WindowsME USB ZIP 250 device=seen, no drive letter assigned
Posted on 2004-12-01
I have been presented with a Windows ME computer with the original symptom of hanging and being generally unresponsive, but after a fresh restoral of the Windows ME operating system, the USB attached ZIP 250 drive is not being seen when connected. It is reported to have worked fine before.
I can see the zip device in the device manager fine. And when I unplug it, the entry is removed from the device manager list, and the OS complains about a USB device being spontaneously ejected and may cause instability. Also, I can hear the drive spin up when it is connected. Btw: this is a USB powered drive, not something with an external power brick.
However, there is no presentation of the drive in the Windows Explorer. Having a disk in the zip drive makes no sense. There is no drive letter being assigned for this drive.
I have downloaded the latest and greatest driver from the Iomega website, the file size is 8.4 megabytes and is called: "ioware-w32-x86-402". I have installed this before attaching the device and after, and uninstalled, and I've installed the original cd which came with the zip drive, with many reboots along the way.
From what I can see, the OS is seeing the device fine, but somewhere along the way, the OS is forgetting to do that last, most important step of assigning a drive letter to the drive device and normalize things.
To rule out whether the drive works or not, I've connected it to my notebook computer and the device was discovered promptly, correctly, and I can browse through the directory of data file. So it isn't the drive.
Anyone have any suggs on what I might be overlooking? Perhaps some insight into the steps involved in having a disk of type USB come and go, and act like a conventional disk with a drive letter.