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Old 09-29-2004, 11:27 AM   #1
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I am posting here as well as in the hard drives part...

My question is: I have XP Pro on my machine that once recognized the external firewire hard drive attached to it (showed up as drive letter in "My
Computer"). Now, the passthru works fine on the ext. hard drive feeding
another firewire device, but I can not get the pc to show a drive letter for
the ext. drive anymore. The ext. drive shows up fine on another pc w/ xp
pro. What .dll or file is missing or has been corrupted to cause this? I
also have a client that is experiencing the similar problem with his new pc
w/xp pro and a USB thumb drive, and thought these 2 issues may be similar in
nature.

Thanks in advance,
Dave S. A+ certified

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Hello... any ideas??? anyone???

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External drives sometimes conflict with mapped drives or card reader drive letters. Windows should automaticly reassign the drive letter but doesn't always. When you connect your external drive goto disk managment by right clicking my computer then in disk management change the drive letter of the external drive. Most of the time this is the only problem.

how to change drive letter:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307844
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