We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Contact Forum Editor

Send an email to our Forum Editor:


PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the Forum Editor know who sent the message. Both your name and email address will not be used for any other purpose.

Tech Helproom


It's free to register, to post a question or to start / join a discussion


 

+++ Assign a drive letter for Medion 500gb external drive ++


pcdimwit
Resolved

Likes # 0

Hi, I got the Medion Drive & go, 500gb external hard drive, its installed PERFECTLY on my Windows XP laptop, installed the drive, appears as Drive F on the "my computer" and has already taken a large file of photo's to the drive and stored them and plays them back fine. HOWEVER when I try and install it in my VISTA laptop it says its installed the driver BUT it doesnt show in the "my computer" in start. I seem to remember having this trouble before with this particular Asus Vista laptop with my Buffalo 500gb external drive (though it installed on another Acer Vista laptop no problem!!!) so my question is: how do I "see" where this drive is appearing and how do I "assign" it a drive letter?? thanks PCDIMWIT

Like this post
wee eddie

Likes # 0

Firstly, I seem to remember that this Drive is USB Powered.

It is quite likely that the USB Ports of your Laptop do not deliver sufficient power to run the Drive. You may need something like this

On the point of assignation of a Drive letter. The PC/Laptop will assign it a suitable Letter every time it is plugged in.There is no reason that this should be the same every time. It will depend on the number of USB Devices you have plugged in already.

Like this post
pcdimwit

Likes # 0

It came with a cable like that with an extra power USB on the USB end, its got a USB3 plug on the other end to the drive. but its showing very quickly that it HAS installed the driver in the task bar below but it simply doesnt show in the Drives on "my computer" in start menu, I dont think it is the power issue as my Buffalo drive did EXACLT THE SAME on this Asus laptop, I seem to remember I had to assign it a drive letter, I have been into "devices" and it shows all the drives there, its coming up as a Hitachi with a number against it. I will track back to what the answer was for the Buffallo drive and see if that is still there. thanks PCDIMWIT

Like this post
pcdimwit

Likes # 0

I checked back to my post about the Buffallo external drive and the explanations given there seem to relate to the fact that the external drive DID appear in drives section of "my computer" but with this Medion drive it doesnt appear ANYWERE, even in drives in device manager, this is very weird as its loaded fine on the XP computer, I cant figure out what can be wrong here. PCDIMWIT

Like this post
wee eddie

Likes # 0

I thought you said that it came up as a Hitachi Drive (Medion is, of course, only the label on the casing)

Like this post
rawprawn

Likes # 0

Have a look in Control Panel> Admin Tools> Computer Management> Disk Management. If it appears there you can name it what you want. I would suggest something like Z well away from other letters of designation.

Like this post
pcdimwit

Likes # 0

WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!! LAZARUS-2ND!!! that guy's a GENIUS - I went back and studied it carefully and even PRINTED PAGES ANG PAGES of the link he sent for how to assign a drive letter for my Buffalo external drive, way back last march i think it was, and managed to FIND the drive (finally!!!) through "administrative tools" that opened up the page for the hard drives, it WAS there and with the instructions from Lazarus-2nd's link I managed to assign this drive letter "J" - the previous "F" letter that has nothing attached to it must have been the Buffalo drive I assiged to that laptop when I was using that, anyway, Thank God!!! it is now assigned and is appearing on that Vista laptop (with the standard USB cable) and transferring and accepting new files!!! Just thought I'd let you know, thanks Alot - PCDIMWIT

Like this post  

Reply to this topic

This thread has been locked.



IDG UK Sites

Top 5 Android tips and tricks for smartphones and tablets

IDG UK Sites

How to join Apple's OS X Beta Seed Program: Get OS X Yosemite on your Mac before public release

IDG UK Sites

Why the BBC iPlayer outage was caused by a DDoS attack: Topsy and Tim isn't *that* popular

IDG UK Sites

BBC using Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to trial 4K/UHD, pan-around video, augmented video and...