the clock. Safely remove hardware.
I cant find the External hard drive anywhere else

My computer - devices with removeable storage is
where i would usually find my usb storage files.

Is there any drivers i would need to install or any programmes that could solve my problem??

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 06:43 PM

If the caddy came with a drivers CD...that would have to be installed for it to function properly. If it did not come with drivers, then it should just be plug 'n pray :thumbsup:.

What is the make/model of this caddy...how do you know it works properly?

What I would do: Remove the hard drive from the enclosure. Attach it directly to my system (temporarily) on the IDE cable currently connected to the CD/DVD drive (remove the CD/DVD power connection). Reboot XP and see if the drive is detected via direct connection to the system. I would change the jumper on the drive to either Master/Slave or Cable Select, whichever I prefer (I use Cable Select for all my drives).

I would first check to see if the BIOS picks up the new drive...then I would check Disk Management...then My Computer.

That should eliminate the drive itself as a possible problem.

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