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April 7, 2005 10:46:31 AM

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XP Pro, SP2

I have an external Maxtor OneTouch drive which I had to wipe clean. I
deleted the partition, and created a new one, and formatted as NTFS (as is
my computer).

Now the Maxtor shows up as a "Local Drive," instead of removable (which I
thought it used to show as).

Did I do something wrong? How to get it out of the list of "Local Drives"?
Does it even matter?

Thanks.
Ken
April 7, 2005 10:46:32 AM

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Ken, this shouldn't affect your use of this drive unless you want to remove
it without shutting down. I would expect the drive would come with setup
software, if not see Maxtor's website maybe... Being a OneTouch drive I
would reinstall the software.

"Ken" wrote:

> XP Pro, SP2
>
> I have an external Maxtor OneTouch drive which I had to wipe clean. I
> deleted the partition, and created a new one, and formatted as NTFS (as is
> my computer).
>
> Now the Maxtor shows up as a "Local Drive," instead of removable (which I
> thought it used to show as).
>
> Did I do something wrong? How to get it out of the list of "Local Drives"?
> Does it even matter?
>
> Thanks.
> Ken
>
>
>
April 7, 2005 11:21:46 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

OK. I'll give that a try.

In the meantime.... what would happen if I remove or plug in without
shutting down? Kaboom?

Thanks.
Ken

"Damo" <Damo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:D D998856-E3F3-448A-A023-7E944C1C9474@microsoft.com...
> Ken, this shouldn't affect your use of this drive unless you want to
> remove
> it without shutting down. I would expect the drive would come with setup
> software, if not see Maxtor's website maybe... Being a OneTouch drive I
> would reinstall the software.
>
> "Ken" wrote:
>
>> XP Pro, SP2
>>
>> I have an external Maxtor OneTouch drive which I had to wipe clean. I
>> deleted the partition, and created a new one, and formatted as NTFS (as
>> is
>> my computer).
>>
>> Now the Maxtor shows up as a "Local Drive," instead of removable (which I
>> thought it used to show as).
>>
>> Did I do something wrong? How to get it out of the list of "Local
>> Drives"?
>> Does it even matter?
>>
>> Thanks.
>> Ken
>>
>>
>>
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April 7, 2005 11:21:47 AM

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Well, if it is appearing as a local disk, Windows will have enabled write
caching on the drive, and the Safe Remove facility will not be available when
the drive is plugged in. In other words, not kaboom, but you risk losing
data.

Damo

"Ken" wrote:

> OK. I'll give that a try.
>
> In the meantime.... what would happen if I remove or plug in without
> shutting down? Kaboom?
>
> Thanks.
> Ken
>
> "Damo" <Damo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:D D998856-E3F3-448A-A023-7E944C1C9474@microsoft.com...
> > Ken, this shouldn't affect your use of this drive unless you want to
> > remove
> > it without shutting down. I would expect the drive would come with setup
> > software, if not see Maxtor's website maybe... Being a OneTouch drive I
> > would reinstall the software.
> >
> > "Ken" wrote:
> >
> >> XP Pro, SP2
> >>
> >> I have an external Maxtor OneTouch drive which I had to wipe clean. I
> >> deleted the partition, and created a new one, and formatted as NTFS (as
> >> is
> >> my computer).
> >>
> >> Now the Maxtor shows up as a "Local Drive," instead of removable (which I
> >> thought it used to show as).
> >>
> >> Did I do something wrong? How to get it out of the list of "Local
> >> Drives"?
> >> Does it even matter?
> >>
> >> Thanks.
> >> Ken
> >>
> >>
> >>
>
>
>
April 7, 2005 1:31:16 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

Got it. Thanks.

"Damo" <Damo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:37665AAA-74E9-4086-A0A0-03DC62CF4FC1@microsoft.com...
> Well, if it is appearing as a local disk, Windows will have enabled write
> caching on the drive, and the Safe Remove facility will not be available
> when
> the drive is plugged in. In other words, not kaboom, but you risk losing
> data.
>
> Damo
>
> "Ken" wrote:
>
>> OK. I'll give that a try.
>>
>> In the meantime.... what would happen if I remove or plug in without
>> shutting down? Kaboom?
>>
>> Thanks.
>> Ken
>>
>> "Damo" <Damo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:D D998856-E3F3-448A-A023-7E944C1C9474@microsoft.com...
>> > Ken, this shouldn't affect your use of this drive unless you want to
>> > remove
>> > it without shutting down. I would expect the drive would come with
>> > setup
>> > software, if not see Maxtor's website maybe... Being a OneTouch drive
>> > I
>> > would reinstall the software.
>> >
>> > "Ken" wrote:
>> >
>> >> XP Pro, SP2
>> >>
>> >> I have an external Maxtor OneTouch drive which I had to wipe clean. I
>> >> deleted the partition, and created a new one, and formatted as NTFS
>> >> (as
>> >> is
>> >> my computer).
>> >>
>> >> Now the Maxtor shows up as a "Local Drive," instead of removable
>> >> (which I
>> >> thought it used to show as).
>> >>
>> >> Did I do something wrong? How to get it out of the list of "Local
>> >> Drives"?
>> >> Does it even matter?
>> >>
>> >> Thanks.
>> >> Ken
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>>
>>
>>
!