My External Drive has wrong driver

June 28, 2011 at 16:10:56
Specs: Windows XP
P4,2.8-XFX n Force 650i SLI Ultra MCP chipset,4GB DDR2 800fbs,Win XP Pro, 13 port USB 2.0 hub

I got a defective hub and it created chaos with my usb ports. Now, some won't work and when they do they are haywire. I have four 500GB-2TB drives (hub takes up to 2TB) I plug in as needed and the first one I plugged in after this mess is asking me to insert a disk. Its reading it as a CD\DVD drive or as my printer. So, I went in to look at the driver and it says:Epson Stylus Storage USB Device. I have seen this before. I have two Epson printers but neither was routed through the hub so I don't know how or why its using this driver.Can you give me any help to figure out how to fix it? I was hestitant to uninstall it without help since it says beside it that its an advanced move. Any help is greatly appreciated. I may not understand correctly how a USB hub and its drivers operate which might be helpful. If you know of a guide for it anywhere I'd appreciate that info to keep this from happening again. This drive is half a TB and is showing no space on it. When its got so many files on it I am really nervous I've lost important files that I had not backed up this month yet...
Thanks so much for any help,

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June 28, 2011 at 16:42:38
Too many USB devices. 13 ports on a hub is too much. Could be a reason that devices are not identified properly.

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June 29, 2011 at 09:38:42
How do I get them to identify the drive correctly? Do I uninstall the 'Epson' driver and try to replace it with the mass storage driver and if so where on the XP Pro disk is that driver? I am sorry I am illiterate on the subject. I am trying to learn what to do to fix it. I did not know that 7 or 13 ports was too many. I always heard you could daisy chain 127 devices but that seemed absurd to me. But if your suppose to be able to do that I thought 7 or 13 ports was within reasonable. Devices and ports are two different things though.Thanks for your reply. If you can tell me or direct me to how to fix it I'd appreciate the help. Thanks again, KateB

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June 29, 2011 at 14:24:54
Have you tried another computer. Is your storage device an Epson? Try removing all USB devices including the hub, rebooting, then installing the device without the hub. Ports on hubs can go bad. The a device might put too much of a load on the hub so the signal is too weak for the system to recognize.

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June 29, 2011 at 15:39:08
Your external drive (hard drive enclosure's circuits) needs no special driver.

It requires that the USB port is actually able to supply 500ma.


Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
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Check that out first.

Rarely, not all the ports on the back of a desktop case may be able to supply 500ma each.

If you have a desktop computer, Note that I answered a Topic on this site where a guy had an external drive, which does require the full 500ma, connected to a port on the back of a desktop case - it would not work properly when a webcam was in the port next to it, but it worked fine when the webcam was unplugged. Ports on the back of a desktop case often have two ports connected to the same USB controller module that are ports one above the other - you could try connecting the cable to one of those and leaving the other un-used.

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