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Question: Solved: External Buffalo Drive

Hi, I am looking for a driver for a Buffalo HD-CE500U2-EU. Any thoughts please?

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I have just got a Buffalo 500gb external hard drive, it has installed perfectly on my windows XP laptop, however when I try and install it on my other laptop with Windows vista, it starts that "device driver install" icon in the system tray but when I click on "my computer" from the start menu I cant find the drive!! - the funny thing is that it DOES appear when I go into the "start" menu and then "control panel" and "system" and then in the "device manager" I can find the Buffalo USB drive called "HD-PVU2" BUT it wont show in the drives on "my computer" and its not possible to transfer data to the drive, any suggestions anyone??? thanks PCDIMWIT

Answer:+++ Buffalo 500gb external USB drive ++

Go to 'My Computer' and select Manage, then click on 'Disk Management' - right click the drive then choose Format. It should then show ok.

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Hi can someone help please? I have a buffalo external hard drive that is recognised in system and say's drivers are working. But I can not access any files from it either through the computer or software. anyone got any ideas as to why. It was working fine up until yesterday.

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Hi, does anyone know of "Buffalo"s reliability? It seems my current external drive is about to give up. Its a Western Digital 'My Book' 320gb and its making odd "clicking noises".Yesterday it disappeared from 'my computer' and i eventually got it working after pulling out all the plugs and re-booting pc. The "Buffalo DriveStation" 500gb looks a good buy from for 50. Any thoughts please - Tony

Answer:Buffalo External Hard Drive

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I've got a 1TB Buffalo USB external drive. It worked great until about 2 days ago. It was pre-formatted to FAT32, needing to put a 10 gig file on it, I reformatted it to NTFS. No problem.

Except my Xbox, my laptop, and my PS3 didn't recognise it anymore. Only the desktop did. I checked online, it wasn't a problem, cause PS3 and Xbox only read FAT 32 hard drives... so i knew i just needed to format back, and it would all be fine.

So I tried to format it back, but FAT32 was not an option. only exFAT. After reading about for a bit i found out i could format in FAT32 from the CMD dos Prompt.

So I tried that. It stayed at 0% for what seemed like forever, and then the system shut down.

I rebooted and now my drive isn't there. It shows in device manager as "hard drive" with no extra details, but says it's working.

It shows in Drive Manager, but is listed as "Unallocated" and "not initalised"

I know i need to initialise it to get it show again, however anytime i try I get this error:
Data Error (Cyclic redundacy check)

Can someone please help? I dont care if i lose all the data on it, I just want it reformatted and reinitalised so i can start using it again.

Thanks in advance to anyone who helps in any way.

Answer:Cant initalise my external 1TB Buffalo drive.

The 1st part of this tutorial describes how to initialize a hard drive.

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can anyone help a novice by using simple language how to move music library and photos to an external buffalo drive station, thereafter once the laptop has been restored to factory settings how do I reinstall

Many thanks

JimThe Pilot

Answer:transferring from laptop to external drive buffalo drive station

do you know how to 'drag n drop' from one folder to another??
Thats about as simple a way of moving the files as you can get

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Hi Everyone,

I am using a Buffalo LinkStation (LS-QVL), it is configured for RAID 10 and has 4 Terabytes of capacity. I am not using anywhere near the full capacity (instead I am only using about 6%!). It has occurred to me that I should make an off-site backup of the content on the LinkStation. Toward this end I would like to backup the contents of the LinkStation to an external USB hard drive.

Can anybody tell me if it is possible to backup files from this NAS to an external hard drive? If it is possible any advice on how to set this up will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


Answer:Backing up Buffalo NAS to an external hard drive

Unless your NAS has a provision to mount the external hard drive via USB and supports file transfers between the volumes, you're going to have to do this over the network with the external hard drive connected to a PC that is connected to the NAS.

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Hi all,

New to this site, so hope this is in the right place and hope you can help!

I have just purchased a 500G Buffalo external hard drive, HD-PC500U2/BK-EU. Plug it in and it is recognised by my P.C (running XP) but I cannot go any further and cannot run the DriveNavi.exe file which is on the external HD. All I get are the following error messages

The application failed to inialize properly (0xc0000006). Click OK to terminate the application.


Only part of a ReadProcessMemory or WriteProcessMemory request was completed


F:\DriveNavi.exe is not a valid Win32 application

I have trawled the net to try to find a solution and Buffalo support are no use at all...and extremely frustrated and would appreciate any help, please


Answer:Buffalo External Hard drive problem-Help please!

That sounds like an autorun request for the bundled DriveNavi.exe program. And "trawled the net"? . I think you've gotta format the HDD. That might just do the trick.

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I have a desktop PC that does not come with any USB 3 ports on its mainboard. Yesterday I bought a PCI-E to USB 3.0 expansion card with two ports.

I installed the card, connected the floppy power cable, and windows 10 installed its driver with no issues. There is no yellow mark in the device manager.

First I connected my USB 3.0, 2.5" Seagate drive and windows properly recognized it and set its speed at USB 3.0. I copied a lot of files at a constant max speed of about 95 MB/s. So far everything is good.

Then I tried my 3.5" Buffalo USB 3.0 drive. No matter what I did, it simply would not connect at USB 3 speed, only USB 2. I tried both ports. The drive's external power adapter is connected.

Windows does know that it's a USB 3 device, since it shows the message "This device can perform faster if connected to USB 3.0".

The drive does come with a cable with blue USB 3 connectors.

Anyone ever experienced such an issue before?

Answer:External 3.5" Buffalo USB 3.0 drive only connects at USB 2.0 mode

In general, the first thing to try with any USB device that doesn't behave correctly (or at all) is to open Device Manager, find the device and uninstall it. If you don't currently have the device connected you may need to select 'show hidden devices' in Device Manager's 'View' menu.

If an inappropriate driver had been loaded the first time it was connected it will continue to be used on all subsequent times. Uninstalling it will make windows 'forget' and choose the driver from scratch.

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Hi,I usually have my buffalo external hdd connected to my dell studio 15. I tried shutting down once but accidentally put it into hibernation. So after it hibernated I switched it back on, the hdd would spin up a couple of times, but as it got to the desktop it would spin down. I try to access the hdd and I can see the folders etc, when I try entering a folder such as "music" for example, the hdd would spin up, but then a message would say the folder music is unavailable. So I refresh the window, and the music folder disappears! just like that, now after the spin up, i can access the rest of the folders, but the "music" is just gone forever. Does anyone know what's going on or how I can get that folder back. It was actually the "documents" folder in my case, but music was an example.Thanks

Answer:Buffalo external hard drive and Vista Hibernation

hi again, Problem has been fixed and the files are still there! Basically used vista scan disk to fix errors option and it recovered my files. Phew....thought I'd lost it all.

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Hi! So i bought a buffalo DVSM-PN58U2V DVD MULTI DRIVE. The package says that it installs automatically when connected into the computer, but when i plug it in, instead my computer recognises it as Optiarc DVD RW AD-7560S USB DEVICE, tries to install its drivers, and fails. I have a 32bit vista home premium.

Answer:Problem with Buffalo DVSM-PN58U2V external dvd-drive

Leave it connected and reboot. What happens?

