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    Question PC won't allocate a drive letter on USB HDD to use WBFS Manager 3.0

    Hi everyone,

    After allot of mucking around with a USB HDD I have I finally got it to work with USB loader 1.5 by using it's formatter for WBFS. Have backed up games to the HDD and loaded them as well but cannot get either XP or vista machines to allocate a drive letter so that I can get the ISO's from the HDD using WBFS Manager 3.0. Does anyone know how to get a drive letter assigned. I have tried the disk management utilities in both windows versions and the USB HDD drive comes up but has no letter and won't let me assign one. The format I originally used was fat32 and the drive is an 80G HP pocket media drive (Hitachi). Any ideas?

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    It may help to mark the partition as active and maybe make the WBFS partition the primary one.
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    In XP this is accessed from Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management.

    From here you should be able to see the hard drive in the list, right clicking on the information will give you an option to 'Mark Partition as Active'.

    You will also need to make the WBFS partition the primary partition for WBFS manager to see it (if you are using two partitions).

    You can also apparently set the drive letter here, although it didn't seem to work for me as it chooses an arbitary one.

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    One other thing I noticed with my external is that it needs a full powered USB port to operate correctly. Initially my drive worked on the front USB but once formatted and a few isos were loaded it would not work and showed no drive letter in management until I routed it to a rear USB port, from where it works fine.

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    the wbfs partition should ALWAYS be made the primary partiton.

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    Thanks for the help.

    Have tried the disk management app in XP but the only options it gives me are "new logical drive" and "Delete Partition".

    I don't think i have any further options but to wipe the drive and start again. This time I'll try FAT32 and format to WBFS using WBS Manager rather than using USB loader to format.

    I'll let you know how it goes.

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    use EASEUS partition manager. google it. its free and it rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hip69 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    After allot of mucking around with a USB HDD I have I finally got it to work with USB loader 1.5 by using it's formatter for WBFS. Have backed up games to the HDD and loaded them as well but cannot get either XP or vista machines to allocate a drive letter so that I can get the ISO's from the HDD using WBFS Manager 3.0. Does anyone know how to get a drive letter assigned. I have tried the disk management utilities in both windows versions and the USB HDD drive comes up but has no letter and won't let me assign one. The format I originally used was fat32 and the drive is an 80G HP pocket media drive (Hitachi). Any ideas?

    Cheers
    I had the same problem

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