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> perhaps I should clarify... "autorun" or "autoplay"
> is not what I'm looking for... all I need is a connection
> from my USB cord drive to a USB terminal on a
> computer... as mentioned, this works fine with the
> small flash drive type USB devices
If I understand your messages your external IDE drive is using a
non-standard IDE cable (looking similar to USB) but is still running IDE?
If so your best bet is to get one of the external IDE/USB cases and stick
your IDE drive in it. I have seen them sell for less than $20. bucks on
If on the other hand your drive/cable combination is working plugged into an
actual USB port on your home computer then the problems with the other
computers can be a couple of things.
1. The computer your plugging it into that fails to work is running an older
OS than XP and has only loaded drivers to support a few specific external
USB devices, like a particular flash drive or two.
2. Your drive might be formatted in FAT32 or NTFS and the system you are
trying to use it on is configured to only talk with FAT formatted drives.
If your using NTFS try reformatting it to use FAT32 or even just plain FAT.
FAT is what many of the flash drives use and you might be more compatible
with an existing driver on the machine using it.
A local library near me has machines that only work with my iRiver flash
drive or my USB external drive when they are formatted using the FAT method.
3. The owner of the computer is running a security program that is allowing
external devices to connect to the USB port but with a drive size limit set
at 1 or 2 GB, as in flash drives only, not external USB hard drives.
Hope this helps get things working for you. >> Stay informed about: IDE drive as ""plug-and-play"" USB ?