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I have subject device running from Win7 64 bit.
It's decided to show capacity as 49.5Gb instead of 1Tb.
Any ideas welcomed.

Answer:Buffalo Ministation 1TB USB 2.0 Slimline Portable External Hard Drive

On the search window type Disk manage. From the options, open "Create and format hard disk partitions"
Expand the Status column so it can be readable.
Take a snapshot of the screen and upload the image.

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My Buffalo external drive shows empty on window 7 pro, no previous signs of malfunction just a little slow before this incident.
when i trying to right click and check properties, after a while windows shows a message saying " data error (Cyclic redundancy check)"
It contains all my family photos for the last years, please if anyone can help me with this issue I will appreciate

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Can anyone tell me if the above Exteral HDD will be compatable with windows 8. It works fine with Windows 7 Premium. Thanks.


Answer:Buffalo MiniStation Lite 320 Gb Portable USB 2.0 External Hard Drive..

Unlikely anyone has your specific drive. But in general, i've never seen a USB device that didn't work in Windows 8 that worked in Windows 7.

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I have a buffalo 500gb external HD which I use mainly as a back up for photos/docs/vids etc., I have been deleting alot of uneccessary things on it and it now contains only 47gb of material, however when I click on the properties it is still showing 270gb free of 465gb, this means that there is still 195gb of material when in fact there is only 47gb of material on it in total - how can this be?? I have unplugged the buffalo drive, left it a while and replugged it in but its still showing (in the properties of the drive) that it has 270gb free of 465gb, very odd, thanks LAPTOPDUNCE

Answer:buffalo external hard drive showing wrong amount in properties???

Show hidden and system files click here
If there is a Recycle Bin Folder on the drive, go into it and Empty or manually delete contents.

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Just a generic question...
Does anyone know if the Buffalo WLA2-G54C is compatible with non Buffalo wireless routers? I have a Dlink router (don't know the model off the top of my head) with various brands of client adaptors. I've heard good things about the WLA2-G54C for the repeater function.
I ask this because of this statement on their website:
Repeater/Bridge function of the WLA2-G54C is supported only with Buffalo bridges and routers. But, the device can communicate with other manufacturer's 802.11b and 802.11g client adapters either in bridge/repeat mode or as a stand alone access point.
Does this mean that it simply won't work with other brand routers or that they just won't support it. I would think the latter but was curious if anyone had any experience with it.

Answer:Solved: Buffalo WLA2-G54C compatible with non Buffalo router?

Eh, never mind. I just went ahead and bought a D-Link DWL-G710 Wireless 802.11g 54 Mbps Range Extender.


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I recently bought a BUFFALO  External  USB  DVD  RW ;  I am unable to use it with my COMPAQ  MINI  110-1100 DX LAPTOP  Product  Number : VM146UA#ABA . My mini Laptop does not have an inbuilt DVD RW. Will  somebody please guide about as to how to use this External DVD to install any software CD on to my Laptop ? Also, how to see & listen to a DVD using this DVD RW ? Can I use this DVD RW with my Desk-Top PC also ? Please guide in details and help me. Many thanks in advance. 

Answer:BUFFALO External USB DVD RW

What is the model of your Buffalo DVD-RW drive? Your laptop should automatically detect the drive when you plug it in via USB. Your drive will definitely work with your desktop, too.In the rare case that drivers need to be installed for your DVD drive, you would want to go to the official Buffalo site to download them.

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My external is 2 500g hard drives and is preset for FAT32

I want to be able to put files bigger than 4gs on it, so I have to change it to NTFS, right?

The wall I run into is . . . I will be buying a Macbook Pro in a few weeks and I want to be able to use the HD between the two. From what I read it looks like I could do that with FAT32, but not with NTFS.

I want to know the best thing to do so I don't have to reformat my drive later and have this all be a toilet flush.

I really want to prepare for my mac.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:New external HD Buffalo 1TB

I found out I have to use a 3-party program, anyone have any exp with any?

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Hi allfamily member purchased one of these and proceeded to install it without reading any documentation. 2 basic questions I need help with:1. Theyre running XP pro but chose the FAT32 option to format the drive during install. Main PC is NTFS. Will this causae any problems?2. Assuming the answer to q1 is no - the drive has install files, log files, and folders all over the place on it. Once installed and back up is running is it safe to either tidy these files into one folder and leave them on the external drive, or take them off the drive to increase space, and keep them on main PC?Hope that all makes sense.ThanksSi67

Answer:Buffalo External Hardrive

what is FAT32click here

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This one is really bugging me because I have checked everything, and I cannot fathom out what is causing the disconnection apart from, either is a MB issue or driver issue...?

Whenever, I turn on my computer and Windows loads it will not load the USB External HDD which has been set to AUTO so it will load when Windows loads. I have tried manual switch but this does not work either. The HDD is a combo HDD with Firewire and USB 2.x although, if I use Firewire instead its fine...?

What is happening is that Device Manager in disabling the device for some reason, and the only way in which I can get Device Manager to recognise the "EXT HDD" is to search for new hardware and then it works...?

The only thing that I found to be a little odd was there is no set power showing for the USB Mass Storage Device 0 mA I know it is the right port location because it is the same number.

Any ideas why this has started to do this...? Any suggestion would be deeply appreciated.

There is something I forgot to mention and that is the battery needs replacing. I have never had a battery die on me on a motherboard ever. The only conclusion I can think for the reason why the battery has been drained in the ROC Logo on the MB I used to leave on and I think it drained the motherboard battery. If the power is terminated, example the PSU is turned off then I have to reset the BIOS. Although, I don't think this is related but I thought I would mention it.

Answer:Buffalo External USB 2.x HDD keep disconnecting

It wouldn't hurt to pick up and install a new battery.

You should also take a look and try to find the USB drivers for your motherboard (or just the motherboard drivers), as it sounds like it isn't recognizing it properly. Also make sure that Legacy USB support is enabled in BIOS.


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I can somehow "see" it in my computer but cant recall what does! appear in my laptop but just cant see it at "my computer" place for me to double click it and go inside..access the content in it..

my friends Vista and XP hav NO PROBLEM at all to get access into this BUFFALO MINISTATION external HDD..

please help me..

Answer:cannot go into BUFFALO External HDD(window 7)..

Could you please post a screenshot of your problem?

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I recently purchased a Buffalo 2tb usb3 external drive and a icy box usb3 pci card. (See 'New usb3 pci card not mounting usb3 external drive' in this forum for more details.)However, after installing the card in my pcie x1 slot it will let me read everything I put in it which is usb2. But it will not let me mount anything that is usb3.In small print on the Buffalo Manaul which I downloaded from their site, it states:'* A USB3.0 interface manufactured by Buffalo is required to use this drive at SS mode specified by USB 3.0 standard (logical transfer speed 5.0Gbps).'Surely they can't expect us to buy the Buffalo usb3 pci just to get this drive to work! Am sure lots of other people will go for a cheaper pci card that does the same job too.Also, I don't really want to purchase the Buffalo pci card and have the same trouble again as I did already.

Answer:Does Buffalo usb3 drive need Buffalo usb3 pci card

As far as I know Windows 7 doesn't support USB 3 yet. Support will be added at a later date, probably incorporated in a Service Pack.

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I bought a brandnew Buffalo 3TB external HDD Drive station (USB 3.0) (HD-LB3.0TU3-EU)
and wanted to make a second backup of my files which are on another Western Digital 3TB USB 3.0 external harddrive.

So i plugged both in and both were recognized without problem. Then i began to copy the files from the WD to the Buffalo harddrive (both attached via usb 3.0) and it just copied 1 folder and told me that the original file location is not anymore existing and stopped copying.
And somehow my WD drive was not showing up anymore.(but still my buffalo drive)
The WD even did not show up in the disc management setup!
So i decided to reboot and before i did it i removed the buffalo drive via the "safely remove hardware and eject media" button(Right at the startup corner right bottom of the screen).
Instantly after hitting this button the buffalo drive began to make a horrible repeating scratching noise, like trying to park or move the hdd heads continuously). I waited 30 secs then i pushed the shoot down button, nothing after 2 mins waiting for the shutdown of windows i pushed the reset button and reentered win8

Fortunately my wd drive with my files was recognized but not the buffalo drive anymore
At the disk management setup it gives me the initialise disk where i can choose between MBR and GUID but with both options it gives me an I/O drive error
I see it as an offline HDD and cannot do anything with it not even remove it.
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Answer:Windows 8 destroyed my Buffalo 3GB external HDD

I don't understand how Windows 8 could "destroy" a hard drive. It sounds like a hardware failure to me. Return the drive to your vendor.

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Hello. I've had the above drive for about a year & a half. It worked fine (on Win XP Home) up until a few days ago, when I connected it to my new laptop (Win 7).
On connecting, a warning message came up saying that Windows had detected disk errors - did I want to scan it? I said Yes, it completed the scan (no errors), but I couldn't access any of the files in Windows Explorer. I Safely Removed USB Hardware and tried again, but said No to the error scan ("Are you sure, some files may be corrupted?"). On continuing, I could see all my files.
I then selected Windows Scandisk, and once the scan completed the HDD was very slow to select. It didn't show any of my files again, and showed the following error messages whenever I tried to access it:
Local Disk (E)
You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it.
Do you want to format it?
Error checking
The disk check could not be performed because the disk is not formatted.
The disk check could not be performed because Windows can't access the disk.
Would you like to format the disk?
Location is not available
E:\ is not accessible.
The volume does not contain a recognised file system.
Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.
I have tried it on all 4 USB2/3 ports, and my other Buffalo external HDDs work fine.
The HDD appears as 'Buffalo HD-PETU2 USB Device' in:
Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers
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Answer:Buffalo HD-PET640U2/R-EU external HDD not recognised

Test Disk will recover FAT and files see here

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Buffalo HD-PET640U2/R-EU

Hello. I've been having problems with the above drive (similar to this previous thread). I've had the drive for about a year & a half. It worked fine (on Win XP Home) up until a few days ago, when I connected it to my new laptop (Win 7).

On connecting, a warning message came up saying that Windows had detected disk errors - did I want to scan it? I said Yes, it completed the scan (no errors), but I couldn't access any of the files in Windows Explorer. I Safely Removed USB Hardware and tried again, but said No to the error scan ("Are you sure, some files may be corrupted?"). On continuing, I could see all my files.

I then selected Windows Scandisk, and once the scan completed the HDD was very slow to select. It didn't show any of my files again, and showed the following error messages whenever I tried to access it:

Local Disk (E)
You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it.
Do you want to format it?

Error checking
The disk check could not be performed because the disk is not formatted.
The disk check could not be performed because Windows can't access the disk.
Would you like to format the disk?

Location is not available
E:\\ is not accessible.
The volume does not contain a recognised file system.
Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.

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Answer:Buffalo HD-PET640U2/R-EU external HDD not recognised


Do NOT format it - that will result in you losing your files.

Use the Partition Wizard partition recovery software to try and recover the partition to another disk.


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My ext HDD Buffalo 500Gb became RAW file system. can't even reformat again to NTFS.or to FAT32, the drive has my name before. now i can see LOCAL DRIVE E:, and when i click to properties, i can see, used space 0 bytes, and free space 0 bytes.
i tried several ways, even on command prompt, convert E: /fs:ntfs. still i can't, and on disk management, i even apply mark partition as active and then format it, and it take 5-6 hours and at the end falure.

can some one help me, i really need for my school project, and i cannot efford to buy again.


Answer:My 500GB Buffalo external HDD became RAW file system

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Good day everyone.

I have 500gb Buffalo HD and the problem is that when I plug it in my laptop it makes a clicking noise then after a while the noise stop. And also it does not appear in Computer,it was only appearing in the control panel. I tried disk management and other software to retrieve and solve this but it doesnt work. Can I still recover my file without going to retrieval company? can I still save my hard disk and use it again? thanks

Answer:Buffalo external hard disk problem

Doesn't sound like it. Sounds like you are hosed. Suppose you could try the freezer trick, although I've never seen it work.

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I have a 500GB Buffalo external hard drive that I use for music, pictures and misc backed up documents. The problem is, I seem to be missing a few GB's.

The HD shows:
173 GB of music
2 GB of pictures
5 GB of documents
180 total should be listed....

.... but instead it tells me that 446 GB are being used and the HD is nearly full! For the life of me, I can't figure where all this "extra stuff" is located. Why would my HD be saying it's so full, but I can't find anything else on it?

I did a disk cleanup on the HD, then I did a Windows defrag on it... and it still shows 446 GB being used in total.

Any ideas?

Answer:Buffalo 500GB External HD -- missing space?

You could backup all the stuff do your desktop and reformat it but that would take some time copying over 180gb of date.

Format will remove all data on that drive.

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Hi,I have an external USB Buffalo hard disk attached to my Lenovo E73 W7 Pro PC.If i boot with it connected then the PC won't boot through to Windows until i disconnect the Buffalo.I have been into the Bios and set the boot order to not only styart with the HD but also ignore USB and CD ROM.Interestingly before i changed the Bios it would stop the boot and when i disconnected the Buffalo i would get the option to go the bios; now that i have changed the bios although it still doesn't boot through to Windows, when i disconnect the Buffalo the Windows spalsh screen appears immediately. So..My thoughts are that the bios change has been a good thing and now there is a Windows option that needs to be changed to make it boot to Windows ignoring the Buffalo until it has started. Has anyone any advice please? Cheers,Simon  

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I have a Buffalo 120 GB external Hard Disk that i connect to my HP Compaq Pressario M2000. It has been with me since 2 yrs. It was always fine, except for not being recognised a few months came back all by itself. So i was fine. I have a lot of data in it which is very important. So please give me any option other than formatting it.

When i rightclick on my My Computer and go to Manage > Disk Management and it shows me my Drive as F: 111.78 GB Healthy (Active).
But it does not display the name that i have given it (Rockin Ram) and when i try opening it, it says " F: is not acessible " The file drive is corrupted and unreadable ".

I have an internet connection with unlimited download, so please let me know if i need to download some software or install anything to repair it. I will do it, but please help me with this issue.
I believe you coz my previous problem was solved by you people !

