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Buffalo External Hard drive problem-Help please!

Question: Buffalo External Hard drive problem-Help please!

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.

and

F:\DriveNavi.exe
Only part of a ReadProcessMemory or WriteProcessMemory request was completed

and

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

AP3

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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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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 Play.com for 50. Any thoughts please - Tony

Answer:Buffalo External Hard Drive

To save me typing twice click here

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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.
 

Answer:Buffalo External Hard Drive

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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,

Davo
 

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

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

Moonshine.

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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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
thanks

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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 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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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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Hi....

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 ago....it 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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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 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,

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.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/advanced/ntfs.mspx
 

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

Answer:Solved: External Buffalo 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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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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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,

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,

Bob
 

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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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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
Northerner

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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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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Hello,
I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?
 

Answer:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.
 

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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 t3560.uk 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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hi
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

http://www.buffalotech.com/knowledgebase/users/kb.php?id=10064&category_id=7&sid2=

Just in case it is a discontinued product, follow the link in this thread
http://www.buffalotech.com/knowledgebase/users/kb.php?id=10153&category_id=7&sid2=
to find a driver, if needed.
 

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I have heard that enterprise hard drives are more reliable than the standard hard drives in retail or consumer computers. I want to get an external hard drive for extra storage and backup purposes. My desktop and notebooks are the typical computers that are sold to retail customers. Will there be any problems having it access and drive an enterprise hard drive in an external hard drive case? I am thinking to get a fairly large size around 1T so I figure it would have its own power supply and not be powered by the USB drive. Data access will probably be via USB and/or eSata.
 

Answer:enterprise hard drive as an extra external drive-any problem with this idea

I believe Enterprise drives are more performance based then reliability based. The mechanics are still the same. Usually an enterprise application requires a fast drive, something like a 16MB cache and 15k RPMs is the norm, even if the drive is only 150GB, put those in RAID and you have a very fast access source for a large network.

There of course are slower, and larger backup drives, and tape backups as well... but again I can't imagine that they are any more reliable, if the two drives are comarable in other regards. SATA is Still SATA, though Fibre and SAS might be more reliable than SATA or PATA.
 

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i'm using windows 7, my external hard drive shows up in my devices and printers section but it won't show up as a drive, so i can't view any files in that external hard drive. if i put a memory card in, it shows up as a drive and a flag shows up for when i want to unplug that drive and it asks if i want to remove my external hard drive too.

normally when i turn on the external hard drive it autoplays but it doesn't do that anymore.

i don't understand why it shows up in my devices and printers but not as a drive when i open windows explorer.

i've looked into the external hard drives properties and it all says that the device is working properly.

Answer:problem with external hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Go into Control Panel (classic view) ---> Administrative Tools ---> Computer Management ---> Disk Management.

In bottom-right pane, if you see a horizontal band representing a drive with no drive-letter assigned to it, that's the cause of your problem. You need to give it a drive-letter:

Right-click that horizontal band and choose "Change drive letter and paths".

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I have read the related thread from earlier this month (370606 - External USB Hard Drive Not Recognized) and wonder if anyone can help with my issue.

I am also curious what everyone thinks of the end of that thread regarding a better cable - Maxtor tech. support did not confirm that story for me? Is that in fact a better cable than what Maxtor ships with their drives?

I have a 1 month old Dell, 4 month old external hard drive, and 8 month old flash memory. All work separately. However, when I have the external hard drive plugged in and working, and then plug in the flash memory it will not be recognized. If I have the flash memory plugged in and working, and then plug in the external hard drive it will not be recognized. The only difference is that in the first case the external hard drive will continue to be readable by XP, while in the second case XP doesn't lose touch with the flash memory but it will show it (incorrectly) as empty.

Both externals and all ports are USB 2.0.

The flash drive is assigned to E. The external had been assigned to E as well, but I have now changed it to P. I am on a network so F through O are taken.

The PC is a standard university issue (Pentium 4, quite a bit of memory and capabilities, but nothing excessive).

The external drive is a Maxtor Personal Series 3100 80Gb USB 1.1/2.0.

The flash memory is a 64 Mb. Dell Memory Key.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive and Flash Drive Recognition Problem

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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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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?

Thanks!
Sonya

Answer:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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Alright im having a problem with an external Maxtor hard drive 7200 rpms its used for my laptop so i use a Firewire 6 pin to 4 pin cable. The model of the hard drive is Personal Storage 3000DV. It doesn't show up anywhere and its beginning to bug me. Yes it is plugged in, yes i have tried different cables. It just all of a sudden didn't show up one day and I don't wanna lose 50 gigs of stuff i have on it =( I would be thankful for any help. o yeah i tried it on my step dad's laptop it saw it but couldn't do anything with it and its not my part cuz other hard drives work perfectly with the same cable
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem

Thats the error I get when I try to get info im running XP Home
 

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Hello All,

I have a western digital external hard drive (passport) 120GB, recently i format it and by accident i deleted the folder/files that comes originally with it.
After that it was working properly for a couple of weeks and then suddenly i can't see it anymore!
when i put the USB connection to the laptop or desktop it shows new hardware detected and i can safely remove after. If i go to device manager--->disk drives i can se "WD" but without other specification (usually it is "WD 160BEV External USB drive" for example.
I tried to populate the volume with no successed what i can do?
What i should do?
Please anyone can help?let me know as soon as possible.

AND thx for all the help in advance.

N.B: for any other info required let me know

Answer:WD external Hard drive problem

my dad had a 160gb hdd go like this too. we just took it out of the external enclosure and put it in my computer and got necessary files off and we use it as a internal hdd now.

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Hoping some one could shed some light on this (iomega couldn't).
I have an 120gb iomega external harddrive, I wanted to clean up my old computer by taking it back to factory settings so I disconnected my external harddrive and proceeded with the formatting.

When that was completed I plugged in the external hard drive - usually a little balloon would pop up and a poping sound saying new hardware found blah blah (XP). I'm getting the popping sound but not the balloons saying it's detected. When I go into safely remove hardware it is listed in there.

I can see the drive in disc management but there is no drive letter and it won't let me assign one (the options to do that when right mouse click over drive is not there only "help" is).

