USB drives not showing up as Mapped drives

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by tshad, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. tshad

    tshad Guest

    We are running W2003 Server and we are adding USB 300GB drives as our
    removeable backups.

    When we add them to the system, it sees them as new drives, knows they are
    drives and even knows what make of drive.

    But when you look in Windows Explorer they are not there.

    How do we get the server to see them as drives?

    Thanks,

    Tom
     
    tshad, Nov 15, 2005
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  2. Right click on My Computer > Manage > Disk Management. Ensure that a drive
    letter is assigned to them and that they are formatted correctly.
     
    Isaac Steinfeld, Nov 15, 2005
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  3. Hi,

    Try this,

    Right Click on My Computer and click on Manage. Now click on Disk
    Management. Once it loads up, can you see your drives? If yes, right click
    on it and try with Change Drive letter and Paths... Does this work ... ?
     
    Miha Pihler [MVP], Nov 15, 2005
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  4. tshad

    tshad Guest

    Actually, it did work and when I created the partition and formatted the
    drive, I was able to set the drive letter to Z and Y.

    In Windows Explorer, it shows as a drive, but no letter after it.

    I can get to it from the address bar and see what is on it, but with 2 USB
    drives, I can't tell one from the other since there is not label telling me
    which is which.

    Tom
     
    tshad, Nov 16, 2005
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  5. If you open My Computer, can you see the drives there?

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    Mike
    Microsoft MVP - Windows Security

     
    Miha Pihler [MVP], Nov 16, 2005
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  6. tshad

    tshad Guest

    They never show there.

    But in the Windows explorer (left Panel), the first time you open it will
    not have the drives at all.

    If you go to the top address bar, enter Z: or Y:, the right panel shows the
    files in it and now the drive shows in the left panel (with no text next to
    it).

    Tom
     
    tshad, Nov 16, 2005
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  7. Not sure what could be wrong.

    Do you have SP1 installed on this server?

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    Mike
    Microsoft MVP - Windows Security

     
    Miha Pihler [MVP], Nov 16, 2005
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  8. tshad

    tshad Guest

    Yes. Just checked it.

    Very strange.

    Thanks,

    Tom
     
    tshad, Nov 17, 2005
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  9. Hi,

    Do you have another Windows 2003 server where you could plug your HDD in and
    see if you get same results?

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    Mike
    Microsoft MVP - Windows Security


     
    Miha Pihler [MVP], Nov 17, 2005
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