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Acomdata external harddrive is not recognize on vista

My external harddrive was recognize on windows xp and when I installed vista ultimate it does not recognize my external drive?

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  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2009

    it shows the drive under diskmanament and it shows the partitions. but it shows them as being blank and i know there not. it seems to me to be a registry problem with vista. i use a lot of differant ext hard drives. its like it ran out of drive letters or some thing. thanks ms

  • dumbitall Mar 12, 2009

    I purchased the Acomdata external combo hard drive with pushbutton manager and just loaded Vista today and now find that it works only with XP or earlier. Acomdata has moved and has new phone numbers. I sent a tech request but have not heard back yet.

  • Anonymous May 11, 2009

    vista sucks

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I had a similar issue with windows 2008 and windows 7. the drive lost all its info and had to be reinitialized under both of those O.S.'s..
You can try that as long as it doesn't have any data you need.. Once you do that the drive will work and you can start using it. The file system under vista and above is slightly different than xp.

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