External Maxtor USB2 hard drive issues

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Chris, Sep 5, 2004.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Hi group
    I have recently purchased a Maxtor 120gb external USB 2 hard drive.
    I am having trouble formatting it (used Partition magic 8.0).
    I can now see partitions in Wn XP pro storgae management but the
    drives do not appear in my computer.

    Any hints or related help sites please.

    Cheers

    Chris
     
    Chris, Sep 5, 2004
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    Unk Guest

    HOW TO: Partition and Format a Hard Disk in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=313348
     
    Unk, Sep 5, 2004
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  3. Chris

    Robin Hood Guest

    If your XP is sitting on NTFS and the drive is FAT32 or visa versa you could
    have a problem. One answer is to remove the drive from the caddy and
    temporarily connect it to you computer. e.g instead of the CD drive, then
    set up the partitions and format of the drive to your requirements, then put
    it back into the USB caddy.

    To cover myself:

    Always work on a PC with it disconnected from the supply. Don't do anything
    unless you know what you are doing.
     
    Robin Hood, Sep 5, 2004
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  4. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Thanks for the assistance guys.
    I have now completed the format with a 50 gig and 60 gig in NTFS and
    10 gig FAT32..

    Now I have problems with Ghosting and the USB2 being recognised in DOS
    as the standard Ghost 8 USB2 drivers do not recognise the drive.

    The message suggests I load the drivers supplied so I pointed to the
    directory (no go) though fear I will nead to create a Config.sys and
    autoexec.bat to load these. The Maxtor documentation does not assist
    with this.

    Suggestions please?

    Chris
     
    Chris, Sep 6, 2004
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  5. You are quite wrong. WINXP will read and write to FAT32 without
    problems. You can neither read nor write to NTFS from DOS unless you
    load software such as NTFSDOS.

    In general it preferable to format external drives FAT32 and not
    NTFS. If you format NTFS the use of the drive is restricted to those
    systems that can read NTFS which excludes earlier versions of Windows.
     
    Edward W. Thompson, Sep 6, 2004
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  6. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Ah thanks Edward that sounds like the solution (I dont know what I was
    thinking) of course Dos cannot see NTFSand I was asking Ghost to
    assign letters to an NTFS partition on the drive drive.

    I will re-format and try again.
     
    Chris, Sep 6, 2004
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  7. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Ah another question is there a limit to the size a FAT32 partition can
    will be seen from by PC DOS?
    And whats a suggested size to partition for XP ghost images?
     
    Chris, Sep 6, 2004
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    Jim Berwick Guest

    Nonsense. It is entirely true that DOS can not natively see NTFS
    partitions, however I am sitting at my desk right now with a Norton Ghost
    floppy that I just used to boot from, and image an NTFS partition to a
    FAT32 partition (create an image of the NTFS partition and write it to a
    FAT32 partition. Ghost identifies the NTFS partition with an id of 07.
     
    Jim Berwick, Sep 6, 2004
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  9. Mind explaining what is 'nionsense'. As far as I know, Ghost does not
    use DOS, at least not MSDOS.
     
    Edward W. Thompson, Sep 7, 2004
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  10. Chris

    Jim Berwick Guest

    It is nonsense that you can't use Ghost on an NTFS partition. I believe
    Ghost uses a version of PCDOS, I don't know whether they have incorporated
    NTFS support into it or not but I can and do frequently boot off of a
    Norton Ghost diskette and create or restore images of NTFS partitions on
    test computers. Frequently as in once a week or more.
     
    Jim Berwick, Sep 7, 2004
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