My computer won't recognize my ComStar 320GB External Hard Drive
Please help...I have a very small amount of memory on my internal hard drive so i went out and purchased an external one. It is a ComStar Platinum USB 2.0 320GB External Hard Drive and I have been using it sucessfully, with no problems for a year, then just out of the blue my WHOLE system crashes and my screen goes black and my computer wouldn't restart. When I finally got my computer back up and running, my external hard drive doesn't even register...it's like it's not even there. Now i can't access ANY of the programs that are installed on it...but neither can i uninstall these programs to reinstall them in my C: drive. Everytime i try to open one of these programs I get the error message ''INVALID DRIVE F:/''
Re: My computer won't recognize my ComStar 320GB External...
Well hmm i would have to say you need to reformat it which you probably dont want to do but this is what i can say the best to do but if you dont want to maybe someone else can help you but im just giving the best help answer
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The motherboard can only take 2 GB of memory. If you tried a larger memory stick in any slot, the motherboard will fail to recognize it. A larger hard drive or an external drive will only increase storage and page file capacity. This will not improve the performance of the computer. Memory caching to the hard drive is limited to the bus speed of the hard drive interface (much slower than the RAM).
The better option if you can offered it is a new computer, if you do any gaming. You are dealing with a 2.8 GHz CPU with a 400 MHz bus. The computer is probably fine for e-mail but video and gaming response will not improve.
I wish that I had better news for you.
Cindy Wells (who replaced her Pentium 4 system that took 4 GB of DDR memory a few months ago. Too many other parts were failing.)
try it on another computer if that dosent work you should reformat your computer but first backup all your data by putting your another internal hardrive on your computer and move all your files you need to the empty hardrive and after that take the hardrive with all your stuff in it off the computer and then reformat the hardrive which the external hardrive does not work on and install a new operating system then put the other hardrive with all your stuff back on your computer and transfer your stuff into the hardrive with a operating system then try the external hardrive
OR you can burn all your stuff into a CD or a DVD OR you can put all your stuff into FlashDrives and then after you reformat the hardrive with an operating system put your stuff back into the computer and after that the external hardrive should work
You currently have a 320GB 7200-rpm SATA II hard drive, with 8MB cache install on a base package of your make and model of computer. I would recommend a hard drive like Samsung Spinpoint F4EG 2 TB Internal hard drive. You can find it roughly for $70.00 - $90.00 at online stores like amazon, new egg, etc.
The motherboard of your computer has two IDE and two SATA connections. There is no upper limit of the drive size (at least nothing you have to worry about if you have WInXP, Vista or Linux installed)
Attention!!! - I heard from many people that HP (Compaq) has disabled the SATA connectors on your motherboard (ASUS A7V8X-LA)!!! If you want to be on the safe side (and I would definitely recommend that) go and get an IDE drive. There are many good drives around with 500GB of storage.
If you have any more questions, just come back here and leave a comment - I'm happy to help.
If your Operating System is Windows XP or Vista? Then disconnect the external hard drive and start the computer, and let windows load until at least a minute or two after your desktop appears then connect the External drive and open "My Computer" to see if the drive is shown there along with your internal Drive(s). The above works to recognize lost external devices for me most of the time. Good luck.
Chances are these large memory hard drive should be plugin with a USB and adapter of its own since 320Gb is too big and needs power to be able to recognize. But if you find it defective you have a year warranty from the manufacturer, you can call them up for a replacement.