View Full Version : Windows 2000 SP4 not seeing external drive

17-04-2008, 08:15 PM
I have a Seagate 250gig USB hard drive.
The problem is that with Windows 2000 it does not connect with the Seagate unless I use Disk Manager to asign a Letter to it.

With all other systems, xp, ME, 98, Linux there is no problem and a letter is asigned to it automatically.
The 2000 & xp are on the same computer.

Speedy Gonzales
17-04-2008, 08:19 PM
Has it been formatted? Or is there anything on it??

If it hasnt go to disk management / highlight it then format it. The same way you would do it in XP.

18-04-2008, 12:49 AM
May be helpful?

18-04-2008, 07:50 PM
You probably need to update W2k to SP3 or 4 to see a drive larger than 137 GB and use USB2 (purportedly there is a specific update for USB2); your motherboard specs/bios could also be your problem ( older models cant see big hdds, and/or are not USB2 compliant); you may have an incorrect cable (is a difference between 1.1 and 2) etc.

Speedy Gonzales
18-04-2008, 08:08 PM
You probably need to update W2k to SP3 or 4 to see a drive larger than 137 GB

It says SP4 in the title

18-04-2008, 11:40 PM
what happens if you plug in a normal flash drive? It sounds like it may be a general problem with any removable drive.

Have you installed all the post SP4 updates?

19-04-2008, 01:15 AM
It says SP4 in the title
Yup, does too, my bad :o:D

19-04-2008, 04:42 PM
No problems with any other USB device, only the Seagate.
USB2 is fine and once the drive is mounted it is normal. Maybe it thinks its Linux! :o

24-04-2008, 01:14 AM
Still not fixed.

Any more ideas?

USB hard drive is normal after being mounted by drive manager. All other USB devices are normal.

24-04-2008, 02:09 PM
The situation is even more strange!

I now have Windows ME as a Guest on the W2000 via "VMware". Works perfectly and even detects the USB Seagate drive, which the W2000 will not.

Very strange!!!