Bytecc external drive enclosure

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Robert Morein, Jul 27, 2004.

  1. I'm having a problem with this external USB 2.0 drive enclosure with an XP
    laptop.
    The drive in the enclosure is a 40 gb Maxtor IDE.

    The drive shows up in Device Manager as "functioning properly."
    However, it does not show up in disk manager.
    Under Device Manager, there is a "populate with volumes" tab.
    When I tell XP to populate, it correctly identifies the size of the drive,
    and gives the created volume as a 40 gb MBR!
    However, it doesn't actually record this, as each time the volumes menu is
    invoked, it's blank.

    The drive is not visible at all from Drive manager. Hence, I cannot format
    it.

    The interface chip is a PL-2507. I'm not aware of who the maker is.

    The drive is set as a master. I've done the obvious things, such as
    uninstalling and rebooting.

    ???
     
    Robert Morein, Jul 27, 2004
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  2. I switched in a WD1000JB and it works fine.
    Not sure what the problem was.
     
    Robert Morein, Jul 27, 2004
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  3. It's that damn MTBF bugaboo
     
    no useful info, Jul 27, 2004
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  4. Is there a chance that it is formatted already, in a format which
    isn't recognized by XP? I ran into that, a drive formatted using the
    Intel Application Accelerator (overlay) which, while readable when
    hooked to the system IDE was not within the external device.

    If that is the case, removing the partition (obviously in a machine
    which recognizes it) might let it be used (you'll need a disk tool to
    partition and format it; usually the drives come with them, there are
    some on the net, the OS has some but XP hides them away from casual
    users).
     
    Jeffery S. Jones, Jul 27, 2004
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  5. I think your explanation has some application.
    The drive was formatted, possibly under Windows 2000, possibley with an MBR
    (master boot record).
    Although 2000 disks are compatible with XP, this may have confused the code.
    I'll reformat it and try it again.
     
    Robert Morein, Jul 27, 2004
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