Firelite USB hard drive not recognized by PC

By gatorjp
Oct 12, 2005
  1. Firelite 40 Gig USB external hard drive is not recognized as a drive letter by Win XP operating System. When plugged into USB port, the device recognition window opens, and sees a "Uoshiba" device, not a Toshiba. And then it does not assign a drive letter. Meanwhile, the drive light on the case is blinking a series of code flashes. :suspiciou
  2. Michelle2

    Michelle2 TS Rookie Posts: 35

    May not help, but I had to change a USB stick drive letter for windows to see a device as it was conflicting with the A:.
  3. gatorjp

    gatorjp TS Rookie Topic Starter

    conflicting drive letters.

    You are right. These drives, including the flash drives are sensitive to the drive letter assignments. We have a network with a number of mapped drives, and I always have to leave drive letters E: and F: unmapped for USB drives to see. I wish the solution was only that. The key thing I noticed, though, was that the word Toshiba was misspelled when reporting what the drive identification was. This indicates to me that there is probably an error in the drive tables.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    go to the Device Manager and review the configuration.
    With the USB HD plugged in, you should see a Mass Storage device in the
    list. If not, change the setting. Once you have access, you can assign the
    drive letter and it will 'stick' for the next time, just leave a gap between your
    last non-usb device and the usb-hd.
  5. gatorjp

    gatorjp TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Mapping drive for Firelite

    I went to the Control Panel, found the "Mass Storage Device" in the USB list. But could not find a way to assign it a drive letter. Rt-Click didn't give me one. And there is not one on the menu bar. I guess I need more information.


  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    I make mention of the MSD, as sometimes it needs to be configured manually
    when things don't work as expected. Yours appears to be correct.

    The drive letter is assigned to the usb drive which should be below the
    Mass Storage Device.
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