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Why do I get 4 "removable disk" entries in windows Explorer when I plug in my Nexstar Universal Storage Adapter

My Nexstar Universal Storage Adapter can connect to 3 HDD types (SATA, IDE, SCSI) and 4 memory cards (CF, XD, MS, SD). When I plug it in to a usb port with no hdd or card connected to it, I get 4 entries in Windows Explorer and 4 icons in MY Computer. They're all the same: "Removable Disk" followed by a drive letter. They must be referring to the memory cards, right? Is this normal? Are they supposed to be there even though no card is connected to the adapter? It's annoying if I connect an HDD and I get 4 meaningless entries in Explorer. If they shouldn't be there since no card is connected, how do I stop them from appearing?

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If neither computers detect it, which is a good form of process of elimination, I would test the cable with a known working. I would then extract the drive from the enclosure. And try mounting into a desktop machine as a slave, or find another enclosure.

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SOURCE: Computer not detecting NexStar 3 USB 2.0 External hard drive

I'm not a computer expert so I won't use too much tech language but after months of dissapointment, I finally got my NexStar 3 to work and it was actually easy!

At first I thought it was a driver problem so I tried to find a driver on line or in the disc provided (it wasn't neccessary as I run windows XP).

Then I actually opened the disc provided and found the PDF manual and opened that for a read (maybe the answer was in there?) Yep!! It has the answer you are looking for. Part of this manual 5.2 describes that "a partition is required" if the hard drive does not appear under My Computer.

To do this you:
Right click on your "My Computer" icon and choose "Manage",
Under "Storage" on the LEFT pane, select "Disc Management",
Find the drive (mine was around 300GB so I knew it was the one) at the bottom Left and "Initialize" the disc by clicking on "not initialized",
Then in the bottom RIGHT Pane, where the status bar is, Right click and choose New Partition,
Follow the directions from the Wizard. (Recommended partition type is "Primary" and file type "NTFS".

When this is done you should see your drive under My Computer.

NOTE: This formatted around 23GB on the newly created "E" drive I selected.

After this, by Right clicking the other unallocated area of the drive I went on to format the rest of the drive as a "F" drive which contains the other 256GB.

Hope this helps!

Keith in South Australia.

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This is the usual reason:
USB port has 4 pins (connectors). The two at the ends supply 5 Volts to the hard drive (or any other appliance you connect. I don't think there's a problem with those two because you can see the power light on the hard drive.
The middle is for data transfer. If one gets damaged, although the device gets power, the OS cannot recognize the device.
Try changing the USB cable you are using. Connectors in the wire are damaged more easily than those in the device.

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