The actual external drive itself is humming along when i turn it on and starts up and sounds normal.

I took it and tried on another 2 computers and the same thing was happening. I don't understand how this would have happened as i did everything safely and being plug and play it should just work!!???

I had a few important pictures on the hard drive and all i really care about now is getting them off, to have the hard drive working again would be an added bonus.

Tried with firewire and usb
Model number DHD120-C

I'm pretty much a novice so any help would be fantastic - the drive is now out of warrenty.

Tiff

Answer:External hard drive problem

did you have sp1 or sp2 on your pc before or was it just the bare operating system?

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I already had a Simple Tech 250 GB external hard drive and I bought a Maxtor 300 GB to replace it. So I know I messed this up but here goes: I plugged both into my comp and just drop and dragged my files to the other drive. However, I didn't realize that the new drive would be named a different letter drive (that tells you how much I know), so consequently the new drive I am using is call F: and the old drive is call E: My itunes software and all my music, video etc were of course transferred to the new drive that is now called F: so I'm having a problem now with itunes and when I tried to re-install it I got the following message:

Error: -1603 Fatal error during installation.
Consult windows Installer Help (msi.chm) or MSDN for more information.

I don't want to lose my 40 some GB of music and video trying to fix this problem.

Can anyone help me? I am using Windows XP Home on a Compaq Presario 2800.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem

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Hi allI have an external hard drive which i have connected to my laptop nearly all the time. THe model is aSeagate FreeAgent Desktop 500GB 3.5" External Hard Disk DriveIt has worked fine for the past few months. Earlier today i was using with no problems. I then needed to move so disconnected the laptop and the external hard drive and mvoed. When i plugged it in, i had a weird sound come on rather than the usual sound when loading up the hard drive.The sound i can only describe is like a whurring sound which then clicks when it gets to its peak. after a few of these series i get a beeping noise whilst the hard drive is still whurring, this beeping noise happens about 10 times, then the whurring noise occurs for a long period of time. This process happens over and over again.If i have it connected to the laptop, i cannot reach the screen to log in to Windows Vista whereas if i do not have it plugged in the laptop conitinues to run fine. I loaded the laptop up without it plugged in and then tried putting it in once it had loaded. The noises still occurred and when looking in my computer it did not show that any drive was connected. I now have an external hard drive making a beeping noise and whizzing round but i am unsure what i can do. Any suggestions will be appreciated.MikeP.s When the whurring noise hits its peak the light on the external hard drive goes off, then reappears as the noise starts again

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem

From what you describe it sounds like there is a major fault with the drive, or, damaged power conection. Did you let the drive spindown before moving it?

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Hey guys,I'm hoping someone might be able to help me out here.I have an iomega 500gb hard-drive that won't open when I try to click on it. The laptop I'm using is an Acer travelmate with Windows xp.When I open my computer, the name of the hard-drive has changed but the letter is the same. When I right click on the hard drive it takes an age for the options to come up. Then I click on properties, to do an error check, but it doesn't seem to do it.It says the hard-drive is completely full (using the coloured circle diagram), which I know it's not.It lists used space as 0 bytesFree space 0 bytes.Anyone have an idea what it could be? Also, the C and D drives are almost full on the laptop, would that have something to do with it?I appreciate any help I can get as I'd really like to retrieve all the data on it.Thank you kindly.

Answer:External Hard-drive problem.

I forgot to mention that when I try access the hard drive through my computer, it asks me (after a long wait) if I want to format it. Obviously I click no.

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I have tried other forums but this one's aim is only computers so hopefully I will be able to get help from you guys ..

First of all I had windows vista which I changed to Windows XP, I never took out my external harddrive during this process so because of that I think I got a cyclic redundancy check error (crc) ..

I tried fixing that with chkdsk /r but the process takes too long for it to finish even though I only have x amount of gb now )less than 200 gb, I cleansed a whole lot because I have a TB hard drive..)
It looks for files which are located "\Recycled\Di89\...\..." which I have deleted BUT these files are still in the trash bin and I can't get rid of them from there .. I can not see them on my external hard drive but somehow parts of them are there in a recycled- kind of folder ..
 

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Hoping some one could shed some light on this (iomega couldn't).
I have an 120gb iomega external harddrive, I had some problems after installing SP2 on my computer so i decieded to take it back to factory settings so I disconnected my external hard drive and proceeded with the formatting.

When that was completed I plugged in the external hard drive - usually a little balloon would pop up and a poping sound saying new hardware found blah blah (XP). I'm getting the popping sound but not the balloons saying it's detected. When I go into safely remove hardware it is listed in there.

I can see the drive in disc management but there is no drive letter and it won't let me assign one (the options to do that when right mouse click over drive is not there only "help" is).

The actual external drive itself is humming along when i turn it on and starts up and sounds normal.

I took it and tried on another 2 computers and the same thing was happening. I don't understand how this would have happened as i did everything safely and being plug and play it should just work!!???

I had a few important pictures on the hard drive and all i really care about now is getting them off, to have the hard drive working again would be an added bonus.

Tried with firewire and usb
Model number DHD120-C

I'm pretty much a novice so any help would be fantastic - the drive is now out of warrenty.

Tiff
 

Answer:External hard drive problem

Well if it won't work on any PC I would say its dead.
On your PC the only thing I could suggest is making sure you have SP1.
 

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Hey, I'm new to the forums and I'm having difficulty with my Windows Vista x64 bit computer recognizing my external hard drive. I've had the computer for a year and its worked flawlessly, just recently, my C drive was full and i was trying to distribute some space into it (failed). During the reallocating of space, something happened to my E drive and the entire drive dissapeared. I rebooted and everything was back to normal, when I tried using my external hard drive however, it no longer worked...
 

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Hey guys,
I finally installed Windows 8 on my iMac and all works fine but...
I have an external hard drive (Hitachi Touro Desk Pro 3TB) and Windows can't recognize it. It's there but i can't open or read it. Sometimes it isn't listened in the explorer.
It works in Windows 7. I also have a laptop (Sony Vaio) with Windows 8 and it doesn't works there too.
Other external hard drives do.

