Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: External USB SATA drive

  1. #1
    Registered+
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts

    External USB SATA drive

    Hello all boffins and brainiacs!

    Here is my challenge for you.

    I have an Astone Z series notebook based on the ASUS L4R chassis. 1.7 ghz, 80gb hd purchased in 2004. Running XP Home. Service packs 2 & 3. Works fine.

    I was given a new Seagate 120gb SATA drive moons ago. Lurked in the "junk"...sorry "potentially useful parts" cabinet until I decided to obtain an external USB case from an Ebay retailer.

    Installed the drive in the case, powered it up after attaching to the laptop via a USB 2 port.

    Windows did it's "found new hardware" thing and I assumed all was going well...until I checked "My Computer" which showed a distinct lack of hard drive.

    I went to device manager which informed me that the drive was indeed attached and all was well.

    The problem is ...although the drive is attached and obviously functionable, my system does not see it to allocate a drive letter and so render it useful.

    I figure that this model board my not have the drivers that may be required to allow the drive to be seen by my system given as it is a 2004 model and SATA was probably not a standard deal back then.

    Question is, how do I solve this challenge please?

    Cheers,

    Andrew

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    London
    Posts
    1,192
    Thanks
    25
    Thanked
    79 times in 70 posts

    Re: External USB SATA drive

    Go to control panel>admin tools> storage> disk management> then initialize the drive.

  3. #3
    Registered+
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts

    Re: External USB SATA drive

    You sir, are a (expletive deleted) legend!

    Not SIMPLY plug'n'play, eh?! Oh well, I have been edumacated...

    Goodonya!(Australian for, in this case, "I am particularly impressed with your performance", in case you weren't aware.)

    LOVE YOUR WORK !!!!

    1000 thanks to you. Add them all to your list.

    Kindest regards,

    Andrew

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    London
    Posts
    1,192
    Thanks
    25
    Thanked
    79 times in 70 posts

    Re: External USB SATA drive

    S'ok mate, ive come across this problem a fair few times, still never actually had the problem myself. Glad its sorted Hit the thanks button on the post if you love me so much

  5. #5
    Registered+
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts

    Re: External USB SATA drive

    O K
    Another "D'Oh!" moment....

    Where is the "Thanks" button, please?

    Andrew

  6. #6
    <<== UT3 Player spoon_'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    London
    Posts
    2,067
    Thanks
    113
    Thanked
    139 times in 131 posts

    Re: External USB SATA drive

    Right bottom corner of the post you want to thank for, icon has thumb up in pink on it [it even says Thanks lol]

  7. #7
    HEXUS.social member Agent's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Internet
    Posts
    19,158
    Thanks
    732
    Thanked
    1,604 times in 1,043 posts

    Re: External USB SATA drive

    You need 25 posts to thank IIRC

  8. #8
    Registered+
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    23
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts

    Re: External USB SATA drive

    Thank you Agent!

    Couldn't find thumbs, fingers or thanks!

    I was beginning to fear that these kind chaps might think that they had a "challenged" Antipodean on their hands...

    I was expecting a bit of this action next...

    Thanks again, gentlemen.

    Andrew

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. External USB drive only recognised as I unplug it?!
    By Rob_B in forum Help! Quick Relief From Tech Headaches
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 19-01-2010, 11:10 AM
  2. External SATA hard drive suddenly hangs Vista
    By Greenlizard0 in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-07-2009, 03:27 PM
  3. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 22-02-2008, 01:03 PM
  4. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-12-2006, 11:28 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •