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External USB Hard Drive Dissappears on Restart

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I have an external USB hard drive (Metal Gear Box II with a generic IDE HD inside) that works perfectly fine, but every time I restart, windows (XP) loses the mapping. If I go into Drive Management and "Reactivate the Drive" it works again. My question is: how do I prevent this from happening every time I restart?

Thank you,
Jeff
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by:Donald_Gibson
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Right mouse click on network places
Map network drive
Does that work?
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by:buktotruth
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Maybe I'm missing something, but this isn't a network drive...it's a USB drve. When I go to Map Network Drve, I have no way (I think) of selecting the USB Drive.
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by:PaperTiger
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attach the drive after XP starts.
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by:buktotruth
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PaperTiger:

That's what I'm doing. The goal is to avoid having to do that every time i restart.
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by:PaperTiger
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seriously, i prefer to do that. i don't want my external drive to be attached all the time. only on as needed basis
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by:buktotruth
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I understand that that is your preference, but i'm looking for a solution to my problem. And I 'do' want my external connected all the time.
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by:slam69
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I had thisa problem and in order for it to work i mapped the external usb drive as a network share along teh unc pathway, strange but couldnt get it to happen any other way
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by:buktotruth
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slam,

Can you explain how you did that?

I'm not too familiar with network mapping
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by:PaperTiger
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Disconnect your external drive

go to control panel, system, device manager, Universal Serial Bus Controllers.

delete all USB controller and Root hub etc.

Reboot.

Plug in your drive. Reboot again and see if it works.
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by:Donald_Gibson
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Share the drive.  Then try to add it with drive mapping.
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by:buktotruth
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Paper: Tried that...didn't help

Donald: Tried...but when I restarted, i got an error saying that the network drive couldn't be found (of course due to the fact that the usb drive couldn't be found)
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by:PaperTiger
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Try to plug in a different external USB drive to see if the problem exists. If not, it's related to your enclosure.
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by:buktotruth
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I don't have another drive to try, but I suspect you're right, it's the enclosure (this problem existed prior to and following a full rebuild of my PC). I suspect, however, that there might still be something I'm missing.
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by:PaperTiger
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i am sure you have a USB stick or USB keychain drive. same thing.
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by:buktotruth
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Fair point. The problem does not occur with my usb stick.
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by:PaperTiger
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you know what to then. :-)
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by:PUNKY
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I assume your usb drive has its own power. Disconnect the drive, reboot system and F2 to access bios see if any setting of usb is enabled. And then reconnect the drive, reboot system, then F2 to access bios see if the setting is same as you setup.

In windows, try to uncheck the power option.

Post back after checking those.
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by:buktotruth
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Punky,

Both when booting with the drive on and off, the all (controller, rear quad, real dual, and front) usb settings are set to "on"
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Sorry for delay i was in bed when all that was happening.

All you need to do is share the root folder on the usb drive then map to the name of your machine and the drive letter the drive picks up for example\\machinename\e$\rootshare

then when you want to connect you just click into the share from your mapped drive
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by:nobus
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you can try this :
Remove all USB drivers with:     https://filedb.experts-exchange.com/incoming/ee-stuff/6853-RENEWUSB.zip      ---> Now reboot and test.
Delete the "UpperFilters" and "LowerFilters" registry values from:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{36FC9E60-C465-11CF-8056-444553540000}
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