Anyone knows how I can solve this problem?

Answer:Problem with external Hard Drive

I have the same issue, albeit with a custom PC, with the Hitachi Touro Desk Pro 3TB as well. It seems to me like a Win 8 driver issue, rather than a BIOS issue. I've only gotten the disk to show up once in Disk Management, but it wouldn't initialize properly. I didn't choose to initialize it, because it would wipe 2TBs of data Other than that, it does show up in Device Manager under Disk Drives, and the driver says up-to-date. It also usually shows up if you click "Safely remove hardware" in systray.

What I did last night was connect it to my netbook with Win XP, and ran full disk check, selecting all repair options. I now have it connected back to Win 8, have diskpart open, and ran "rescan". So far the rescan has not completed, and it's been about 10 minutes. Not sure what the real issue is, but will keep trying to solve and post any solution here.

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Hi

I have an external Hard Drive 30GB. It used to work fine but now when I plug it in the light turns on and Windows says it has foun new hardware but it may not work properly. The Hard Drive is not listed in My Computer or Device Manager. I have tried it on other computers but it does the same. I have also tried it with a different USB but still no luck. Does anyone know how I can fix this? I can't find any drivers on the net as XP is meant to install them itself except it is not doing it on this. Thanks.

Answer:External hard Drive Problem

I am having the same problem. Would anyone be willing to say something on this problem?

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Hi Guys

My electricity went off the other day and ever since my external harddrive keeps beeping oddly and isn't recognized by my computer. Any ideas as has all my music and photos on it?
 

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I bought an external HDD of 1 TB few months ago, it worked just fine until two weeks ago, now my lap top asks me to format it again or sometimes when I try again to connect it with the lap top it shows me that drive E is empty and I moved in it all may 200 movies!, don't want to lose them. HELP PLease!!

Answer:External hard drive problem

Originally Posted by matahari


I bought an external HDD of 1 TB few months ago, it worked just fine until two weeks ago, now my lap top asks me to format it again or sometimes when I try again to connect it with the lap top it shows me that drive E is empty and I moved in it all may 200 movies!, don't want to lose them. HELP PLease!!



Ack, I had the same problem with a 1TB WD External less than a month ago, turned out to be a faulty HD , unlike you however and my heart goes out to you, I had everything backed up on another external, and also my internal drives.

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I have a Seagate Freeagent 250 GB hard drive that I have in an external casing. When I plug it into my laptop, it recognizes that something is plugged in but nothing else shows up. I unmapped a mapped drive so that isn't the problem. I have Windows Vista and when I plug it into a Mac, it works. Can anyone help me?
 

Answer:External Hard Drive problem

You might want to try refer to these links
>> See USB Device Problems? Check for Windows Updates
>> See Troubleshoot: Windows Won't Recognize Your USB Hard Drive
>> See How to use the DriveCleanupTool
>> See How to Check Hardware / Connection Issues with your USB Device

And please let us know if you have further question/need additional help
 

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I'm having a problem with a Western Digital external harddrive model #wd25001032. It uses its own power supply and is connected by USB.

I've had it for a few years and never had a problem with it. I haven't used it in a long time and I tried to hook it up to a vista prem vista pack 1 machine. The following things occur:

1. At first the computer doesnt detect it. The harddrive light comes on but no action on the computer.

2. I'll try and go into my computer and see if it shows the icon. It has a good hunk of data on it. The icon does not come up no matter what I do. Then out of nowhere my "my computer" folder will stop responding.

3. I've tried to increase and decrease the priority and nothing. Although as soon as I unplug the usb from the computer. The windows starts responding instantly.

4. I've did some basic computer checking like disabling the firewall, repairing the registry, and trying different usb ports out of desperation. I went into computer management and then storage but when the device is plugged up It goes to not responding.

Before I give up and take the data as a loss. Can anyone think of a way to resolve this?
 

Answer:External hard drive problem

Hmm... hard to say just what the problem is based on those symptoms... Here's a collection of links that may help shed light on the issue. Post again after following some / have any more results / have a question.

In particular when you troubleshooting: Windows not recognizing your USB drive be sure to note if a USB Mass Storage and/or a disk driver is appearing in Device Manager, per instructions you'll find in the post

See USB Device Problems? Check for Windows Updates
See How to Check Hardware / Connection Issues with your USB Device
See How to Reinstall Your USB Controllers and Motherboard Chipset Drivers
See Troubleshoot: Windows Won't Recognize Your USB Hard Drive
See How to Fix a Drive Letter that Doesn't Appear
See How to use the DriveCleanupTool
See How to boot from a G-Parted-Live-CD

 

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hello everyone, i need help. i am having a problem in joining 3 drivers in to one drive in my external hard disk drive.i got it 2 years ago from a computer shop and i requested them to help me to break my 80GB external hard disk drive SATA into 3 drives with averagely 25GB each. now the shop had already closed and i dont know who to seek for helping me to delete the other two drives and make it one drive for 80GB as i already ask alot of other computering shops for help but the replied me that they don't fix it. could anyone kindly help me through it?thanks.

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I was using my external hard drive when my laptop's battery died. I disconnected my usb external hard drive and left my laptop alone. When I opened my laptop again and plugged my external hard drive, it cannot be detected anymore! I tried plugging it on another person's laptop and it's still not showing up. I didn't drop it or anything and it still lights up. I didn't have any back up of the files in my external hard drive.

Please help me!

my hardrive's model is: Toshiba 60GB External USB 2.0 PocketSize 5400RPM Hard Drive
 

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Hey everyone,
Please help me here. I bought a Buffalo Ministation 120GB Portable Hard Drive a week ago, and it installed fine on my PC. Windows XP was able to read it and could use it without problems. I copied important data, some movies, to it as a backup. Everything was fine UNTIL I made a stupid move.

I used Diskeeper on my external hard drive, and defragged it, in hopes of increasing performance. It was done successfully. However, when today I opened my PC, windows ChkDsk popped up, and started fixing my H drive (ext hdd). There were many messages like file record segment (XXXX) unreadable etc. It kept stuck that way for a long time, so I restarted my PC, and ChkDsk was skipped.

My PC opened up as usual, and when I went to 'My Computer' to see my external hard drive, there was a MAJOR PROBLEM. The moment I clicked, My Computer became unresponsive, and computer performed sluggishly, not loading many programs like Firefox. The moment I disconnected the hard drive, all the pending programs opened up and the PC was normal. I spent half an hour doing this to try to sort things out, but to no avail.

So I decided to restart my PC with the HDD connected. The problem was, my PC didn't boot up for a long time, until I disconnected the HDD, and it fully booted up instantly.

It was time to connect online for help. After hours of research, I got many tips, and I tried them all out, with results below:
Run ChkDsk on the drive - When I tried to do this, it wasn'... Read more

Answer:Serious problem with external hard drive. Please help!

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I have an SEAGATE 80gb hard drive its showing not accesible i want to run chkdsk on it i tried it by right clicking... but no windows appear th i tried in dos mode Typed CMD in run thn chkdsk F:/f but gives error it is NTFS file system unable to determine volume version and state.This has happend 2nd time in a week the first time chkdsk worked not it is not i dont wanna formant my hard drive i will loose my valuable data.Help me plzz
 

Answer:External hard drive problem

How does it appear in the logical drive manager ? Right click my Computer and Manage, Disk Management.
 

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Hi all,
I have a problem with my external hard drive. It is a 1 tearibyte drive.
I had it connected to my laptop when I was trying to create a boot sequence for Windows. I wanted to create the boot to a flash drive and accidentally selected the external hard drive.
At first the program started a format sequence on my external hard drive and when I realised my error (after about a minute) I disconnected my external hard drive in the hope I could prevent any loss of information.
My external hard drive is now not recognised when I plug it in to any of my computers.
Please could someone advise how I could fix this - I know the data on my external hard drive is still there I just can't access it.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem

Did you previously submit this issue under a different user name?

I'm pretty sure I read about it in another thread.

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I've never used an external USB hard drive, so someone else will need to address your issue.

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Hello guys!

I'm new in the forums and I already checked the other similar threads but they're very old and they didn't answer my problem.

I have an external hrad drive that i've been using for a while. and at some point it asked me to put a password when I created a new file in it. I didn't pay attention and I actually wrote a password. And since then the hard drive doesn't work in any other computer (I tried a lot of laptops and desktops) and even in my computer the data became full of errors.

Does anyone know I can remove that password thing and get back my data safe.

Thanks a lot
 

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I m new to this forum so i hope i m posting in the right place otherwise plz inform me where to go.


I have Western digital 250 GB external that i have all my data (pictures,movies,music....) on --- in fact i have only 4 GB of free space!!!
The problem starts when i can't see "My music" folder although i m not sure i didn't delete accidentally and i didn't notice any extra free space due to this disappear of the the folder!
so i tried to unplug and plug again several time and on another system too BUTTTT what happened after that a main folder ( in fact i have 2 main folders under the root folder only and inside of them for sure several folders)--- so a main folder appear but without an icon of folder so if i double click it will ask me which program u want to use to open this!!! and its size is now like 32KB!! although inside there is more than 180GB!! and the hard drive is still showing only 4 GB free!!

SO what's wrong? someone can tell me what to do? i really want my data back! i have no backup of it? can i still rescue my data? by the way the other main folder under the root still working normal i can go inside browse other folders...

So PLZ any serious suggestions?can i still back up it?

Waiting ur help, yhx in advance

Answer:External Hard drive problem

Is it one of those 2.5" passport drives? Are you powering it from a laptop?

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hi i'm using xp-pro and when i hook up my external hard drive which is a maxtor 6y120lo xp says it finds it installes drivers then it says its installed but will not work properly and want me to remove it what is my next move help please
 

Answer:Usb External Hard Drive Problem

Have you partitioned and formatted that drive yet ? ?
If not Windows will not recognise it.
You can use the Maxtor utilities that shipped with the drive.

patio. B)
 

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I have a maxtor 250 gb hard drive that does not spin. I took it out of the case and put in a 40 gb and it works. Is there anything i can do to make the 250 work again????
 

Answer:external hard drive problem

One Shot remedies include
freezing the drive in freezer (put in zip lock bag)
giving the drive a sharp knock

If after trying the above the drive spins, dont waste any time and just get your data off it.
 

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ok bought an external hardrive there its 40gb i can transfer small files over ok, so im trying to move a few larger files over movies etc that are over 4gb and i get this error when i try click hereno it says theres a 4gb file limit on fat32 if i change that to ntfs will that let me send it over if so how do i do it

Answer:external hard drive problem

yes it will , click hereyou dont need to reformat and your files will be safe , however id back up first.

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So I have a 200G Maxtor external drive that was working fine. I plugged it in to my brothers comp to upload some files from the computer to the hard drive. It was working fine there after but a couple days later after only using it once on my laptop it started up with this nonsense:

1 I plug it in, Autoplay search comes up scanning the drive.
2 It shows up in My Computer and registers as a drive
3 At this point I attempt to open something and it says the file/drive has been corrupted and is unreadable
4 Shortly thereafter it disappears from the My Computer screen and no longer registers as a drive, however, it still registers as a piece of hardware attached to the computer.
Plugging it in and taking it out of the computer both register the audible windows warning that a new piece of hardware has been attached/removed....
Any ideas?
Virus scans on both the PC and Laptop return negative.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem

The external drive is actually two pieces of hardware.

One is the case enclosed USB interface to the drive, this is what registers as being connected.

The second is the drive itself.

My guess is either the drive is partially unplugged inside the case, or that the drive itself is dead.

They are a standard PC hard drive inside the case, connected by a USB interface module.
 

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Not sure if this is the correct forum but I'll start here. Have an HP Pavillion running Vista Home Premium with a 500 G WD Mybook External USB drive. I have it set for an automatic backup at midnight every night using Vista's backup feature, which works well. The problem I'm having is that several times during the day when I'm working at the computer, the external drive starts running, it slows my computer down to a crawl, for 10 seconds or so, then it stops and computer returns to normal.
Any ideas what's going on ? Not a big issue, mostly an annoyance.
Thanks in advance.
 

