External HD



Fred Bohm
07-10-2005, 02:24 AM
-- I bought an external HD on Ebay. It worked perfectly when I plugged it
in. When I was done playing around with it I decided to format it and get rid
of all the junk I had stored on it. I went to my computer and did a right
click on the drive and did a format. Now I can not find it again. I can find
it in device manager and it says it is working. It does not show up in my
computer anymore. Originally it was drive H. I have tried to reload the
drivers, but nothing works.

I am running XP pro. The drive is a Platinum 250GB 5400rpm. ATA/133 HDD.
Other numbers on the drive are: E-H011-02-3880 3.5 series ER: +5v 670ma
+12v 960ma. It is in a Sapphire Octopus link USB 2.0-3.5” external enclosure.

Any ideas?

Fred

Shenan Stanley
07-10-2005, 02:24 AM
Fred Bohm wrote:
> -- I bought an external HD on Ebay. It worked perfectly when I
> plugged it in. When I was done playing around with it I decided to
> format it and get rid of all the junk I had stored on it. I went to
> my computer and did a right click on the drive and did a format. Now
> I can not find it again. I can find it in device manager and it says
> it is working. It does not show up in my computer anymore. Originally
> it was drive H. I have tried to reload the drivers, but nothing works.
>
> I am running XP pro. The drive is a Platinum 250GB 5400rpm. ATA/133
> HDD. Other numbers on the drive are: E-H011-02-3880 3.5 series
> ER: +5v 670ma +12v 960ma. It is in a Sapphire Octopus link USB
> 2.0-3.5" external enclosure.

First off, a USB hard drive that needs drivers.. Weird.
Secondly - if you see it in Device Manager - have you tried just giving it a
driver letter there?

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--

Fred Bohm
07-10-2005, 02:24 AM
How do I do that?
--
Fred


"Shenan Stanley" wrote:

> Fred Bohm wrote:
> > -- I bought an external HD on Ebay. It worked perfectly when I
> > plugged it in. When I was done playing around with it I decided to
> > format it and get rid of all the junk I had stored on it. I went to
> > my computer and did a right click on the drive and did a format. Now
> > I can not find it again. I can find it in device manager and it says
> > it is working. It does not show up in my computer anymore. Originally
> > it was drive H. I have tried to reload the drivers, but nothing works.
> >
> > I am running XP pro. The drive is a Platinum 250GB 5400rpm. ATA/133
> > HDD. Other numbers on the drive are: E-H011-02-3880 3.5 series
> > ER: +5v 670ma +12v 960ma. It is in a Sapphire Octopus link USB
> > 2.0-3.5" external enclosure.
>
> First off, a USB hard drive that needs drivers.. Weird.
> Secondly - if you see it in Device Manager - have you tried just giving it a
> driver letter there?
>
> --
> Shenan Stanley
> MS-MVP
> --
>
>
>

Shenan Stanley
07-10-2005, 02:24 AM
Fred Bohm wrote:
> -- I bought an external HD on Ebay. It worked perfectly when I
> plugged it in. When I was done playing around with it I decided to
> format it and get rid of all the junk I had stored on it. I went to
> my computer and did a right click on the drive and did a format. Now
> I can not find it again. I can find it in device manager and it says
> it is working. It does not show up in my computer anymore.
> Originally it was drive H. I have tried to reload the drivers, but
> nothing works.
>
> I am running XP pro. The drive is a Platinum 250GB 5400rpm. ATA/133
> HDD. Other numbers on the drive are: E-H011-02-3880 3.5 series
> ER: +5v 670ma +12v 960ma. It is in a Sapphire Octopus link USB
> 2.0-3.5" external enclosure.

Shenan wrote:
> First off, a USB hard drive that needs drivers.. Weird.
> Secondly - if you see it in Device Manager - have you tried just
> giving it a driver letter there?

Fred Bohm wrote:
> How do I do that?

Short version - In Disk Management - right-click on the drive in question,
the menu should answer your question. =)

--------
Start -> Help and Support -> Search

assign a drive letter
--------

That came up with this (should be the same on your PC.)

1. Open Computer Management (Local).
2. In the console tree, click Disk Management.
Where?
Computer Management (Local) -> Storage -> Disk Management

3. Right-click a partition, logical drive, or volume, and then click Change
Drive Letter and Paths.
4. Do one of the following:
- To assign a drive letter, click Add, click the drive letter you want to
use, and then click OK.
- To modify a drive letter, click it, click Change, click the drive letter
you want to use, and then click OK.
- To remove a drive letter, click it, and then click Remove.

* Important *

Be careful when making drive-letter assignments because many MS-DOS and
Windows programs make references to a specific drive letter. For example,
the path environment variable shows specific drive letters in conjunction
with program names.

* Notes *

- To open Computer Management, click Start, and then click Control Panel.
Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer
Management.
- You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the
Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer
is connected to a network, network policy settings might also prevent you
from completing this procedure.
- A computer can use up to 26 drive letters. Drive letters A and B are
reserved for floppy disk drives, but you can assign these letters to
removable drives if the computer does not have a floppy disk drive. Hard
disk drives in the computer receive letters C through Z, while mapped
network drives are assigned drive letters in reverse order (Z through B).
- You cannot change the drive letter of the system volume or boot volume.
- An error message may appear when you attempt to assign a letter to a
volume, CD-ROM drive, or other removable media device, possibly because it
is in use by a program in the system. If this happens, close the program
accessing the volume or drive, and then click the Change Drive Letter and
Paths command again.
- Windows 2000 and Windows XP allow the static assignment of drive letters
on volumes, partitions, and CD-ROM drives. This means that you permanently
assign a drive letter to a specific partition, volume, or CD-ROM drive. When
you add a new hard disk to an existing computer system, it will not affect
statically assigned drive letters.
- You can also mount a local drive at an empty folder on an NTFS volume
using a drive path instead of a drive letter. For more information, click
Related Topics.