Answer:My Buffalo 120 GB External Hard Disk recognised, but not responding!

The drive could have failed. Try to plug it into another pc if you have another one.

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It works on Win 7 Pro Laptop and was working perfectly well on Won 10 until 2 days ago!
I have carried out the Device Manager uninstall if the portable devices and re-started my computer but this does not overcome the issue!
Any help on how I can resolve this problem?

Answer:Windows 10 does not recognise my Buffalo Ministation30 External HDrive

Sorry I overlooked the fact that it is recognised as a Device but it does not allow me to open it up!

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I purchased one of these to replace a non-working internal one on my Acer Laptop.

Does anyone know where I can get a Manual.

In Particular I want to know how to play a CD which already contains normal photographs.

The Buffalo has lots of menu options connected with burning a CD/DVD but the word "Play" does not seem to be in its vocabulary!

Answer:Buffalo CD/DVD drive

If it's not a video CD, but a data CD then typically you just load the video file(s) in a player. Or if you have a player associated with video file types, just double click on a video file after opening the drive in Explorer.

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icon fr the external drive (G) is lost while for other more external drives is happened after i installed a software n created a virtual ddrive on my computer and then unstalled

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I've got a relatively new 1tb Buffalo drive connected to a Laptop. Its been working fine, but now Windows 7 wants to format it.
On connecting the USB cable the disk spins up OK, but then the Win message comes up saying it wants to format the disk.
I'm far less keen on reformating the disk than Microsoft are . . because there's data on the disk that I want to keep.

Any thoughts would be most welcome

Answer:Buffalo 1tb USB drive not recognized

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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Question: Buffalo Hard Drive

I recently bought a 250gb Buffalo external hard drivebut my computer will not recognise it. I installed it as instructed but it doesn't show up in my computer. I use XP. My old computer recognises it and everything works ok (also XP) Any ideas? Thanks in anticipation

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Hi can someone help please? I have a buffalo external hard drive that is recognised in system and say's drivers are working. but every time i go to access it windows freezes up,

i unplug it and windows returns to normal,

anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Buffalo Externad Hard Drive

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Hi there i've had the buffalo dvd multi drive (model dvsm-pn58u2vb)for a year now and use it to watch dvds on my samsung n130 netbook, ive never had a problem before watching dvds, but when i try to watch a dvd now in windows media it says"windows media player cannot play this dvd because there is a problem with digital copy protection between your dvd drive, decoder, and video card. Try installing an updated driver for your video card"Please help?? I dont know why its all of a sudden doing this, i havent done anything different??Thank you in advanceHaley

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This new external HDD's software has frozen on me. It was brand new yesterday and installed fine. Managed a first full backup of my laptop but now the Memeo software just won't let me click it although I can access the backed up files on the drive letter.I'm stumped. Anyone any idea what I can do?TIA

Answer:Buffalo Drive Station - 1 terabyte

Try re-installing the software over the top of the first install.

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I have just bought an Buffalo external mini station 500 gb hard drive with the intention of installing Ubantu on to it.Any way, to cut a long story short I have made a mess off it, I need to merge the three seperate partitions which I have created into one, then format the whole disc.
In other words a factory reset.

Thank you for any help

Answer:Problems with Buffalo hard drive

No problem, just delete all the partitions and make one large new one. If you are not sure how to do that, just ask.

Regards....Mike Connor

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I have a Buffalo ministation HD-PF500U2 500gb portable hard drive, and an ASUS laptop running Vista.

The problem is this: Whenever I plug my hard drive in, its light begins green, but turns yellow, and the computer makes absolutely no indication that it has recognised it. I went to device manager and saw a USB Mass Storage Device apparently recognised, but nothing in My Computer, and no way to access it. So I chose to 'uninstall' this Mass Storage Device on Device Manager (since Device Manager told me it was still plugged in, even when it wasn't) and then plugged my hard drive back in. I got the 'installing device driver software' message, and was told it was all fine, but the light went yellow again, and still no way to access the files.

I've tried microsofts MATS program for devices, and that tells me that some hardware changes have not been recognised, but that it has fixed the problem. It tells me this every time I run it.

Any advice?

Thanks all,


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Dear all,Yesterday,I bought a Buffalo 500GB exteranl HDD for backup of some important school project files, but for the first time I connected it to my PC,it automatically created a virtual drive for me.The External HDD was assigned an I Letter, andthe additional virtual drive it automatically created was assigned a J letter.Since the external drive was used by me and not other users will access it,I really don't need its built-in encryption function.But matter what I do, the virtual drive just happens to exist in my PC wheneverI connect the Buffalo external HDD to my PC.The virtual drive is also annoying,but what I am concerned about is that I am not sure if the virtual drive may cause damage to the files that have been backed up in the external HDD.Do you know how to remove it?I would really appreciate if you could help.Thank youKitty

Answer:how to remove Buffalo's vitual drive

1) Why is the virtual drive annoying?2) No, it cannot "cause damage to" files already backed up - or anything else3) The external drive should not be connected when you are not using it, so I really don't see with the issue is4) The virtual drive has to be created by some software that is loading when the external drive is connected. If it really bothers you that much, identify the software and stop it from running.

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Hi all I have a buffalo NAS 500 network drive, The disk to all intents and purposes seems to have failed. Insde is a standard 3.5 inch sata drive, I was considering putting in a 1TB or 1.5TB Sata Drive to replace it, does anyone know if this is possible ad if the firmware was stored on the old HDD or whether it is actualy saved onto the other harware within the case, thus making the replacement alot more easier. Many thanks


Answer:Buffalo NAS Network Drive with failed HDD

The firmware is in a FLASH, any standard SATA drive should work. Note, depending on the vintage of the unit, there may be a maximum limit. I'd check on the Buffalo site for the latest firmware and see if they state what size drive it supports.

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Just bought a Buffalo drive station (external hard drive)and am unable to partition it using Partition Magic. It was as usual formatted to FAT32 but I used the inbuilt software that came with the drive to format to NTFS, but prior to that there was software that gave Turboboost(?) that I installed. When looking at the disc information it displayed for the Buffalo drive as being "Type 07" as opposed to NTFS and I am unable to create a another partition on it.Any thoughts? As yet I have not contacted Buffalo about it.

Answer:Buffalo Drive station problem - partitioning

Problem now solved. Just formatted it in NTFS from within Windows.

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Posted this a few days ago in another forum and got zero response. Hoping someone here has some useful information.

I have (had) a 2TB Buffalo NAS drive LS-X2.0TL. Came back from a couple weeks away to find it inaccesible. Decided to try updating the firmware via their online support. Tech was able to help me get it visible enough to start the firmware update process, but it hung up while doing that (apparently it takes a couple resets of the drive and it never came back after one of those). So call them back and now the tech says that happens sometimes and if it can not be seen it is a lost cause. Would have been nice to tell me after they got it mounted enough to start the firmware update that it was a risky procedure, maybe i would have been able to recover some data.

Anyway, they would not support me taking the drive out of the case so now I am on my own. Thought perhaps the problem was in the NAS controller and maybe would be able to see the drive if mounted SATA directly but no luck.

