I want my external HDD to be recognized as a local HDD?

Kamran M August 2, 2013

I m using Video Recording Software and it dose not support any other hard drives for recording only it records at local HDD drives, i need to attach external usb hard drive and wanna add and show as local drive, is it possible attaching external USB Hard and format all local and usb drives and reinstall windows , formatting and creating new partition including usb Hard ?????

  1. Oron J
    August 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Jan makes some excellent points, but if you still want to try, you can mount your your USB drive as a folder on a local drive, and this may be good enough for your software. To do so:
    Create a folder for this purpose on your internal hard disc (say C:VidRecs).
    Connect your USB drive. For the sake of these instructions, let's assume it's drive E: on your PC.
    Run "Computer Management", click on the arrow next to "Storage" on the left and click "Disk Management"
    Locate drive E: in the list.
    RIGHT-click on it and choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths"
    Click on [Add...]
    Type the path to the folder you created (e.g. C:VidRecs) or click [Browse], navigate to it and click [OK]
    Click [OK] to close the window, and close the Computer Management window as well. The USB drive will now appear both as the external drive E: and as C:VidRecs.

  2. Jan F
    August 3, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Normally the reason that it doesn't accept external drives is that they mostly don't offer enough write-speed to keep up with the data produced by the recorder.

    Therefor I would rule out using something like a USB hard drive because it will most likely bring your system down to the knees as the data recorder will eat up all your RAM waiting to be stored.

    Your best option probably is getting eSATA.
    If your computer doesn't have an eSATA port get an adapter card and an eSATA hard drive. Then you also don't have to deal with work-arounds since eSATA storage is automatically treated like internal storage.

  3. Hovsep A
    August 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    some external hard drives are standard hard drives contained in a box with an additional circuit board that converts their SATA or IDE interface into a USB or Firewire interface. Open the case, find the hard drive then install directly into your PC.