Peripherals forum

General discussion

Trouble accessing external HD through firewire (XP)

by TheChief / February 24, 2005 1:44 AM PST

I just got an 80GB Hitachi external hard drive in an Ultra enclosure, and I can't seem to access it with Win XP using firewire. My Inspiron 8200 laptop is a few years old, so no USB 2.0. Instead, I use a PC card with firewire ports to connect to the HD. The computer recognizes the device and it pops up as a drive in the device manager, but it doesn't display an accessible icon in My Computer. Does someone know a way that I can get into this thing?

Thanks,
Bryant

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Trouble accessing external HD through firewire (XP)
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Trouble accessing external HD through firewire (XP)
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Have you partitioned and formatted said drive...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2005 1:59 AM PST

WHILE its in the firewire case?

And using XP's Drive or Disk Management tool?

Bob

Collapse -
This is new to me
by TheChief / February 24, 2005 3:41 AM PST

Haven't partitioned or formatted it, but I was under the impression that had been done, as it was labeled "plug & play."

I'm not familiar with XP's disk management tool; I will have to look for that.

Collapse -
Yes, you get to play in partition and formatting it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2005 4:00 AM PST
In reply to: This is new to me

Here's why. NO SUPPLIER CAN GUESS what partitions or file system you want.

Bob

Collapse -
same problem - solutions ?
by LGarnier / February 28, 2005 7:48 AM PST

I have exactly the same problem with a Maxtor 250 Gb HD in an ICY BOX enclosure, XP, firewire-access and motherboard doesn't support USB2 either.
The disc is still an active disc in my system managment and disc managment but I had no access to it. But NTSF/FAT32 isn't recognised ... A quick format solves the problem temporary. But the problem will occur again soon. I guess the problem is on a driver-level or BIOS-level, recognising the disc. If you find a solution u can mail me .. christianblock01@yahoo.com.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Help 47,885 discussions
icon
Computer Newbies 10,322 discussions
icon
iPhones, iPods, & iPads 3,188 discussions
icon
Security 30,333 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 20,177 discussions
icon
HDTV Picture Setting 1,932 discussions
icon
Phones 15,713 discussions
icon
Windows 7 6,210 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 14,510 discussions

Big stars on small screens

Smosh tells CNET what it took to make it big online

Internet sensations Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla discuss how YouTube has changed and why among all their goals, "real TV" isn't an ambition.