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USB Drive unrecognized after restart of Windows 2003 Server

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We have a USB external hard drive attached to a Windows 2003 Server.  This drive was attached to accommodate backups of our SQL server databases because we simply were running out of room.  The problem is that every time the server is restarted, which is done automagically every Wednesday and Sunday, the drive does not come back unless it is unplugged from the USB port and plugged back in.  

This is a somewhat older server, so we had to add a PCI USB 2.0 card to accommodate this drive.  The drivers for this card are current as are the drivers for the external hard drive.

Does any one have a suggestion as to how we can prevent this or possibly a script that will force it to be recognized without someone having to physically unplug then plug the device back in after the restart is complete?
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Question by:Frank McCourry
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by:Cuteadder
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a startup script on the server...

net stop plugplay
net start plugplay

see if that works
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by:Frank McCourry
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That is not possible since the service does not allow this action.  Is it possible to change the registry to allow this?
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by:Cuteadder
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the service does not allow this?

what do you mean? what happens?
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by:Frank McCourry
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This is a Windows 2003 server, not XP.  when you try to stop the service, the error message "The requested pause, continue, or stop is not valid for this service."

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by:Frank McCourry
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Points increased because of difficulty in getting responses.
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by:Fatal_Exception
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I have had the same issues with one of my clients.   I uninstall the Device (via Device Manager) and then rescan for new hardware.   Once it reinstalls the USB controller (in your case the PCI Card), it should find the stick and it is then accessible...

So, you might try Devcon to remove the device, then use it to rescan and reinstall the card..

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/311272

mIght work...  :)

FE
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by:Frank McCourry
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Fatal Exception - I will give this a try, however,  I have uninstalled the device in device manager and then scanned for new devices.  The result is always the same, the drive comes back as "Unknown Device".  

Only when I unplug the device and then plug it back in ( either USB or power) does it install correctly.

The peculiar thing is that the device does not show any errors, it appears as if it is a valid driver.

I will post the results as soon as I can accomplish this task.
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by:Fatal_Exception
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Make sure you Uninstall the PCI Device that it is plugged into, not the drive itself..   For instance, on my powered USB Hub here in the office, I often have to uninstall the HUB using DM, and when it is found again, it also finds the plugged in USB Drive..
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Frank McCourry earned 0 total points
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Problem resolved by removing the USB drive and installing an Internal IDE Drive.  While I appreciate all of the help, none of the suggestions offered worked.
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by:Fatal_Exception
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An internal EIDE drive is a much better solution anyway...  Flash memory is not the most reliable way to store important data, and very insecure....
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