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I recently purchased a 120 GB external Seagate Hard drive for my windows xp. As soon as i plugged it in, windows found drivers and it shows up in Device Manager. It doesn't however appear in Disk Management or My computer so I haven't been able to partition or format. Is there a reason why it would do this?
 

Answer:Big External Hard Drive Problem

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When using a USB external hard drive on my old computer with Windows XP, I could delete and add videos with no problems, and then simply defragment that drive from time to time. Now with my new computer and Windows 7, I am finding that when using the same USB external hard drive to delete and add videos, I am having problems. I remove unwanted files by "moving" them to a folder on my new computer and then when I attempt to copy a new video from my computer, it won't transfer even though there is plenty of storage space on the USB external hard drive. I have found that if I run the error-checking program on that external hard drive, then I am able to transfer files, but that seems very time consuming. Anyone have a solution as to why the external hard drive is acting like it is full when actually there is plenty of space??? The external drive is formatted as NTFS.

Thanks,
Flicka

Answer:USB External Hard Drive Problem

Did you run a chkdsk to see whether there are any bad sectors?

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I'm running Vista Home Premium with a WD5000 external USB Hard Drive. I formatted the external drive rebooted, and now the drive is not recognized in either Computer or disk management. It shows up in WD's Lifeguard Diagnostics tests that it works but does not show serial# or capacity. Should I junk this? I'm afraid to use it for backup. What to do?

Answer:USB external hard drive problem

I recommend you contact Western Digital Support at: WD - Service & Support Home by whatever means you prefer - phone is usually the best. Discuss the problem with them and see if they can assist you. You did not provide enough information about the make and model of the drive (there's a make name and the model is a MUCH longer code) for me to assist or research any further. If you do, I'll see what I can find, if anything. There are many possible causes - it is not compatible with Vista, it needs updated drivers or software, it is defective, - and it's also possible there's a hardware or software problem with the computer (but we don't have enough information to tell).

Do you have another computer (using Vista) you can test it on to see if it works? If not, it's probably the drive. If so, it's probably something about the computer. If you do this test and find it is the computer, post back.

I hope this helps.

Good luck!

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When I connect my 1TB Buffalo MiniStation to my PC, -it does not show up on 'My computer'. The 'safely remove device' option is there. The device is also visible in Disk Management. I googled around for some time and the most common solution offered by others was to assign a drive letter to the drive. I tried doing that and got an error(see attached image). I have refreshed and restarted it several times. Same result.

This has been happening since I formatted my internal C: drive. And no, the external hard drive does not require additional firmware. It works properly on my other 2 laptops(windows 7 & 8).

Help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:External Hard Drive problem

Have you tried a 3rd party partition manager tool? and made the drive ACTIVE?

Here's a free good one, as backup to the Win7 one: [It's what I use]

[email protected] Partition Manager Free Download - Create Partition

Just today gave me in use message on an external drive, I rebooted as some other program was trying to make use of it, probably my auto-defrag tool, then I was able to change the letter.

Try that and if it still won't, try it in safe mode.

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Hi, I am trying to back up my files using an external hard drive but I am having problems as it keeps stopping.

I am using Windows7 & integral (usb+Esata) hard drive, this isn't a new one as I was given it by a friend a while ago. I have used it on my desktop (WindowsXP), I can't remember though should I have a power lead in addition to the USB?

I have tried to search for driver update but can't find one.

Please can anyone help me as I can't backup onto DVD's anymore for some reason unknown! I possibly have too many files?

Thank you for any help
 

Answer:External Hard drive problem

It depends on the external drive, Can you provide the manufacturer and exact model number of the drive?
 

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I have Lenovo Y560. when i connect my philips SPE3051 500gb harddrive my laptop say it's unknown device. my harddrive can be used with other computers ( my dormmates' computers, my ex-laptop and my old computer). but i cant use my harddrive with my Y560. please help me.

Answer:external hard drive problem

Hi atilaykut,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Forums.
 
Could you try using it on a different USB port and see if it works.
 
//JameZ

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Hi guys,

My Maxtor hard drive has crashed on me yet once again, i have tried using Getmydata back but for some reason my computer wont register that the hard drive is there. It will make a noise when i connect it to the USB but thats all.

Is there anything i can do as all my personal stuff is on there.

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:external hard drive problem

The circuits in the drive case may have died. Remove the drive from the case and connect it to your PC with a USB adapter, or put it in the computer.
 

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I have been having an odd problem with external usb hard drives. Since upgrading to a new computer, my external usb hard drive no longer works properly. My new system is a pentium 4d 950 running on an asus p5nd2-sli. 1Gy ddr2 ram. running windows xp sp2. This issue is that I have a 160 Gb ultra ide hard drive that I put in a usb 2 external enclosure. But, everytime I try to transfer files over, it eventually slows to a crawl and ties the whole systme down. IT never finishes transfering. The whole desktop becomes unresponsive but if I turn off the external drive, the desktop immediately snaps back to life. I have exchanged the external enclusre and tried this with my original seagate 160Gb drive and a new maxtor 200Gb that I just bought, thiking it was the drive that was defective. Proper usb drivers for the motherboard are installed on the system already. Any idea how I can fix this?

Thanks for you help!
 

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I have same problem with the HD not being recognized. However I do not recieve an error message? Only an alert sound when the HD is plugged in and powered on (i'm assuming this is a connection failure alert). In reviewing your comments to this user, I don't understand what you mean by "either with the drive itself or the usb enclosure". What is usb enclosure? and how do I test it? Thank you.
 

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I have a WD external hard drive and I cannot access it. I used to be able to and have a lot of digital photos on it. When I try, the light on the front comes on and goes around like it is working, then goes solid and locks up my computer. If I pull the usb cord from my computer, my computer starts again and begins to work. How can I access the data. I sure don't want to loose the photos.
 

