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Assigning Drive Letter To New Backup Ext Usb Drive?


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#1 rowal5555

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 02:05 AM

Took delivery of a new 200GB SATA HDD this afternoon, installed it in a new external USB enclosure, fired it up and, apart from the 'ding dong', that was it. It doesn't show up under My Computer (drives F:,G:,H:,I: are for the card readers)
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It doesn't show up under Removable Storage Libraries but does in Device Manager as USB Device. Device Manager says 'This device is working properly'.
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There is nothing under Disk Defragmenter either
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How do I get XP Pro to recognise it and assign a drive letter?

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Edited by rowal5555, 11 April 2007 - 02:07 AM.

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 02:14 AM

Try deleting it from the Device Manager and rebooting.
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Posted 11 April 2007 - 03:08 AM

No Joy. Same situation. Would it be because the HDD is completely blank?

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 03:15 AM

Could be. Try using FDISK on it.

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 03:28 AM

Thanks Budapest.

I have been hunting around, but everything I have read so far presumes that you have a drive to work on. That is my problem, I can't get started because I can't find it.

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 03:39 AM

I think what you need to do is use FDISK to create a partition on the drive. Once you create a partition then you format it. The drive won't show up in My Computer until you create a partition on it.
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Posted 12 April 2007 - 01:25 AM

Update

Just found the problem. The SATA connector was ever so slightly proud of the HDD holder so got pushed off in assembly. A little sticky tape allowed it to slide in OK. Once it identified itself, a couple of Wizards jumped in and initialised it and it is formatting now, so all's good. Just a lot of frustration.

But!!! why did Device Manager say the device was working properly?????????????? :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 April 2007 - 01:28 AM

All the device manager is identifying is the actual SATA to USB converter. It doesn't care if there is a drive always attached to it, that's a function of the drive controller in the enclosure.

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Posted 12 April 2007 - 01:38 AM

Thanks.

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