[Coladam] PC hard disk problems

Ron Mitchell bytehacker at shaw.ca
Sat Nov 25 12:30:16 EST 2006

Well Joe, I have the same thing happening here  and have more or less given 

I was running Windows XP and got tired of that, so now I'm running Windows 
Vista. I'm never sure what drive letter I'm going to get, and sometimes on 
power up (under both XP and Vista) the external USB drive is not recognized 
at all.

The only "workaround" I can discover is to turn the power off on the 
external hard drive, and then turn it on again. That forces the system to 
re-detect the hard drive. Whatever letter it assigns at that point is what 
it is (for that session only).

Don't particularly like this state of affairs, but at least I can use the 
drive (read from it, write to it) after I do that.

Not much help, but might be better than nothing.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joe Blenkle" <jblenkle at sacnews.net>
To: <coladam at adamcon.org>
Sent: Friday, November 24, 2006 4:35 PM
Subject: [Coladam] PC hard disk problems

Help! Maybe someone out there who is more knowledgable about such things can 
help me.

My computer runs Windows ME. I recently bought an external hard drive that 
hooks to the computer via USB port. Prior to installation my drive 
configuration looked like this:

A-B - Floppies
C-H - Hard Disks (2 IDE hard disks with 3 partitions each)
I-J - 2 CD ROM drives
K - Memory card slot in my printer

When I initially hook up the external hard drive it registers properly as 
Drive "L"

If I shut down my computer, when I turn in on again, the new drive comes 
back and lists as both drive "E" and drive "L" on my system, displacing all 
the drives that were originally E-K by one drive.

Does anyone know why this would happen or how to fix it? The drive is 
supposed to run OK under Windows ME.  I hooked the drive up to my laptop 
also, but it behaves properly there. The laptop runs Windows XP.

Joe Blenkle
jblenkle at sacnews.net

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