First, let me say that I am not really into hardware too much. I know enough to get me around. In other word, I know more about developing software than I know about the platform the software is going to run on, which is quite bad and I realize I need to work on that.
So, yesterday I finally decided to get myself a portable storage device. After months of thinking which device to buy (flashdisk, ipod and other mp3 players), I decided on a USB plugable portable harddrive (only after someone actually mentioned it to me. I wonder why I never really think of this as a viable solution before. I know it existed. *Shrug* sometimes the mind is working in strange ways). I spent some time on the net browsing on sites for more information on such device. It was decided that my budget for this is around $200 US (based on drive size - 60GB - and pricing online). Anyhow, I tagged along with my friend who just happened to be heading to Mangga Dua. On the way there I explained to him what it is that I am really looking for and that I've been doing my research on the net, etc. He suggested to me a slightly different solution. Why not buy a USB harddrive enclosure that is plugable (the internal harddrive can be changed easily) and a separate (notebook) harddrive to plug in the enclosure instead of buying a built in one. It might cost cheaper, he said, and I went along with his suggestion. It seems to make sense to me. At Mangga Dua Mall we went store to store asking for such device. It seems to me none of the stores that I visited have a 60GB notebook harddrive in stock. Finally, I settled on a Rp. 975.000,- priced enclosure and a 40GB Toshiba laptop harddrive. I was quite please with myself for not going over budget by a whole lot. :) I tend to shop on impulse sometimes which my wife hate X-). But let's not get into that. Hehe. I asked the vendor if I need to install any driver for this device. He and my friend interjected with no, no, no, on Windows XP you don't really need to install the driver. It's all plug and play. And so I believed them. I mean, it's the wonderfully magical plug and play Windows XP, what can goes wrong right? :)
After spending hours of shopping and browsing around the mall, I arrived home, feeling eager, to try my new toy. They said it was just a simple plug and play. Plug both ends of the USB cord and WALLA! there is your portable storage device, magically appear as another drive on the Windows Explorer. After all, I've seen it many times with flashdisk and bluetooth, etc. and it always seem to work magically. Well.... guess what.... It does NOT. The first thing that cross my mind is what a piece of crap is this that I have bought (mind you, I didn't test it when I bought it, fully trusting the vendor, hehe and I was so fully convinced on the entire Plug and Play thing). After spending about 30-45 minutes plugging and uplugging the stupid device into multiple USB slots, I was still unable to get a drive letter in the Windows Explorer that would let me access the new freaking drive. The funny thing is, the Plug and Play seems to work to some degree. XP did notice the new device and display the Safely Remove Hardware in the taskbar. I can see the device exists in the Device Manager, it has a driver attached to it, etc. but... WHERE THE F!*#( is my freaking drive letter? WHY won't it (XP) let me access the stupid drive!!? I was so pissed at myself for not trying it before buying it. Now I have to go back to store (which is far far away from where I live) and return it. What a waste of time THAT going to be.
In an effort to calm myself down I tried to distract myself by reading the ASP.NET 2.0 Quickstart that I installed a while back. And then... DING!... It dawned on me that perhaps I have to do something else from XP to make the device accessible with drive letter. My memory raced back to the long forgotten occassion when I needed to add an internal harddrive to my machine. And so, trusting the memory, I raced the mouse toward the Administrative Tools menu item, clicked!, and to the Computer Management item, clicked!. Walla! there it is... the Disk Management Tool!!!. Lo and behold, the freaking drive exists there as Disk 2 Basic 37.25GB unformatted space. I didn't know if I should start cursing or jumping with joy. And so from the tool I formatted the new drive and assign it to Z:. After waiting a while for the drive to format, I finally get to see and use my new 40GB portable Z: drive. Yay!
The Moral of the Story
Why don't you figure that one out by yourself. I am tired *yawn*.
The story is a bit exaggerated for your amusement, but more or less that's how it went. Enjoy.