So my first question is - how are these things set up? Is the drive formatted normally on the other side of the NAS controller, so if the drive is working properly and you pull it off the controller and connect it directly would that normally work, or is there likely some other format for the NAS controller that would not be perceived by the SATA controller directly, cause if it is then I might still be able to see the data if the problem is the controller and not the drive.

And if the... Read more

Answer:Buffalo NAS Internal Drive Format question

Buffalo NAS-Central Forums > Cannot browse my LS-X2.0TL

Buffalo @ NAS-Central > Wiki > EM_Mode

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hi guys,

just copied +- 40GB of data on my windows server 2008 r2 with 8 gb of ram to a usb 2 buffalo drive
it took 40 min+- with an average transfer of 19,8MB/second

is this slow? i have disabled cache writing on the buffalo to help speed things up but to me it still seems slow
another site said it should copy this in about 18min

what else could possibly be wrong...should i get faster speeds?
any info appreciated

Answer:is this transfer slow for a usb2 buffalo drive?

Possibly. But it also depends upon the data type. For example, a few large files will transfer much faster than 1000's of small files.

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Hi I am running Vista Home Premium and I have got a Buffalo Ext,H/Drive.They have a support site but I sent them a strong complaint and they no longer talk to me.There is a download on the site for making the drive compatible with Vista.Has anyone any knowledge about the proceedure for the order of download? When to plug in the drive and what to actualy load etc It is running but its pure basics.I want formatting,convert to NTFS etc,and to load the free backup program.Regards,Sam Gee.

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ive recently bought a cx500u2 buffalo external hard drive but when i connect it to my pc running vista it goes non responding when i go into my computer or into disk management. i tried it on my laptop running xp and it works fine im at the end of my tether with this plz help

Answer:vista wont show my buffalo ext hard drive

Just in case it is a discontinued product, follow the link in this thread
to find a driver, if needed.

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Hi Techguys

I get the BSOD with the Bad_Pool_Header error message when I connect a newly purchased external Buffalo 750GB Hard Drive to my PC. I have a HP Pavilion 3.4Mhz Pentium D Dual Core with 2048Mb RAM running Windows XP Home Edition SP3. The Drive worked fine until a couple of weeks in and still works fine in Windows Professional on the same machine and with a backup machine running Windows XP Home with SP3. The drive is a Buffalo 750GB USB 2.0 Drivestation. I have no problem running other Buffalo drives on the PC. The BSOD happens no matter whether the USB is attached at startup or plugged in after.
I have a copy of the BSOD details if that would help. I have about 200GB of multi media files on the drive and I need to solve this problem and get access to it again.
Any help would be really appreciated

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I have a Buffalo router (WBR2-G54) which works perfectly. I have bad reception in my lounge so I bought a WLA-G54C repeater to link to the WBR to boost the signal. Both items shipped with the same ip address. I understand that I have to link the router to my pc with an ethernet cable and then link the repeater to the router to access the set up menu. Since both have the same ip address this could be a problem... How do I change the ip address on the repeater? I assume I connect it to the pc seperately first of all and go to LAN settings and change it manually before I connect it to the router. I just need a quick run through for reassurance. Thanks.

Answer:Solved: Buffalo WLa-G54c

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Hi guys,

I have a 500GB Buffalo NAS HDD. it works fine
and you create shared directories through the web based app.

the only problem i have is when i copy data from one dir to another it takes like 32min
to copy...and this doesnt make sense as it is on the same drive...(is this normal?)

there doesnt seem to be any web based data management (none i can see)
how can i get around this?


Answer:Solved: Copying around a buffalo NAS HDD

does this drive have a usb interface? if so, I'd try connecting it via usb and see if that you can use your o/s for your copying

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Greetings, I have Linkstation Buffalo, and I was going to delete a few gigs file from the network drive, but I am completely surprised that the free space shows the same. Is there something wrong with it? I want on another computer and it shows the same thing.


Answer:Solved: Delete the files Linkstation Buffalo

Could be drive corruption. I'm not sure what facilities exist for doing the equivalent of a CHKDSK on that unit, but that's where I'd start.

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Hi there,

From my out-of-work PC 800 Scaleo Fujitsu-Siemens (Motherboard/RIMM RAM issues) I have its 60GB HD connected as Drive G:\ via 3.5" External Drive Enclosure to laptop VAIO VGN-FS285M.

My question:

I) Is it possible to have the content of drive G:\ either downloaded\transferred into VAIO Drive D:\ (43GB) currently almost empty and operate this HD in a dual booting system with VAIO Drive C:\ or

II) leaving all the folders as they are as drive G:\ but being able to select this drive as alternative to drive c:\ ??

In other words, when booting VAIO before going straight into Windows XP I'd like to have the black screen offering me the OS selection.

I understand that switching from one OS into another without first logging out and in again could also be possible. In this case both OS's are Windows XP Home Edition+SP2 +all updates.

Any conclusive help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!

Answer:Solved: External Drive WXP onto VAIO drive D:\ as dual booting system or...

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I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.

After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.

I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.

How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?


Answer:Solved: Install Windows with External Dvd Drive - Hard drive not found?

It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers
so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive
OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem

OR you can TRY try this

Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility
Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I’ve seen this section called ‘On Chip Config’ on some Phoenix Award BIOS

On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it’s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
Save & Exit
Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS


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Hi all,
I recently bought a WD My Book Essential Edition external hard drive and wanted to change it from FAT32 to NTFS. I was following instructions given on WDs website, however the directions weren't entirely clear (of course only noticed after the fact). I right clicked on My Computer, clicked manage and used Disk Manager. The instructions said to find the drive, right click on it and click delete partition. It didn't mention however, to do that with bottom part of the screen and not the top. So, I think I just deleted the logical drive.

It shows up on the device manager and the "Safely Remove Hardware" window, but the drive letter no longer shows up under My Computer.

Is there a way to fix this? Or did I just buy a $120 paper weight?



Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive - Deleting partition, but accidently deleted logical drive

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Hi. My external hard-drive stopped working yesterday. This is what's happening:

I plug it in as usual, then it says "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".
I'm thinking it's more than likely an issue of having pulled out the usb cable without clicking 'safely remove'.

Yesterday I actually got it working again briefly by typing "chkdsk F: /R" into command prompt. Now when I do that it doesn't work, it says "The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted." And when I double click on F: drive in my computer it says "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable".

Are there any other options besides using some sort of data recovery tool (I'd rather not do this just because it takes a long time)?

Answer:Solved: External hard-drive:...format the disk in drive F: before you can use it.

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hi guys. the external hard drive, here at work, cannot be detected by any of the computers. my thoughts are that the data was wiped clean. i've removed the hard drive from the case and installed it onto my computer as a slave drive. a) how can i view if these files still exist. and b) if they are missing, can you recommend a software recovery program?

Answer:Solved: external hard drive/slave drive recovery

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I have an old BYTECC hard drive enclosure. Trying to use it on an older XP system for back up. Got a bunch of 40G hard drives I can use.

The OS will detect the external drive is connected and powered up, arrow shows in the tray for a USB drive, checked the device manager and it sezs the drive is there and operating properly, recognizes it, but does not assign a drive letter.

