Having problems with your IBM ThinkPad T43 Notebook ?

USB External harddrive not accessible

\015 My thinkpad cannot access my external harddrive using the usb port. It sees the device but doesn't assign a drive letter. When using the Safely Remove Hardware option, the harddrive is there, showing the usb mass drive device, but has a message that it has an unidentifable volume. I plug the harddrive in my desktop computer and works great. Need some help. How do I get the laptop to identify the drive?\015

Answers :

A couple of possibilities:

1. Not enough power to the drive.
Does the external have its own power supply?
If not it may not get enough power from the USB bus to spin the drive up properly. Put your ear up to the drive and compare how it sounds when you have it in the desktop.
I have an external drive that has an extra connector for just that occasion. If yours does not have this , you will need to get a powered USB hub to rectify the situation.

2. Corruption on the drive. While it is plugged into the desktop , right click on the drive in explorer , go to properties , then tools and error checking. Run a scan and fix any errors.


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