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Old 09-30-2005, 03:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought an external USB2.0 enclosure for a Hard drive that used to be in another computer. But now I want it to be well external for my notebook and want windows to recognize it as a "removable drive" and not a "local drive". Any Idea how to do this through formatting and partitioning etc? Thanks, I just can't figure it out.
Oh, I have xp professional if that matters.
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Old 09-30-2005, 04:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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have you tried it yet? just plug it in right click on it in my computer and format it
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Old 09-30-2005, 10:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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you shouldn't need drivers. it will recognise it as a removable drive if it is plugged in via USB
as for formatting it, just plug it in, right click (in My Computer) then clock format. use NTFS if you're only using it on 2000 or above machines. FAT32 if you're using it on computers with 98 or below
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thanks for the replys. I've tried formatting it but every time I plug it in, it keeps saying it's a "local drive". It's driving me crazy.
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Old 09-30-2005, 04:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Why does it matter what windows calls it? If it's removable and serves your purpose for your laptop and holds data, what's the problem?

lol - who cares if windows calls it, "Piece of **** drive?"
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^ Uh... Ok then Thanks.
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lol..I agree it doesnt matter if it has the actual title from windows "removable drive" it still is one. Those usually only come out with the camera reader devices.
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the only possible problem is that if it registers as a local drive there is no "safely remove" option.
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the only possible problem is that if it registers as a local drive there is no "safely remove" option.
^ Exactly, which is how my hard drive became corrupted before.
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well if nothing else shutdown the computer with it still attached
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