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USB External Hard drive and Windows XP

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USB External Hard drive and Windows XP

Post by i_amlegend » Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:25 pm

I have two issues which are basically the same. I have an external USB hard drive that I connect to a computer running Windows XP. Windows USB driver recognizes the hard drive and shows the drive in Device Manager but Windows does not show the drive in Windows Explorer. A customer has a USB FALSH device that is recognized by the USB driver, but does not map to a disk in Windows Explorer. How do I get Windows to map an external USB device in Windows Explorer?

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Re: USB External Hard drive and Windows XP

Post by i-conica » Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:27 pm

You might want to check in disk management and see if the system is seeing the drive and what drive letter is assigned - Windows tries to assign the next drive letter - even if it's already assigned to something. If you see the drive in Disk Management - then just assign it a different drive letter and it should be fine. Lirria. You have to assign a drive letter to this device, e.g. F, G, H This done by going into 'Control Panel' > 'Administrative Tools ' > 'Computer Management' > 'Disk Management' click on the USB drive and right click properties, there you assign a drive letter. When done the usb port comes alive and shows the drive. ============ If you are referring to not shown plugged in device, this is possible when there is a third party software restricting the use of any USB devices. Also, you have to make sure that the computer system has no setting that hides any plugged in devices.

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