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I recently restored to factory settings on my HP laptop.once restored I then input my Iomega drive into the USB port to access some of my saved files.

In the F drive it no longer shows my portable drive as Iomega but shows "USB to ATA/ATAPI Bridge"and only shows the drive as 32gb not 500gb.He

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Just to be on the safe side, why not plug in your iomega drive into another known working computer and see what happens. If it works fine and is properly recognized then the anomaly lies within the software of your laptop.

U might want to contact HP - but be fore warned that they are terrible for support if your unit is "out of warranty." If that is the case I would simply google the anomaly and in all likelihood you will get links that will help you fix it yourself.

Posted on Apr 06, 2015

Testimonial: "Thanks Richie, I will try on another laptop and take it from there :-)"

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  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2015

    I have tried the drive in another computer and it still shows as "USB to ATA/ATAPI Bridge" and only shows as 32gb not 500gb. I am guessing sadly that I have lost all my saved documents on the Iomega drive, but just in case there is something else I can try can anyone offer any further help on what to do next

  • richie46 Apr 11, 2015

    Bummer. Before you give up I would still try to google the anomaly and see if others , like you, have experienced the same situation and what they did or what happened. You might also try using recovery software to see if that helps you recover any of the missing files. And you can also try removing the drive from the iomega enclosure, bypass the electronics there and try connecting it direct to any computer to see what happens. Bad electronics on the iomega box could also be the cause of the anomaly! Good luck and keep me posted!

  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2015

    removing the drive from the enclosure sounds a little bit too technical for me (lol) can you reccomend any recovery software (free if possible)?

  • richie46 Apr 11, 2015

    U can always google for it and use the freeware. But I honestly do think that removing the drive from the enclosure is the best way to go. All you have to do is remove the screws of the enclosure to expose the innards. Then simply disconnect the hard drive from the two umbilicals to disconnect it from the enclosure electronics. Then connect the naked drive via a ribbon and power line to a desktop computer and see if it is recognized. If so, you are in luck! And it is not hard to do, trust me.

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    johnny rebel Apr 11, 2015

    thats what i said,but,you explained it in a way that could be understood,,i guess,lol

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When you reset your comp,you also made it forget your usb drive,the drive was formatted to your comp,now it doesnt recognize it,get whatever files you can out of it and format it on your comp.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015

Testimonial: "problem is the drive which is 500gb is only showing 32gb in the properties. All my photos and files that were on the drive are not visable. I'm not a computer tech person but surely it should show the drive as 500gb?? and I am hoping that somewhere on there is all my personal data. I think I may have to get someone to look at the drive to see if anything can be recovered. thanks anyway"

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    johnny rebel Apr 11, 2015

    I dont know what you dont understand about my answer?,your files ARE on the usb device,when you rebooted your COMP, your COMP forgot the usb device,so,in order to see all the files,you need to put the USB device into another comp.download all your files onto that comp and then plug in the usb device to your COMP and reformat the USB devie,NOW IT WILL SEE ALL 500 GB ON THE UNIT, go to the other comp and put your files back on it and then plug it into your comp.

  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2015

    i have plugged the drive into another computer and it shows exactly the same as on my laptop, 32gb and all my files are not visable. i guess i can re format the drive but i dont want to do this whilst there may be a chance my files could still be on it. thanks for your comments tho.

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