Connecting USB external hard drive to Win2K.

September 27, 2012 at 16:37:51
Specs: Windows 2000
I bought a 3.5" USB 2.0 Enclosure; how do I hook it up? I put an old hard drive I used on w'in98SE in the Enclosure, turned it on (it has external power supply) and plugged into the USB slot on my win2k OS. The computer did nothing to indicate there was new hardware. However, when I plugged this hard drive into my Win2K computer, the USB detects the device. as it shows up when I click to eject/unplug hardware. Also, the computer never gave this USB Drive a drive letter (ex: E:\). I can't see it through Windows Explore. When I select its property, it said the device is working properly. I shut down Win2K, reboot, unplugged... but still I can't see a drive letter nor can I access this USB Drive.

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September 27, 2012 at 18:19:13
Very often Windows fails to assign a drive letter to an external USB storage device. When this happens, it's not visible anywhere in Explorer but it should be visible in Disk Management - and that's where you can manually assign a letter to it.

I've never used Win2k so I'm guessing it's same as XP in this respect:

Control Panel > Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

In bottom-right pane, right-click the ribbon that doesn't have a drive letter or drive name, and is probably identified as "Raw".

Choose "Change Drive Letter & Paths"
Click "New"
Select a letter
Click 'next' or 'OK' (can't remember which it says)

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September 30, 2012 at 16:16:37
I followed your instructions but there was not ribbon indicating the USB drive was there. I turned the external hard drive off and up popped the "Unsafe Removal of Device" window instructing me that if I want to disconnect a device I should use the icon at bottom of the screen. This popup window shows the drive without a letter. The Disk Management does not show the drive. In casual conversation someone mentioned that maybe my USB wasn' the right one. Has anyone had this happen to them?...

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