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--

Fred Bohm
07-10-2005, 02:24 AM
That worked! Thank you very much!
--
Fred


"Shenan Stanley" wrote:

> Fred Bohm wrote:
> > -- I bought an external HD on Ebay. It worked perfectly when I
> > plugged it in. When I was done playing around with it I decided to
> > format it and get rid of all the junk I had stored on it. I went to
> > my computer and did a right click on the drive and did a format. Now
> > I can not find it again. I can find it in device manager and it says
> > it is working. It does not show up in my computer anymore.
> > Originally it was drive H. I have tried to reload the drivers, but
> > nothing works.
> >
> > I am running XP pro. The drive is a Platinum 250GB 5400rpm. ATA/133
> > HDD. Other numbers on the drive are: E-H011-02-3880 3.5 series
> > ER: +5v 670ma +12v 960ma. It is in a Sapphire Octopus link USB
> > 2.0-3.5" external enclosure.
>
> Shenan wrote:
> > First off, a USB hard drive that needs drivers.. Weird.
> > Secondly - if you see it in Device Manager - have you tried just
> > giving it a driver letter there?
>
> Fred Bohm wrote:
> > How do I do that?
>
> Short version - In Disk Management - right-click on the drive in question,
> the menu should answer your question. =)
>
> --------
> Start -> Help and Support -> Search
>
> assign a drive letter
> --------
>
> That came up with this (should be the same on your PC.)
>
> 1. Open Computer Management (Local).
> 2. In the console tree, click Disk Management.
> Where?
> Computer Management (Local) -> Storage -> Disk Management
>
> 3. Right-click a partition, logical drive, or volume, and then click Change
> Drive Letter and Paths.
> 4. Do one of the following:
> - To assign a drive letter, click Add, click the drive letter you want to
> use, and then click OK.
> - To modify a drive letter, click it, click Change, click the drive letter
> you want to use, and then click OK.
> - To remove a drive letter, click it, and then click Remove.
>
> * Important *
>
> Be careful when making drive-letter assignments because many MS-DOS and
> Windows programs make references to a specific drive letter. For example,
> the path environment variable shows specific drive letters in conjunction
> with program names.
>
> * Notes *
>
> - To open Computer Management, click Start, and then click Control Panel.
> Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer
> Management.
> - You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the
> Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer
> is connected to a network, network policy settings might also prevent you
> from completing this procedure.
> - A computer can use up to 26 drive letters. Drive letters A and B are
> reserved for floppy disk drives, but you can assign these letters to
> removable drives if the computer does not have a floppy disk drive. Hard
> disk drives in the computer receive letters C through Z, while mapped
> network drives are assigned drive letters in reverse order (Z through B).
> - You cannot change the drive letter of the system volume or boot volume.
> - An error message may appear when you attempt to assign a letter to a
> volume, CD-ROM drive, or other removable media device, possibly because it
> is in use by a program in the system. If this happens, close the program
> accessing the volume or drive, and then click the Change Drive Letter and
> Paths command again.
> - Windows 2000 and Windows XP allow the static assignment of drive letters
> on volumes, partitions, and CD-ROM drives. This means that you permanently
> assign a drive letter to a specific partition, volume, or CD-ROM drive. When
> you add a new hard disk to an existing computer system, it will not affect
> statically assigned drive letters.
> - You can also mount a local drive at an empty folder on an NTFS volume
> using a drive path instead of a drive letter. For more information, click
> Related Topics.
>
> --
> Shenan Stanley
> MS-MVP
> --
>
>
>

Shenan Stanley
07-10-2005, 02:25 AM
Fred Bohm wrote:
> -- I bought an external HD on Ebay. It worked perfectly when I
> plugged it in. When I was done playing around with it I decided to
> format it and get rid of all the junk I had stored on it. I went to
> my computer and did a right click on the drive and did a format. Now
> I can not find it again. I can find it in device manager and it says
> it is working. It does not show up in my computer anymore.
> Originally it was drive H. I have tried to reload the drivers, but
> nothing works.
>
> I am running XP pro. The drive is a Platinum 250GB 5400rpm. ATA/133
> HDD. Other numbers on the drive are: E-H011-02-3880 3.5 series
> ER: +5v 670ma +12v 960ma. It is in a Sapphire Octopus link USB
> 2.0-3.5" external enclosure.

Shenan wrote:
> First off, a USB hard drive that needs drivers.. Weird.
> Secondly - if you see it in Device Manager - have you tried just
> giving it a driver letter there?

Fred Bohm wrote:
> How do I do that?

Shenan wrote:
> Short version - In Disk Management - right-click on the drive in
> question, the menu should answer your question. =)
<snipped>

Fred Bohm wrote:
> That worked! Thank you very much!

Anytime. Glad it worked!

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
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