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Windows 7 won't recognise buffalo hd-ce1.otu2

I used to run windows xp with my buffalo, now I have a new windows 7 pc and it does not recognise it. How do i resolve this ?

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  • Trevor Pegler Feb 14, 2012

    Every so often I see a message asking me to re-format the external storage device, which presumabley I do not want to do as I would loose a considerable amount of stored data.

  • Trevor Pegler Feb 16, 2012

    I have been through your recommendations, and when selecting computer devices and disk drives I see no yellow question marks, red x or exclamation marks.
    It sees the buffalo hdd usb device and I have right clicked and updated the latest driver, but I still do not seem to be able to access the drive.

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Feb 16, 2012

    if you have not got any yellow or red marks all drivers are up to date and it should be working properly

  • Trevor Pegler Feb 16, 2012

    Only have 'General' and 'hardware' tabs available when I rt click on Buffalo tab - no others.

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Feb 16, 2012

    TIP: here is an easy way to get all control panel items in one list
    in the bottom toolbar right click select toolbars then select desktop
    you will see a destop>> in your toolbar click on it then control panel all control panel items you will see a list of all control panel items

  • Trevor Pegler Feb 17, 2012

    I have now tried properties, volumes and populate, but there were no sign of any mb's or gb's. The pc did do something so I went back to add a device as suggested but still no joy.
    I have also been back to devices and printers and on selecting 'sata bridge' and asking it to browse files it says 'cannot access 'incorrect perameters'
    By the way the pc is a hp P6-2010 with I presume standard windows 7 home pro.

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Feb 17, 2012

    you can see your Buffalo hard drive but cant access it
    click start control panel system and security click on find and fix problems under
    hardware and sound configure a device next it will search for possible problems

  • Trevor Pegler Feb 19, 2012

    Thanks for coming back to me
    I found find and fix problems under the 'action centre'
    After initiating 'configure a device' it came back with 'troubleshooting has completed' and under problems found it said 'hardware changes might not have been detected' - detected
    It then prompted me to try the device again.
    I then went to devices and printers - browse files
    an it came back 'cannot access files corrupted and unreadable'
    So still no joy

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Feb 19, 2012

    since you still cant get access to your buffalo drive im not sure that the corrupted/unreadable files are the ones on this device
    you might need to install a usb 2 or 3 card they are cheap and almost install themselves if using a desktop with a spare slot you can get them on Ebay cheap or you might need firmware update

  • Trevor Pegler Feb 20, 2012

    Sorry Brian, I do not know what a usb2 or 3 card is or how it works.



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You might back up your data to another drive if possible

then format your buffalo drive then transfer it back

i have had similiar issues with xp and w7 using usb drives and have found that i have to designate certain usb drives to the computer running windows 7 and same running xp
if i try to use the one designated to windows 7 in my xp get this drive is not formatted do you want to format
although these drives are not buffalo just usb data drives but of large capacity 128GB
make sure the lead/s that attach to your hard drive are securely seated
if your computer came with a motherboard disc the drivers could be on it

click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or

if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver
hope this helps

click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or

if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver

sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable

just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,

check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems

if this fails to fix the problem
you might have to install a usb 2 or 3 card they are cheap and easy to install you can buy these on Ebay very cheap
hope this helps

Posted on Feb 15, 2012

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  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Feb 16, 2012

    right click on your buffalo usb drive select properties you should see an array of options general tools hardware sharing ready boost and customize
    under the sharing tab advanced sharing make sure you have share this folder ticked then permissions make sure all boxes are ticked to allow you full control
    also you might click on the customize tab then restore default
    in windows 7

  • Trevor Pegler Feb 16, 2012

    Only have 'General' and 'hardware' tabs in properties - no sharing, ready boost or customise.

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Feb 16, 2012

    that seems odd which version of 7 are you using home pro or ultimate
    right click on your buffalo select properties select the harware tab select your drive
    properties then volumes then populate
    you should see it populate to how many mb's gb's are used and available
    also you might
    click start control panel add a device and follow the prompts



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