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I got a weird problem on my hard drive. I have a Trextor DataStation g.u. 1TB external hard drive. I have access to 2 computers one with vista and one with XP. On my vista computer when I try to transfer something into my External hard drive the transfer speed is somewhere from 0,5Mb/s to 5Mb/s. When I try to transfer a larger file it seems that my external falls asleep. I get the error message of CRC.
Then again on my XP the transfer speed is normal, around 30Mb/s but my hard drive still falls asleep when I try to transfer bigger files.
I have done the Disc defragement and the organizer.
I have also a portable 250GB Lacie external and it works fine with both computers and on all USB ports...
Help please!
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem

Go into your device manager, Right click on the USB root hub your device is connected to and select "Properties" and then "Power Management". See if unchecking the powersave box fixes your problem.
 

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My fiancee has an external hard drive from Fabrik, a SimpleDrive. Its a TB in size. He's using it on his Windows XP. However, yesterday it stopped working. Sortve. It works in that the light comes on when its plugged in and powered up, and it shows up in the device manager, but he cannot access it in My Computer.

I took it to see if I could get it to work on my computer. The same issue happens. It installed fine. Light comes on. Its in the Device Manager where it says its recognized and running properly, and also shows up in Devices and Printers, but it doesnt show up in My Computer.

Uninstalling and reinstalling from the Device Manager doesnt do anything.


After much googling, I found my way to the Disk Management. The disk is there in the bottom half, but its labeled as Disk 1 - unknown - not initialized.

Right clicking and clicking on Initialize Disk brings up a window with the options of a Master Boot Record or GUID Partition Table. Neither do anything. When I hit okay, all I get is "Incorrect Function".


The only info that google searchs tell me is to right click and change Drive Letter and Path. I cant do that.


I cannot find anything else via google, so I came here in hopes that someone could help. He has a LOT of important info on this drive so I cant just reformat it.

And yes, I contacted the company, but it may take until Tuesday before I hear anything from them.


Any suggestions, or should we just wait till the company gets back to us?

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem

It looks like the MFT (Master File Table) on your disk was damaged. The Test Disk program may be able to fix it from the mirror. Read the first link to get an understanding and then look at the second link for the program.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Advan...and_MFT_Repair

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

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I have an NexStar 3 2.5" external hard drive enclosure and am having
a problem. I have used this enclosure
successfully with a bunch of hard drives, however I am having a
problem with a Western Digital WD1200UE Drive (120 GB). The drive is
spec'ed to draw 940 mA max.
This drive was the primary drive in a laptop that stopped working
due to RAM problems. The drive was split into two partitions.

When I plug the drive into the computer (using two USB ports) the
computer finds the drive(s) okay, with the two partitions showing up
as E and F drives. The problem is that it shows no data on F drive
(which I know there is) and on E drive it only shows a few levels of
folders and files (the number of levels seems to vary each time I plug
the drive in). When I try to copy a file from the drive I get a
message that windows can't find the specified file.

What is going on and how can I fix it ?
 

Answer:External USB hard drive problem

The drive is spec'ed to draw 940 mA max.Click to expand...

Big draw for a 2.5" drive. As you are well aware usb ports (which work on 5v) can only provide 0.5a max each. In this case, connecting the WD drive using the additional usb power cable would be mandatory ie power cable first, then usb.

Questions:
1. Presumably, this WD drive has never been used in an external enclosure before.
2. Have you tested this arrangement using another usb port.
3. Are you plugging the external drive into a laptop or desktop usb port (laptop usb port may sometimes fall short of 0.5a)
4. Odd one now have you tried a different data cable ie the one that has a usb connector on one end and a mini usb on the other.
5. Have you tried plugging this into a powered usb hub.

I would take great care with this unit as it could conceivably damage your usb ports. As you are probably aware most 2.5" drives draw 0.5a.

Good Luck

PS: as an alternative route given the large amperage of this drive, I would be tempted to put this drive into a 3.5" external enclosure with a 3.5" to 2.5" adapter / converter (since most 3.5" external enclosures have their own external PS). I have never had need to resort to this method but have read many posts of people doing such to resolve detection issues with no ill effects.
 

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Hi everybody,

I'm having a real problem with my Western Digital 250gb external hard drive. in the past few days every time i attempt to access the files on the drive, the CPU of my computer shoots up to 100% and windows explorer's mem usage also shoots up, as a result my computer goes painfully slow. This problem does not occur when i connect the hard drive but rather when i attempt to access it's content, as soon as i disconnect the drive everything returns to normal. i have scanned the drive using AVG 7.1, Panda and Ad aware and found nothing, i have defragmented the drive and checked it for errors with out any success. the external hard drive still works and i can still access its content, its just that the whole thing is really really slow.

I would be so grateful if anyone has any ideas or suggestions as i use my computer for work and this is becoming a nightmare.

Thank You so much,

R.

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i have a 500 gb comstar ext hard drive on which i store movies. I can access and play them on my pc, but after a while it appears the connection starts to faila s the blue ligth on the ext hard drive starsts to flicker. This is more exaggerated if i try transferring an entire file to my pc...the connection loss occurs much more quickly. when i access device manager on my contrl panel.the storage drive is healthy

-any ideas as to cause
-do i slowwly one at a time move my mvies and then reformat
 

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I am running a SOny VAIO NV109 with an external hard drive that consists simply of a Hitachi deskstar 160gb in a box conected to the laptop via USB. Whilst running several programs this morning i was evidentally trying to get too much information down the usb 1 connection ( it supports usb 2 but i do not yet have that) . Windows showed several messages saying there was a delayed write error and that the data could be lost. The whole system slowed down and when i closed all the programs it then said it could not write to the external disk due to an i/o error. Rebooting my computer did not help, now the 2 partitions on the external disk do not show up in the "my computer" screen .

I am running xp

In the device manager there are no errors. It shows the drive as being plugged in and recognises it but will not give a size/space. I have tried various usb ports and uninstalled the drivers. They re-install immediately with no problem but it doesnt help.

Any thoughs would be appreciated , there was a lot of information on that disk!! I find it hard to believe that it isnt ther anymore but i cant get to it?!

Answer:External hard drive problem, HELP!??

I've come across this error a few times with an external hard drive on a USB connection. I haven't determined the exact cause but I do know that a cheap USB 2.0 controller was the culprit in one situation.

Try running Disk Manager under Computer Management. What does that tell you? You might be able to repair the damaged partition. Was the partition NTFS or FAT32?

