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Seagate USB 3.0 backup unit doesn't get a drive letter

  1. #11

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    lol, I remember when those multi card readers first came out. People would post asking why they had a half a dozen or so empty drives listed under My Computer. There was a drive letter for each different type of memory card it could read. Now they work like USB ports do, if there isn't anything plugged into it, its not listed.

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  2. #12

    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64

    Speaking of drive quirks, that reminds me of the card reader thing. I had an HP desktop AMD dual core. Nice machine but the HD activity indicator flicked like a metronome. I found out from a post in a forum someone tracked it down to polling the optical drive. If your HD and optical ran off the same controller you could get this blip. The way to test was disable the optical drive in Device Manager. Sure enough the blip went away.

    Two years later I bought another HP deskop. An AMD Quad. The HD activity light didn't tick. I said to myself "Good. They solved that issue." Months later I'm lying in bed watching TV. I look over at the quad. Now I'm at an angle where I can see inside the card readers. Damn if there wasn't this little red LED ticking like a metronome. It was polling the card readers. I guess it's better swept under the rug since I didn't have to tape some black cardboard over the HD indicator. But it was hard to ignore when watching TV there.
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Seagate USB 3.0 backup unit doesn't get a drive letter
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