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System not assigning drive letter for IDE drive via USB

I am trying to connect to an IDE drive (jumpers configured to slave) using a universal USB bridge interface.  I have used this device to connect to SATA drives successfully in the past.  The device appears normally in the disks and USB sections of the device manager with no errors.  But no drive letter is assigned in My Computer, and the disk does not show up in the disks section of the management console.  Any tips on how to troubleshoot this problem?

Mike
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garycaseCommented:
Most of those devices require the drive be jumpered to Master.   Try Master, and if that doesn't work, Cable Select.
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shachoAuthor Commented:
No luck.  I have tried every jumper configuration, but I still cannot access the drive.

Mike
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garycaseCommented:
Are you sure the drive is good?   ... and is it larger than 137GB?

... also, when you say it's not shown in the "... disks section of the management console .." you ARE referring to "Disk Management" in the Storage section of Computer Management --> right??
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shachoAuthor Commented:
1) Unless the drive went bad in the last hour or two, it should be fine.
2) The drive is less than 100GB.
3) Yes, the Disk Management module.

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garycaseCommented:
With the drive connected to the USB port (via the bridge), go into Device Manager and right-click, "Uninstall" the drive.   Then (with the device still connected) reboot the system and see if it detects and correctly installs it.
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shachoAuthor Commented:
No luck.

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garycaseCommented:
Does the drive reappear in Device Manager?
... and does it show at all in Disk Management? => if so, how is it annotated?
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shachoAuthor Commented:
In Device Manager, the bridge appears in the USB devices tree, and the drive (or something) appears in the the drives tree as USB something-or-other (I can't check just now).  But nothing appears in disk management.

Mike
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garycaseCommented:
If the bridge is properly enumerating the drive, the drive should appear in Device Manager under "Disk drives" with the drive ID followed by "USB device"

For example:  "WDC WD3200JB-00KFA0 USB Device" is how one of my spare drives appears when connected via a USB bridge.

If that's not how it's working, you most likely have a defective IDE-USB bridge on your external adapter.   If you need another one, this is a good choice:  http://www.buyextras.com/sausb20toide.html
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shachoAuthor Commented:
I think you're right.  No matter what machine I plug in to, the result is the same in Device Manager.  "USB Device" in the disks section, but nothing in My Computer.  Thanks for your comments.

Mike
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