AIDA32 sezs it is there but same deal shows no drive letter.

I've tried four different hard drives with the same results. I know the hardware works on other computers, this particular computer USB works with other canned external drives, it reads a flash memory stick as a drive no problem. I know the BYTECC is set up properly, should be the same as with other computers. Works ok on a Win2000 system.

What could be the problem? Is there something to tweak?
I do know this XP system would not read hard drives that had been formatted on non-XP computers before. Don't exactly know what systems all these drives were formatted on. Isn't making any sense to me at the moment. Doing it just like I did on the Win2000 system with other drives, everything worked as it should.

Thinking I could try to slap one of the drives in as a slave and try to format it that way, hopefully can get it to be read as a USB drive instead.

Any help greatly appreciated.


Answer:Solved: External hard drive not assigned a drive letter

If the drive shows up in Disk Management (Start/Run/diskmgmt.msc/OK), right-click the drive icon or the area showing the drive below, select "Change drive letter and paths". In the next window click "Add". Next window click the radio button for "Assign the following drive letter". Select a drive letter. Click OK.


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Hi, I needed to make some changes to my NAS so i went to the web browser manager and tried logging in. Nothing seemed to work. Now I searched around and found out how to reset the password, but I couldnt verify if that would cause data losage. Would it?
The NAS is a buffalo link station.

Answer:Solved: Buffalo Link Station Password Problems

You should not lose any data, the only things that will be reset are the Administrator password and the Default IP address.

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I want to get an external hard drive/dvd burner combo if there is such a thing. To make this question as simple as possible...I need a hard drive that my camera can be plugged into with the firewire. I also need the hard drive that is able to plug in to the USB2 slot on my computer, because
my new Dell doesn't seem to tolerate a firewire card which I installed and then took out and returned to the store. It froze my computer and I tried everything to stabilize it but had no luck. It did work long enough to download 10 min. or so of video and I burned that onto a cd. Thats when I found out I had a dvd-rom not a dvd burner......long story I know. Sorry. I just want to figure out the most economical way now to save my movies and burn them to dvd also using either another external dvd burner or maybe there is a hard drive/dvd burner combo?? Or should I just get two separate externals?
Again: I need the hard drive/burner to plug into my computer with usb2.
Then the firewire from the camera would go into the hard drive/burner to download the movies.

Answer:Solved: External Hard drive OR External Hard drive/dvd-rw combo?

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I cant figure this drives have simply disappeared from my computer suddenly.
The last time I took it to Geek Squad got made fun of then they fixed it and said iTunes messed it up. Well I would like how to fix it myself or attempt to before my pride has to take another blow

Answer:Solved: Disc Drive and External Drive AWOL

What drives do you have in/on this machine and are ALL of your drives not listed including the C drive?

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I have a HP Pavillion laptop computer. I needed to replace my hard drive, the salesman at the store said I could buy an external hard drive and remove it from the case and use it as an internal. I did that. Now I get NTLDR is missing. I ordered recovery discs from HP but nothing happens when I try to use them. HP said I need to format the new hard drive but I don't know how. Can someone help a beginner?

Answer:Solved: how to format an external drive to be an internal drive

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I have an extra 40GB Seagate HD sitting in a bottom desk drawer in bubble wrap that I'd like to put to use in an external 2.0 USB case which I'm about to order. I presently have two 40 GB internal drives with jumper settings at "cable select." First, is it possible to operate more than two HD's on a system(Windows XP Home) and second, if so, I assume the jumper settings would be: Drive 0 Master, Drive 1 Slave and the USB drive Slave. Thanks for any guidance.

Answer:Solved: usb external hard drive as third drive?

It's no problem to connect as many drives as you can afford. Just jumper the drive as master and stick it in the external enclosure. Master/slave relevant when connection to an IDE controller with multiple IDE devices, external cases are always masters.

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Hey guys

I bought a Toshiba external Multi drive to use in my laptop (since the original internal drive stopped working).

The Toshiba multi drive is plug and play, but when I connect it, the laptop doesn't recognize it!.

When I go to My Computer, the drive doesn't show up at all. But when I go to Device Manager, the drive appears, but with a yellow triangular sign, with an exclamation point in the middle (sorry, I don't know how to explain any better).

Please help... I have no ideas and I'm starting to freak out

Answer:Solved: External drive help...please!

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I pulled a perfectly working DVD drive from a broken laptop and I recently got a ultrabook without a dvd drive. I was wondering, is there a possible way to mod the old one in order to make it external so I can plug it in my ultrabook and use it as a normal DVD drive?

The dvd drive model is a Panasonic UJ-852

If possible, what do i need to do?

Answer:Solved: External DVD drive

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Not Sure if this is the right place for this but here goes, i'm trying to do something that might be impossible. a friend of mine had an old External Sony USB CD-RW,which he decided to change to an internal, when we did this he gave me the casing from the external, no comes my question. i am trying to use that casing for an external HDD. Windows Xp Sp1 finds it but when it installs it says the drive is unable to start. on a side not the external drive does have its on power. is there a way to make this work? or am i going to just have to buy an enclosure.

Thanks In Advance for any help,


Answer:Solved: External Drive Help

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Can I add an external drive to my system and will it speed my system up?
New computer in December I was in a hurry and went to wal-mart and got an Acer brand Dual ram and all the works 3Gb memory, 320GB sata hard drive it seems to be ok for a quick fix as I needed one as our computer walked out the door along with my wife !!
seems to be slow some days then the next time I use it I am happy with it and it opens up programs in no time ................. I know there are trial programs on here I will not ever use like games


Answer:Solved: external drive

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Trying to transfer information. Have a toshiba laptop. Need to take the info off the old drive and get it onto the new drive that was just purchases. New drive took a while so the information was transfered to a larger external drive. This was done with a second laptop. Took the old drive and put it into an external case. Hooked both drives up and just moved the inforamtion. All went ok.
When the new drive came in, I put it into the exteral case that the old drive was in. Plugged it into the same laptop to move the info onto it and it did not read it as a hard drive like it had read the old one and like it was reading the other drive. I did find it in the device manager listed under drives but it said it was a USB bridge. I can't figure out how to open it to put the inforamtion onto it.
I have two other laptop drives at home that I tried as well. Neither worked either. I tired the old Toshiba one again and it showed up. I tired them all on different computeres, running XP and Windows 7, all with the same outcome.

Answer:Solved: Not seeing External Drive

Did you use Disk Management to partition and format the new drive? I assume the new drive is blank.

Disk Management:

Also, you have this marked as Solved, did you already resolve this or did you accidently mark it as Solved.

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Ok. I got everything all hooked up to back up all my documents, music, pictures, etc etc etc. I think it copied everything to the external drive. Now what? Do I leave this thing hooked up to my computer?

It's a Western Digital My Book 500 GB.

Answer:Solved: Got the External Drive, Now What?

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I plugged my external portable drive ( 160 GB ) to back up my computer. The computer finds the hwd and states it is ready
for use. But when I go into my computer to show the different drives, it is not there. Puzzled and need some help.
OS XP Home SP 3.



