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HELP!! External USB drive not working on DL 380 with Windows 2003

John Jackson_7
Occasional Contributor

HELP!! External USB drive not working on DL 380 with Windows 2003

Windows 2003 OS Enterprise Server not recognizing portable Seagate USB 100 GB drive as an available drive.

We have an HP Proliant DL 380 running Windows 2003 Enterprise Server and are trying to "back it up" using the external portable USB 2.0 Seagate hard drive. After plugging in the USB drive to the back of the DL380's USB port, the OS claims to have discovered it when observing the little system tray area. Immediately after plugging it in, it displays a message stating "New Device Found". The problem is that when opening the Windows Explorer file manager program, the drive is not being displayed at all or with any drive letter assigned. Additionally, when looking in the Control Panel --> Device Manager, the USB storage device device does appear and seems to be in order.

What additional steps must be taken to have Windows 2003 recognize the external USB device as an additional hard drive that we can access?

John Jackson
Hewlett Packard
john.jackson@hp.com
214-298-8641 cell
214-521-6900 office
2 REPLIES
MMurfster
Frequent Advisor

Re: HELP!! External USB drive not working on DL 380 with Windows 2003

Try this: Start-->My Computer--Manage-->Disk Management
I've seen this in the past where the USB device wants to be assigned the same drive letter as an existing drive. Select the USB drive and change it's drive letter.
Just a shot...
John Jackson_7
Occasional Contributor

Re: HELP!! External USB drive not working on DL 380 with Windows 2003

That did it!! Forgot to look there (in the disk management area). Good tip. Thanks!!