-Joel

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Hi folks,
My pc crashed last night, looks like a failure to write to C drive, but I had an external hard drive connected (WD) and now I can't access the data on it from My Computer.
The hard drive is recognised, but when I click to access, I don't see any folders being displayed.
I've tried looking at the data via TreeSize programe and can see all the folders and data but wondered if there is something I can do to fix so that I can access data via normal route...e.g. My Computer.
Ian

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem

Try turning off your computer disconnecting the external drive, switch on the computer when it is fully booted plug in the external drive and let windows find the drive again. It has worked for me.

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I have a WD Passport 80 GB USB 2.0 external hard drive. I purchased it a few months ago and was using it with Windows XP without any problems. Recently I switched to Windows Vista, and that's when I started having trouble with it - many times when I try and transfer a file (regardless of the file size...I've tried everything from a single mp3 to a 2 gb video file), the transfer will just stop after a few seconds, and not do anything. It won't progress, though Windows Explorer hasn't stopped responding or anything like that. When I try to cancel, it also just sits there saying "Canceling", but never actually goes away. This only happens sometimes, other times the file transfer goes through without any problems.

So I tried formatting it (in NTFS using Windows' Format utility), but the same problem still happens. I re-connected it to my old Windows XP computer, and now when I try to transfer files onto it, it transfers part of the file (or the first few in a group of files), then provides a message saying the transfer had failed, and specifies "Could not find the sector requested".

Anyone have any idea what's gone wrong? Is the external drive damaged beyond repair? Or is there some problem with the connecting cable that's causing file transfers to occasionally fail?
 

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Hi i am having a lot of problems with my Pc not seeing any usb external hard drives acouple of weeks ago i had some problem with my existing usb drive an iomega caused by a program i was using having solved that i decided i would like a bigger external drive so i bought a Packard Bell Store and save but my pc would not see it so i thought iyt might be faulty so i went out and bought another one which was another Iomega and same again my computer couldnt see that drive.I Did some trouble shhoting trying other usb ports to no avail i have also tried both these drives on my laptop the Packard Bell works fine and can be seen the new iomega come up with the message invaild system disk please replace so i am thinking thst drive may be faulty and to baffle me my original iomega drive works fine so i am back to square one is this a driver realted problem or a hardware issue i am totally confused please help i am tearing what littele hair i have left out.

Answer:External USB Hard Drive problem

Have you looked in Disc Management. You do say it was not recognised,Was that in DOS BIOS or Windows?

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I store all our family backup photos on a separate Hard Drive and have begun to store videos. Since they take so much space, I purchased a Seagate 1TB External Hard Drive to store videos and also to store backup files.

I just noticed that I only have 273 GB of free space and have supposedly used 658 GB (total of 931, should it add up to 1000?)

Anyway, I checked the space used in the files stored and found this:

31 GB for videos
14 GB for HP Recovery
109 GB for OS Recovery.

There are a few other things on there, backup installer, etc., but none of them used much space, if any.

According to the space used when I checked each fil, I should have used less than 160 GB, not 658.

Any ideas out there?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Problem with External Hard Drive

There are several very good free utilities that can give you a bar chart, pie chart, & listings of what the byte-count is for your directories [of your data, pics, etc]. And then, you can drill down in the biggies and find out which specific files are big, BIG, and REAL BIG. Videos can eat up lots of space, just one example. Successive duplicates of data & pic files caused by backup utilities can eat up lots of space, another example.
 

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When i first bought my external hard drive, i got home... plugged it in, and wallah! The hard drive showed up, and everything was fine. I went and dragged all my movies and music onto the drive to clear up the space on my main hard drive. Today when i go to turn the computer on, the icon for my external hard drive is not there. When i go to check the device under USB controllers it shows up as USB Mass storage and says that the device is working properly. The icon does not show up however. What in the world is going on, can someone help me plz!
 

Answer:External hard drive problem!!

Can you navigate to the drive? Are your files/folders still there?
 

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Running XP on an new HP system and have had Maxtor 5000DV external hard drive hooked up for all audio stuff with drive letter L.Suddenly system decides to change drive letter to M.Manage to change it back to L thru dskmgmt(thanks P.C. Advisor tips),but now when I try My Computer to access the drive,click on drive and My Computer will not respond.In Media Player all the Audio stuff appears(is that data in the P.C.'S memory somwhere?)but will not play.Have checked out the error code info but can get no joy.The media player settings for copying has gone back to C(the default setting)If I try to change this thru the options settins the drive is not recognised.Sometimes a error message appears and says the drive is not formatted.I dont want to reformat because if my stuff is still on there reformating will wipe it off.In dskmgmt the info tells me the drive's capacity is 154 (its a 160 drive)but there is no format there (it was FAT 32)I have uninstalled the drive and the Dantz Retrospective and reinstalled them,downloaded signed drivers from Maxtor but still no good.If i disconnect the drive everything works fine.If I hook the drive back up Windows takes about a minute and a half to boot(could it be booting from this drive?)and it seems to be in conflict with everything.The amber light on the drive(for those with maxtor drives)is on for most of the time.Disconnect and all seems well.WMP9 is working fine with anything copied to C so I think the Media Player is O.K. Does anyone recog... Read more

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Hopefully I have this in the right forum...

The other day I was burning a data cd using files from my external hard drive. Its a Western Digital 160gb. I left my computer unattended for a little while and did not realize that my computer had froze. Call this very bad timing, then the power went off. The power came back on after 10 min. but I decided not to try again until the next day. I turned on the hard drive but it doesnt make the connected sound but it does turn on. When I turn it off...it makes the disconnect sound. Can Anyone help me out or did I lose all my data??

Also, I plugged the hard drive into my laptop and it was detected but said it did not work properly...

Thanks for any help

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem?

Could it be I need a driver? I'm running windows xp pro and this harddrive is plug and play.

anybody?

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i got 500GB external harddrive, why is it decrease its total capacity size from 500 to 465GB when i check its property, what cause for this instances which i also encounter with my usb flash drive and mp4, is it from the file deletion i make from my drive, how can i restore to thier original total capacity size, any remedy i can take to prevent this instances to happen. thanks
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem

Manufacturers have lied about the capacity of their drives for many years. They use a non-standard, unaccepted definition of a gigabyte. They say a gigabyte is 1,000,000,000 bytes when a gigabyte is actually 1,073,741,824 bytes.

