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Windows 7: USB ATA HD: Primary vs Logical


01 Mar 2010   #1

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OS Version 6.1.7601
 
 
USB ATA HD: Primary vs Logical

Win 7 recognizes my UST ATA hard drive but I want to test it before I spend hours moving data to it.

How do I test the drive?

Since it is formated as a primary drive does that mean it must on when I power up my computer?

What happens if I turn it off and on again.

Should I convert it to a Logical drive?

The most frustrating part of the process is the drive is not consistently recognized by Win 7, VM Player or XP Home. EASEUS Partition Manager failed several times to complete a move, format, delete partition.

Background:
I recently converted a Western Digital 500GB drive from Raw to NTFS. Saturday I used an Elevated Command to format it ~ F: /NTFS /Q. At that point Win 7 recognized the drive and I backup 140GB to this drive.

Sunday morning Win 7 could not recognize the drive.

I then installed VM Player, XP Home Edition and ran EASEUS Partition Manager. PM found several Partition in front of the F drive. PM removed all of the partitions and formatted the drive.

Win 7 currently recognizes the drive. Computer Manager reports it as:

F: Simple, Basic, NTFS Healthy (Active Primary Partition) 465.7 GB Free: 322.9

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01 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Being Primary does not mean it needs to be on when you power up your computer. There is no need to convert to Logical unless you run out of Primary partitions.

Have you tried updating your USB drivers from Device Manager, and updating your chipset drivers?
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01 Mar 2010   #3

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OS Version 6.1.7601
 
 

The similar threads below answers some of my questions.
1. Use a primary drive to assign a letter so Win 7 can recognize it.

Can I rely Win 7 to recognize this drive now?
What happens if I turn it off and on?
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01 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If you turn it off without using the Safely Remove Hardware button in the system tray, you risk data loss. I am not at home now, so I can't show you a screenshot, but search Google for "disable write caching windows 7".
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01 Mar 2010   #5

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OS Version 6.1.7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Being Primary does not mean it needs to be on when you power up your computer. There is no need to convert to Logical unless you run out of Primary partitions.

Have you tried updating your USB drivers from Device Manager, and updating your chipset drivers?
I did try to update the USB drivers from Device Manager but it did not find any drivers.

I recently updated most of my drivers. What driver update service or program do you use?
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01 Mar 2010   #6

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OS Version 6.1.7601
 
 

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01 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Russellreno View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Being Primary does not mean it needs to be on when you power up your computer. There is no need to convert to Logical unless you run out of Primary partitions.

Have you tried updating your USB drivers from Device Manager, and updating your chipset drivers?
I did try to update the USB drivers from Device Manager but it did not find any drivers.

I recently updated most of my drivers. What driver update service or program do you use?
I use Device Manager and manually search for new drivers for the devices I need to update, but I can recommend a third-party program: Driver Easy - Free Driver Detect & Download Software
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01 Mar 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I hate do argue with my friend Jonathan, but there is really no need to disable write caching if you ALWAYS use "safely remove". The safely remove will purge the cache before it releases the disk. But it is very rare that there is anything left in the cache anyhow. When you disable write caching, you may get a performance hit.
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01 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I agree with whs completely. Using the Safely Remove button is a good practice.
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01 Mar 2010   #10

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OS Version 6.1.7601
 
 

I updated my Intel Chipset drivers on January 19, 2010.

Device Manager reports I have the current drivers for the USB Mass Storage Device.

It looks like we are finished here!

I will leave this post open until tomorrow.

Thanks Jonathon.

BTW the next time I am in Rednecksville I will buy you a beer.
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