[Coladam] PC hard disk problems

HLM001 hlm001 at hlm-gmk.com
Sat Nov 25 21:08:05 EST 2006

I have a similar problem... I have ME, 2000, and XP all on the same system.  C was for ME, D was 2000 and E was XP operating systems drive.  Then XP  got real iffy and I just put it out its misery, and re installed XP again on E, I have a 80gig #1  and a 120gog #2, HD #1 is or was C thru J  and HD #2 was K thru R  both DVD's are S and T and a card reader for my camera is U and V and lastly a MP3 / thumb drive is W  and all was FINE. After I re Installed XP again on E, my K became D, then all drives after that are as it is supposed to be, so thusly, the FIRST LETTER of the 2nd HD, took D, then first HD finished out, then second. I think it has to do as to if you make the 2nd HD bootable or not. but not really sure.

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ron Mitchell 
  To: Joe Blenkle 
  Cc: coladam at adamcon.org 
  Sent: Saturday, November 25, 2006 12:30 PM
  Subject: Re: [Coladam] PC hard disk problems

  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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