Answer:Solved: External Drive

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Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite click mini not reconising external hard drive or external DVD drive

Originally Posted by rachel.nickells

Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Is it usb powered? If so does the hard drive spin up? Are there any clicking noises from the drive?

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I have a Seagate external FreeAgent drive when I plug in the device I get the error message

One of the USB devices attatched to this computer has malfunctioned and Windows does not recognize it
In My Computer the drive comes up but says it has 0 bytes of free space and 0 bytes of used space...

I checked in Device Manager and it says the device is working properly.

Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: external drive unrecognized

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When my external usb hd is connected and turned on my pc will not boot.
Any suggestions.

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive.

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i'm frustrated !!

i went through the process of making a "sector by sector disc clone" of my "C drive" with my Easeus backup program. i read all the information they had for this process before i started. which there wasn't much of by the way...

now after doing this, my external "I drive" has been re-located / re-assigned to "location 0". now i have to get into my disc management to be able to see the drive. i can't tell if my clone attempt even worked

what did i do wrong ??

what can i do to get my external drive re-set back to my "I drive"

i did format the "I drive" before making the clone. i don't know if it was needed though ?????

again, any help will be greatly appreciated !!


Answer:Solved: lost my external drive ??

Can you assign a drive letter to it in Disk Management and have you also tried giving it a name.

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I have had an external hard drive connected to my computer for years, when initially installed, I cordoned it into two sections so my wife and I could each use half for photos, graphics, etc. so there should be a "J" drive and an "L" drive listed on "My Computer". Today, I noticed that it wasn't responding. I checked the drive and realized one of the two cables had been disconnected. I reconnected the cables and restarted my computer but I still don't see the hard drives when I open up "My Computer". Any ideas on how to get them back?

I'm running XP Home Version on an eMachine with a Pentium 4 processor.

Thank you!

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive

How was the external drive connected? Which cable was loose? If you go to the control panel, administrative tools, computer management, disk management, do you see the drive listed? Can you see the drive in your BIOS?

You might try shutting the computer down, disconnecting the drive, booting into windows, shutting the computer down again, reconnecting the drive, and then seeing if windows detects it?

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Hello I Have Just Bought A 2.5 Laptop Harddrive Placed It Into A Caddy & Connected It To My Laptop Advent ert 2250.
That Laptop Bleeps A Green Tick Appears In The Bottom Right Of The Task Bar.Then Bleeps Again Then The Tick Goes I Have Not Had The Drive Working On The Advent.
I Tryed The Drive On My Daughters Laptop & It Works Fine
I Have Tryed The Drive On My Desktop Pc Advent 3.6 P4 Running On Xp Pro It Wont Work On It AsWell
Any Ideas???????

Answer:[SOLVED] 2.5 External Drive Problem

Not sure how old they are, but perhaps your computers' USB ports aren't USB 2, and therefore are unable to power the hard drive?

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Hi, I have an Acer Netbook with no disk drive. I've been advised to get an external back up drive thingie (new to home pc's so forgive me!) to back up files etc. I'm from the UK and wonder if anyone has any advice on buying one. I think you can get one for around 40+. I don't need large space as I can't download anything onto disks.

Thanks in advance for any advice

Answer:Solved: External hard drive

Something like this would do....and always get bigger than you need as space disappears ...this is a 320 Gb but you can get bigger

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Ok so I had a problem with my Hard drive, which resolved itself in away, it wouldnt be recognised after formatting, so I'm thinking it doesn't have "Plug N play" though Im not quite familiar with what plug and play is, Could anyone help??

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive AGAIN.

Problem solved - Faulty USB Cable

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Hello, this is my first post, this looks like a good forum.

Anyhow I will try to be brief but complete. For yrs now I've backed up one of my old XP machines to an external USB Iomega USB 2.0 drive. I'm runnning XP Pro Sp3 and using Genie Backup 8.0 during this time.

Now I buy a new backup drive (cause the old one is ... well old ) and it's also an Iomega but 2 things bout it are different. One it came with this preloaded encryption crap that mounts a Virtual CD right out of the shute. I tried to get rid of that but no success. And two this drive is USB 3.0 but it said 2.0 and 1.x compatible.

Anyhow I can write and read to the drive with a file handler with no problems. But when I try to run a backup with the same backup App I've been using for years (Genie 8.0) it crashes everytime about 4 mins into the backup.

So I tried the EaseUS backup app, it crashed too. Simply cannot do a backup to this drive. I've contacted both the backup app and Iomega support and they both have no idea what the problem is. I kinda think it has something to do with (1) this Virtual CD encryption or (2) maybe my USB drivers cannot work with the USB 3.0 drive even though it's suppose to be backwards compatible.

So I can send the drive back, but was just wondering what the cause of this might be ? Appreciate any input or comment.

Answer:[SOLVED] Usb 3.0 external drive issue

USB 3.0 drives are backwards compatible with 2.0 and 1.1 USB. To take advantage of the 3.0 speed you would need a USB 3.0 controller. If you are unhappy with the virtual CD software that the drive provides, go to Start/Run and type appwiz.cpl and press enter. In the Add Remove Programs, uninstall any Iomega software and restart. With the drive plugged in, Backup all data off of your 3.0 drive. Go to Start/Run and type diskmgmt.msc and press enter. In the Disk Management window, highlight the 3.0 drives partition and choose Format/ NTFS. This will erase all data on the drive, including the pre packaged software on the drive. Once the drive is formatted, your backup software should work and the virtual CD software should be gone since you uninstalled it.

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I need to buy an external hard drive and was looking at Seagate ST305004FDA1E1-RK FreeAgent Desktop 500 GB USB External Hard Drive.
I have read some reviews that make me wonder if I should reconsider and buy something else.

Can any one recommend a good reliable (reasonably priced) one?
Nothing too difficult to install and run.
In addition to XP, I must be able to install it on computer running WINME (my main reason for getting one).


Answer:Solved: What external hard drive?

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win xp
unable to find external hard drive in my computer. It was working last time it was connected. when turning on drive bell sound from computer signifying drive connected but its not listed. any help appreciated. thanks

Found answer on site thanks.

Answer:Solved: external hard drive

Welcome to the TSG forums...

Any chance you'd post the link that helped you, so we could all see it?

OK, so you got this nailed down without any help from here... NOW, you can log in again, then use the "Thread Tools" option (near the top of the page) to mark this thread as "SOLVED"... logically, you MUST be logged in to access the Thread Tools...

Excellent news that you solved your own problem... Good luck...

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I just bought an Iomega 500GB external hard drive which comes with a USB cable that has two connections for data and power, a Firewire 400 cable and a Firewire 800 cable for Mac. I managed to finally get it formatted in Windows using the USB cable, but when I hook it up via firewire 400 it is not recognized. My Firewire ports I need external power or something?

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive

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In this case, it is a laptop's harddrive in a usb caddy.
I plug it into the usb socket of this VAIO computer with Windows XP Home Edition.
The computer knows that a 'usb mass storage device' had been plugged in, and I have the option to 'Safely Remove Hardware'.
Question is, where is the option to access this drive?
I don't see it in My Computer.
I'm sure this disk caddy didn't come with any installation cd.

thank you!

