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Drive not ready on external hard drive

Have looked at other solutions on this site, which either haven't helped, or were not applicable. I have a standard - not Firewire - LaCie 320GB external drive which has been working fine for 15 months. When I went to turn it on recently, I got the "Drive not ready; door may be open" error message. I've tried a system restore prior to the date of the first error, which didn't help. 'm using Win XP Pro.

I've not made any modifications to the OS recently. About the only thing I've done is update Java run-time. The system restore I did should have bypassed any changes made by Java.

I think my device drivers may be corrupt. I'm just not quie sure how to fix this.

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If you or a friend have another computer, please try plugging the drive into another computer. If it shows and works correctly then there are 2 other things I would try. You may have done this already but try a different usb port. If you are using a front port, try using one of the rear ports. I find that the front ports are not as reliable as the rear since it adds another short portion of cable and an additional connection at the mainboard. You may have received an update that made the USB act differently. The second thing I would try is plugging in the drive and then before trying to access the drive, run a hard drive diagnostic like Western Digitals diagnostic for Windows or Maxblast. You may find that the drive has failed. Its also possible that the enclosure has failed. If all else fails, try taking the drive out of the enclosure and puting it directly into a computer. You may be able to transfer data to another drive if you can see the information on the drive you have removed from the failed enclosure. Hope this helps... Dale

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