USB drive doesn't show up on my XP system

By Mark Leber ยท 4 replies
Aug 1, 2012
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  1. I hooked up a USB drive to my DVR to epxand my recording time. The DVR reformated the USB hard drive. It turns out this drive is not compatable with the DVR. I would like to use the drive, as it is brand new, so I am trying to hook it up to my XP system. the drive shows up in the Device Manager as disk 4, but it does not show up in Disk Management. I also ran the "diskpart" utility. It does not show up in the "list disk", but I can "select disk 4". But when I do select it, I can't do anything to it. Any suggestions on how I can reformat this disk to use on an XP system?
  2. Ectech

    Ectech TS Rookie

    Maybe the manufacturers manual will would be helpful. Can you provide me with the make an model?
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    This is a shot in the dark. But if you have time and the means to do so, here is how I'd approach this:

    Download a gparted live release and put that on cd/usb.

    Boot from that.

    Find your USB drive, be certain you have the right one, and delete everything.

    Let gparted do its thing, shut down, boot into Windows.

    Partition as normal.
  4. Mark Leber

    Mark Leber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks, I'll try that. The USB drive is a Toshiba 320 GB model v63700-E
  5. Mark Leber

    Mark Leber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    SNGX1275, It worked perfectly. I even let gparted reformat to NTFS. Thanks for the suggestion.

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