Iomega external drive - firewire works, usb doesn't
I have an external iomega drive.. I can hook it up via the firewire port on my notebook computer and it works fine.. I have copied data to it with no problems..
If I hook it up to my desktop via usb (no firewire on the desktop), it recognizes that hooked up a device ("ding dong!"), but it doesn't assign a drive letter.. If I go into the drive manager, I see the drive listed but it says it is empty and only gives me the option to create a "new simple volume", which I assume will wipe the drive..
Why does it work via firewire, but no via USB?
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Have you tried to assign a drive letter manually? Right-click the appropriate ribbon in Disk Management. Choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths" Click "New" and choose a letter from the drop-down alphabet. Click 'OK'
Hopefully, it's description will then change in Disk Management and you'll be able to access it.
I do not even get that option.. All I can do it 'new simple volume'..
It is weird: with firewire I can read/write, but with USB it sees it as an empty new drive.. unplug it and hook the firewire back up and there's all my data!