Access external USB / firewire storage from dos
Posted on 2004-11-25
I have a Maxtor 160GB Onetouch external USB/firewire drive formatted with NTFS.
I want to assign a drive letter to it so I can access with dos commands
Doing some research, I see that panasonic makes a usb driver that I can try (although it seems to be on a japanese web site)
I also see that I can create a ghost boot disk that loads some usb and firewire drivers to access the external drive
And then I realized that my bios recognizes the drive when it is plugged into a usb port without any drivers required! (I haven't tried firewire connection yet)
SO - I tried NTFSDOS to assign a drive letter - but I have about 10 partitions and I think it is running out of memory during the drive letter assignment. Error message:
Memory allocation error
Cannot load COMMAND, system halted
If I unplug the USB drive and reboot, I have enough memory to assign drive letters to the 9 partitions remaining. Or, if I eliminate some of the drivers being loaded in config.sys and autoexec.bat, then I can get all drive letters assigned for the 10 partitions (including the external usb drive). However, I need the drivers that I eliminated...
1) How to I get around this? I really don't need drive letters assigned for all the partitions, but with the free version of ntfsdos, it seems I don't have a choice - all or nothing...
2) Does ntfsdos pro allow me to select which partition to assign drive letters to?
3) Are there other solutions instead of using ntfsdos to assign drive letters?