Answer:Solved: It knows there is an external drive, but I can't access it!

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I have an ASUS CG5270, Win 7.
My external HD has an Esata/USB connection, but there are no Esata ports on my computer.
Is there a card I can get, and is the extra speed worth it?

Answer:Solved: Esata external Drive

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I have a WD external drive that I cannot format. I can see the properties and it shows the 2.5 TB as totally filled!
It was NOT filled, only about 30% was used when problems began.
I don't know what occurred, but no backups were able to be run.
I tried using Western Digitals Format which appeared to be running but at the end it said that
the format failed. I can view the WD files that came with it, but can't see any of the backups that are on the drive.
ALSO, very shows the drive as e: but says its a DVD device?
I had problems with another WD 1.5 TB drive and had to replace it with a new 3 TB Seagate. That was a week ago, now
this drive (on my wife's laptop) has gone too.
I afraid I'll have to purchase another $160 drive. This is getting expensive.
I tried d/l SWISS KNIFE but couldn't get it to run.
My wife's Toshiba laptop is running Win/7 and I'm still on XP/Pro. on my Toshiba Laptop.
Is there a way to force a FAT32 format on that external drive?

Answer:Solved: Can't Format 2.5 TB WD external drive

Firstly, FAT32 can only be used on drives which are 2TB and under. If you somehow got a program to 'successfully' format either of those drives at FAT32 you are being given incorrect information. The FAT32 file system just can't handle that large of a drive.

Have you tried formatting it with the WD tool from another computer?

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I realize there are a few different forums this question can go in, so if this is the wrong one I apologize.

Anyway, I've had an external hard drive as long as I've had my laptop (3+ years) and it's always shown up as Local Disk (F:). Recently, I got a Blackberry and when I connected it to the computer, it showed up as Blackberry (F:) and my hard drive has been changed to Local Disk (G:). At first I didn't care, but then I realized that this messes with a lot of path names. For example, none of my music will play in Winamp now. Is there a way to switch my external hard drive back to (F:)?

Answer:[SOLVED] External hard drive help

Go to Start/Run and type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter. In the Disk Management window Right click your Blackberry and choose Change Drive Letter and Path. Choose a drive letter that is not being used like S: or whatever. Now do the same for your External Hard Drive but make it drive F:

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Anybody have a site address where I can purchase an external hard drive? I only need room for 60g. By the way, what is a Fire Wire?

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I have installed one of the new Seagate 500gb 7200rpm 2.5" drives in an external USB enclosure. I formatted it and it showed up fine. I took a 320gb 7200 rpm drive out of that enclosure to use it till I get my new one and that drive also worked fine.

Now a day later the drive spins up, lights come on, it shows in the remove hardware safely icon, it shows as a healthy formatted basic disk in the disk management window, it shows in the device manager as a usb device, but it will not show up in the explorer windows so I can access it.

I am running windows Vista sp2. Since the 320gb drive worked with this machine and enclosure, why is this one giving me grief? It does not matter if I plug it in before or after I boot, if I use one or 2 usb power cables.

What am I doing wrong???

Answer:Solved: External drive not recognized

Well, I got no reply here (unusual), but I never stopped hunting for an answer and finally answered my own question.

Somehow, even though I assigned it a drive letter already, when I formatted it, it no longer had a drive letter!

I went to disk management, right clicked on the drive and assigned it a drive letter and Viola, it now shows in explorer/my computer. So if any of you have the same problem this is the solution that worked in my situation.

I found this on an old thread here

and here is what it said:
(Credit to grinch2171)

Try these steps:

1. Right click My Computer and select Manage
2. Click on Disk Management

In the right hand window you should see all of your drives with their drive letter. Assuming you have one internal drive and one CD/DVD drive you should see


If you see another drive listed but without a drive letter do the following:

1. Right click the drive and select Change Drive Letter and Paths
2. Click the Change button.
3. Select a Drive letter and click OK.

Now check My Computer for the drive.

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You folks have always been very helpful to me in the past. Can you please tell me if my assumptions are correct. I want to add one (or more) external esata drives. I am looking at external drives because after each backup, I want to be able to put them in a safe for "safekeeping" (please excuse the pun). My assumptions:

1) the external drive will be as fast as an internal sata drive.

2) I only have one external esata port, but I should be able to find a splitter cable so that I can hook up two external drives.

3) an esata drive will offer considerably faster backup than the USB 2.0 drives I am now using.

4) I have seen data that in the real world a USB 3.0 drive is only somewhat faster (maybe 15 or 20 percent) than a USB 2.0 drive. True or false?

Finally, if anyone has a recommendation about a good 1TB external esata drive I would love to hear it.

Thank you very much


Answer:Solved: External eSATA drive

In order;

1. Yes, generally.
2. Do not believe so. Sata is one drive to one connector. What you can do is get a Esata bracket that will connect directly form a SATA port (or 2) and privides an external connection, but it will use an internal one to do so.
3. Hell, yes. USB is a snail against SATA.
4. Have not tried a USB 3 drive yet, but have th eports. The theoretical throughput is much higher, and therefore should be faster, but I believe it requires USB hardware to fully utilise it.

As far as drives go, I find very little difference between makes. The disk inside is the important bit, and the eSATA connection is the important bit. Have a lok at a eSATA bare box to put a drive in- may be cheaper.

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I have a Maxtor N256 40Gb hard drive that formated in my desktop using NTFS with Windows XP SP2. The drive was working fine as a slave drive in my desktop. I then put the hard drive in a new NX2 Nexxtech hard drive enclosure. (My mom wants to use it as an external drive for her photos.) When I first plugged it into my Dell Vostro 1500 (Windows XP SP2) using USB it found new hardware, and then said something about it may not be working properly. The drive is not showing in My Computer or Device Manager. I have tried rebooting, disconnecting and reconnecting the external drive, took the drive back out and made sure the jumper was set to master, made sure all the connections are good, rechecked my USB ports (they work with a flash drive and with another external drive I have), and plugged the external drive into my desktop (it did the same thing...went through the found new hardware, followed by the message that it may not be working properly, and could not be found in My Computer or Device Manager). Now when I plug it in to my laptop I get the connect and disconnect sound over and over, even between the connect and disconnect sounds it isn't found in My Computer or Device Manager, and the disconnect icon in the taskbar never shows up. Anyone have any ideas what my problem is?

Answer:Solved: External Drive Not Found

It sounds like its a faulty USB device, in other words, I would suspect the USB controller/bridge PCB in the external is not working as it should. Try a different cable if you can but otherwise you may need to replace or at least try a different external enclosure.

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Hello, I am trying to connect my WD external hard drive to my new Inspiron 1420 that has Vista but I cant figure out how to open it. I went to my computer and WD as I did on windows xp but none of the files I click on will actually open to the WD program so i can manage my files and upload them onto the new computer. Really a Vista novice here...

Answer:Solved: External hard drive

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Hi guys
Just wondering if it possible to format an external drive with an OS installed on it via usb? Normally I would hook it up to a pc and use a startup disc to clean it ready to use in an external inclosure
Thanks for any help

Answer:Solved: format an external drive

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