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Can anyone tell me why? (USB HD question)


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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Vince Maskeeper

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Posted August 10 2006 - 05:41 PM

I have an external USB drive from acomidata. I formatted it NTFS and used it on my PC for months. When I take it to other computers, one of two things happen: 1) It works fine, just like at home. 2) It will not assign the drive a letter, and going into disk management launches the initialize disc wizard to convert to a dynamic disc... The drive has been properly partitioned and works on about half the windows systems I connect it to. However- seemingly at random- some systems refuse to see the drive and attempt to initialize. I've searched around to find out if A) this will erase the drive and B) WHY or IF it needs to be dyanmic-- but I can't find a straight answer on either... Anyone have ideas?
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#2 of 4 OFFLINE   Rommel_L

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Posted August 10 2006 - 07:36 PM

The chipset of the external HD enclosure is intermittently fritzing on you. Changing the enclosure should do it...

#3 of 4 OFFLINE   SethH

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Posted August 10 2006 - 09:43 PM

What operating systems are plugging it in to? IIRC, some Windows systems do not natively support NTFS. Also, NTFS has changed over the years, but I'm not really sure how that affects compatibility with various systems.

#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Vince Maskeeper

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Posted August 11 2006 - 03:35 AM

All are Win XP, most are pro, one is home. All are SP 2 or newer. Should support NTFS. -V
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