Seagate was successfully sued in California last year for this and got off with a 'slap on the wrist'.

So, when you see an advertised size, divide that advertised size by 1.074 and you'll have its true size in gigabytes.

The difference you are seeing on your drive is because the manufacturer measures the size and misreports it. A gigabyte denotes a binary number; but, the manufacturers ignore that and use a simple math number and misapply a binary term. Windows, however, accurately reports the correct binary number which in your case is about 7.4% less.
 

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I've recently purchased an external hard drive. As per the instructions, as I am running XP, I don't need a driver.Problem being when I plug it in and go to my computer, it isn't showing up? Also, I am not getting a prompt telling me new hard ware found, only the icon to safely remove hardware.Any ideas?

Answer:External Hard drive problem

Did you connect via a USB connector and cable?Does the Icon to safely remove hardware show your new external hard drive?And of course, your external hard drive's power cable is connected and switched on, right?

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I have an external MyBook SATA 500 MB hard drive which worked for about a year, then quit on me. When it is USB connected to the computer and turned on, the computer senses it is there and gives me the 'your equpment is ready to use' note but before it can assign it a hard drive 'letter', the hard drive clicks three times, as if the pickup arm is sweeping over the disk array and pegging, then I can hear it turn the motor off. It just sits there. In case it had to do with power I removed the SATA drive and put it in a drive box, with the same results. I turn it on, the motor spins up, there are three clicks, then the motor goes off.

Any ideas?
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem

When drives start to act like that especially external hard drives, it's so annoying and the best option is to consider replacing the drive. Off late technology has grown so much that most of the products in the market are not worth it, only few does.
 

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hello!!! im new to these forums and i have an ok knowledge about computers.. im just having some problems with an external hard drive. i have a toshiba satellite notebook model # psaa8u.i bought a fujitsu 2.5" notebook SATA hard disk drive and i put it in a metal cartridge so that i could connect it to my computer via usb. i connected the hdd to my computer and windows said my new device was ready to use so i open up my computer and i only see my internal hard drive and not the external drive!!what am i doing wrong??!?!??!?!

Answer:external hard drive problem!!!!

I think you need to enable it in Bios.Not really my area of expertece but- usb/harddrive + not work = somthing in bios is disabled i think, i could be wrong.

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hi, can anyone help? I have a laptop hard drive whick i took out of my ps3. I brought a kit to turn it into an external hard drive. When i connect it to the pc, it installed fine and said it was ready for use,but doesn't show up onpc. I think its because it i had password on my ps3. Is there anyway i con find it and wipe it so i can use it without putting it back into ps3.
cheers
 

Answer:External hard drive problem

see if its listed in disk management, start>RIGHT click computer>manage>Disk Management (left hand side) if its there you should be able to right click it and choose format.....

good luck,
instructions are for vista
 

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Bios can not recognize my Iomega external hard drivewhat  is the best solution?

Answer:Problem in External hard drive

Can you provide more details please.
 
1) Is your external HDD detected when WIndows boots up completely?
2) Why do you want BIOS to detect your external HDD?
3) Which laptop is this?
 
You may need to switch on Boot from USB in BIOS, if you want to detect a USB device or similar option.

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I finally bit the bullet and bought a hard drive for backing up my system (P3, 733mg, XPSP1 home). It is a internal Western Digital 80g. I also got a USB enclosure for it so I can use it externally. I followed the enclosure directions and set the jumper on master. My computer would not even recognize the HD. I then set the jumper to single. This was recognized. I used the wizard that came with the HD to partition and format. It set at 1 partition and started formating. After 30 minutes of nothing happening, I stopped the program. I unplugged everything and started over. This time I specified custom setup and made 2 partitions of about 40g each. The computer restarted and the 2 partitions showed up in explorer as drive G and F. When I clicked on G, it said it was not formated and would I like to. I said yes. Again, after 30 minutes of apparantly nothing happening, I stopped the formating. According to Dell, the format should not take more than about 15 minutes.

Did I mess up the HD by stopping the process? I am exchanging it for a new one tonight on the way home from work, but I thought you guys could give me some tips on what I might be doing wrong and how to fix it.

I look forward to your sage advise!

Jeff
 

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I have just purchased an Icy Dock MB559US-1S ESATA/USB 2 enclosure and a 500 GB hard drive.The problem I have is this. If I go into My Computer the Icy Dock/hard drive is not shown, the main C drive is. But if I go into the device manager the Icy dock enclosure/hard drive are shown. I have also looked in the BIOS and the Icy Dock enclosure/hard drive are shown in there too.I clicked on scan for changes in the device manager but this did not help. Can anyone help me out please.

Answer:External hard drive problem

does it appear in disc management,try assigning a different letter to it.click hereis it set to master or slave?

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Hello guys!

I'm new in the forums and I already checked the other similar threads but they're very old and they didn't answer my problem.

I have an external hrad drive that i've been using for a while. and at some point it asked me to put a password when I created a new file in it. I didn't pay attention and I actually wrote a password. And since then the hard drive doesn't work in any other computer (I tried a lot of laptops and desktops) and even in my computer the data became full of errors.

Does anyone know I can remove that password thing and get back my data safe.

Thanks a lot
 

Answer:External hard drive problem

A bit more info would be good, type, size, make, ?
 

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I have an external hard drive and I plug it in and the computer recognizes it and it appears in My Computer as drive J, but when I try to save something to it I get the following error:






Quote:
J:/ Passwords 3.png
You do not have permission to save in this location
Contact the administrator to obtain permission
Would you like to save in the My Pictures folder instead?


I'm logged in as administrator and have never gotten this error message before help!

Edit: If I drag the file from the My Pictures folder to the J: drive it ask me to give administrator permission to copy it and I do and it copies it just fine.

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem

Well,
First you should be saving to the root of the J: drive.

haven't you setup folder to place your files in.

It could also be due to permission problems. if the first suggestion doesn't work, simply post back.

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