External Drive weirdness

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by zapoqx, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. zapoqx

    zapoqx Striking Master

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    As I can't really re-emulate the issue at home, this only tends to happen at the school.

    So this is where it gets weird. At times, if I need to take a drive out so that we can put in a different drive in for something, in some cases, it will say that there is no available drives.

    My only work around is to grab the U3 zip file in the drive that is found and copy it to the computer, then force install the application so that it clears out and realises "Oh, there is actually a free drive slot". But this is a 50/50 shot since there is the option it either
    • Works or...
    • It freezes out the keyboard and mouse.
    Any possible solutions since I can't really emulate this to find out?

    Any help greatly appreciated, thanks!
     
  2. roirraW "edor" ehT

    roirraW "edor" ehT Builder/Installer

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    Do the computers allow you access to Windows' (assuming XP or Vista) built-in Administrative Tools [Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Storage/Disk Management (Local)]?

    Using this, you could temporarily take away the optical drive's letter, freeing it up to be used for the SanDisk/flash drive. Just be sure to give it the drive letter back again when you're done. :)

    Right-click the drive, choose "Change Letters and Paths" and click Remove. Then to re-add instead of Remove click Add and choose the drive letter from the drop down list and click the Okays.
     
  3. LeeJend

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    Cheat-

    Shut down the 4 in 1 using "Safely Remove Hardware Icon" on the Taskbar.

    Under XP this frees up the 4 drive letters. ;) Not sure about VISTA and finding out would require rebooting... (Ah,what the heck. BRB).


    I'm back...
    Works in VISTA also. The freed up drive letters using stop on my 4 in 1 were reassigned to the external drive I attached.
     
  4. zapoqx

    zapoqx Striking Master

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    To edor, no. I can't access the admin tools. As unless we're marked under IT either internship or actual IT Staff (which is only 4), we can't get that access and have been only able to manipulate what we can. I'll explain a bit more in a sec.

    I should of mentioned yea, Windows XP.

    I'd like to add that we can't really add anything that isn't in the Temp folder. The "My Documents" is considered Temp. The Temp folder seems to have about 5GB of allocated space for us to use and only pull more if needed as long as the files are seperate (so if a file is more than 5 gb, it won't do it, but at 4.8 gb, it will). It also slows a bit for us doing so.

    so in response to LeeJend, the question is knowing this info, since we all login with seperate login names (the way it works is it gets our profiles via a server as opposed to local so its not some generic "student" user name and some generic "password" method. Its our own), if say I did that method of removing it via taskbar, would it come back if someone else was to login or would I have to restart the system?
     
  5. roirraW "edor" ehT

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    I would guesstimate that you would have to reboot the computer for the card reader drive letters to reappear, unless it's an external card reader and you can unplug and re-plug the USB cable to it, but my impression is that it's an internal card reader so that probably isn't an option.

    Only trying would tell 100% sure.
     
  6. zapoqx

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    ok, well next week since our club meets only Tuesday and Sundays, If it happens, I'll do what's suggested and update this post to say the results.
     
  7. roirraW "edor" ehT

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  8. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    AFAIK hardware trumps mapped drive letters - (i.e.) if you turn the PC off and plugin the USB device, it will pick a letter and assign it before Windows has a chance to map the drive. Of course, if this is the first time the device is connected it may need to install drivers and delay grabbing a letter.
     
  9. roirraW "edor" ehT

    roirraW "edor" ehT Builder/Installer

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    IMHO, no PC hardware assigns drive letters at all. It's purely a Windows (or DOS!) thing. Now there are cases where Windows will screw up drive letters, but usually not in this kind of situation. You can even tell Windows not to assign a drive letter to selected drives. Just my two cents.
     
  10. LeeJend

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    Yes, all you need to do to get it back is log off and log in again. It will see the 4 drives again and they will be back in the usual place.

    You haven't "uninstalled anything" all you did was turn it off for removal. They are treated like any thumb drive.
     
  11. Geffy

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    Knoppix Live CD?
     
  12. zapoqx

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    Well I'm a bit late in the update, but here goes...
    I seem to have figured out what it was. It seems that after one SanDisk flash drive is put in, for some reason (I don't know if its windows side or the sandisk program) it wants to keep the drive location for the drive that its on. Meaning, if Drive G is the U3 disk thing and Drive H is the actual drive itself, then it wants to lock Drive H as being the only drive for SanDisk flashes. However, the clear up of the 4in1 thing does fix up a bit of things.

    That is my update.