Quote: Originally Posted by ColMac
Thank you for responding to my post.
Yes, I am able to access the drive.
I right-click on it, and invoke Properties.
When I go to the tab and attempt to re-set "Security" in order to redefine "Users", I can move the highlighted line to "Adminstrators", and click on "OK", but it defaults back to "Authenticated Users".
When I go to the tab and attempt to re-set "Hardware" to "Buffalo External HDD USB Device" I have the same problem: it defaults back to "ATAPI DVD etc DVD/CD ROM Drive" after I click on "OK".
In both cases, the "Apply" filed is grayed out and does not operate.
Tried to modify the setup in BIOS, including disabling the automatic disk definition function, but couldn't accomplish anything worthwhile.
It is sort of annoying and frustrating.
Ok. I think I see what's happening.
1. Hardware: You cannot reset any "hardware" for a device. All you are allowed to do is view the complete list of hardware drives connected to the system. Also, no matter which drive you access this list from, it will always highlight the first entry on the list [in your case, the ATAPI DVD drive because it's running alphabetical]. The fact that you have "Buffalo USB..." is a good thing. There is nothing to worry about here. I attached what I see on my mine as reassurance. http://lh6.ggpht.com/_W1boqS7O3R0/S9...ternal_hwl.jpg
2. Security: When you just "choose" another entry on the list, you are not actually doing any sort of settings change. You have to click EDIT to invoke the ability to make changes. See Image: http://lh6.ggpht.com/_W1boqS7O3R0/S9...xtern_sec1.jpg
Since I have only one I don't quite apply to this case the same way but the way security works in Windows 7 is as long as they are on the list, they get access. It doesn't matter who you've "highlighted". If you think one user or group needs different permission, click the edit button and you'll get this window: http://lh4.ggpht.com/_W1boqS7O3R0/S9...xtern_sec2.jpg
Here you can highlight each entry and set the permissions below or add users or groups [see arrow].
I hope I've cleared it up for you a bit
In Summary: EVERYTHING IS WORKING JUST FINE.