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Need drivers for Windows XP Pro sp2

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  • d00d23 Feb 16, 2008

    i am having the same problem with my 500GB WD external drive. xp keeps prompting me for drivers every time i plug it in to my pc. my install of xp is up to date with windows updates. i even let the found new hardware wizard search the internet for the drivers and it came up with nothing. anyone have a link to the drivers or an article?

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2008

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    your post as a comment to Azzoosmit79's External Hard drive problem, and notify you when a new solution is offered.

  • prafulpai Jul 07, 2008

    I am facing a similar problem with my Seagate 160GB drive, my OS is Vista basic with all updates but still unable to use the external drive. It keeps on telling me driver cannot be installed.

    I checked the same drive on a friend's Desktop which is XP, its working fine there...................plz help

  • paul l34 Jul 12, 2008

    I am having the same issue. My WD book connects just fine to my laptop, using the same outlet and the same USB cable. Whenever I have the WD device connected, it locks everything up. As soon as I unplug the USB cable, everything else on the pc works again. Many of the solutions I've seen online for this issue are Vista specific. There must be something else here. Please help!


  • SgtP Aug 12, 2008

    I have a 1TB SimpleTech Pininfarina that was working properly and now it is saying that it cannot find the drivers.

  • dwwittenberg Oct 12, 2008

    My hard drive is no longer recognized by my computer

  • Anonymous Oct 26, 2008

    I would like to download some drivers for this product where can i get the drivers from

  • Anonymous Oct 31, 2008

    i looked on simpletech's website and found nothing as far as drivers for my 320 gb external hard drive so my computer wont recognize it

  • makhtar Nov 13, 2008

    Same driver problem

    I came home after work and found that my XPSP3 saying that Peninfarina 320 is unknown USB device.

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  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2008

    has any found the drivers for this device

  • pumken Dec 23, 2008

    I have a simpledrive product number starting 90300. It works fine on two computers but not on the dell which we use most. I have XP and it should plug and play?

  • dbmcgirt Jan 08, 2009

    when i plug in wd my book to my dell xps it tells me that the usb device is not recognized

  • izokay Jan 15, 2009

    i deff could use a driver

  • taniapaoli Jan 21, 2009

    i have the same problem and it asks me to insert the software

  • viking006 Jan 24, 2009

    I have a LaCie 160Gb external HD that does not install on PC with XP Home Ed.
    PC detects HD and when asking for automatic or manual installation, neither works. Messages reads: An error occured and your hard ware may not be installed correctly. Invalid data.

    The HD does not appear on desktop and on the hardware manaegment application it signals with a small exclamation mark that there is indeed a problem with the external HD related to drivers...

  • christoph609 Mar 11, 2009

    I have the same problem with the Seagate FreeAgent Go 500 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive. and I cant find a driver to download to fix the problem. Where can I get the driver for this hard drive?

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    I have exactly the same problem as the user above.
    Is there a drive?
    I wonder if it is something to do with the fact that I have only ever used this 160gb Ext HD on a MAC.
    Could that have something to do with?

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2009

    In windows Xp 1 TB external hard disk detected but not showing content

  • D. Tinsman
    D. Tinsman Mar 28, 2009

    I had the same problem and it turned out I was using the wrong power adapter. The size of the insertion plug is very common. Be sure it the one seen here: power supply

    Once I corrected this, all was well!

  • cln246 Apr 11, 2009

    Same problem my computer detects drive not showing contents, can't find drivers . Who we be the first to find it ? Let the race begin, hope to here from somebody.




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I need drivers for my simpletech external hard drive model number 96300-40001-001

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When I switched on my computer one day, Western Digital drivers were not found.
This works:
I have changed plug sockets, power strip to wall socket and now Western Digitals are now being detected.

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I switched the USB cable to my camera's (Canon) USB cable and it worked. The WD drive is plugged in a powerstrip.

Posted on Dec 26, 2008

Does anyone understand why this solution works?  it makes no sense.  the drive mounted find and worked for months on the same power strip, now, suddenly, it needs to go directly from a wall outlet?

Posted on Nov 05, 2008

I had the same problem, but once i plugged it straight into the wall socket it seemed to work fine. just make sure that the end of the UBS cable that plugs into the my book has not come loose as this may also cause a disconnection.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008

Dumbest problem reason ever. but the solution does work.

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Have a MicroNet 80GB hard drive PHD8072U2F my son gave me and on another older computer had saved some of my files from....anyway cannot get to other computer and the one I am using is another sons and I need some of my documents on this external drive and cannot find a driver for it to download and be able to even use it. Please help, I am fighting to keep my home and the documentation is on this drive and only on it..... One thing I learned is I will do what I wanted to do in the first place and have at least a double back up plan.....sons thought I was over concerned...I know if it can happen it will to me and should have done it but was a financial burden and listened to them. Thanks and God Bless email

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  • worzgumm May 20, 2011

    I too am having problems with the SimpleTech SimpleDrive External HDD Firewire & USB 2.0., 160 GB, 9000-40480-001 not being recognized by Windows XP Professional SP3. I have tried plugging the power supply directly into the wall outlet, but this did not help. Orko1978 remarked that the correct power supply is important. Can you please tell me what the correct voltage, mA capacity and polarity should be? (I somehow lost the original power supply). Thanks!


I too was having trouble with my WD external drive. One day it was working fine - the next it was not recognized on any ports. Listed as an Unknown device and no drivers installed.

I tried the solution listed above - unpluged it from the power strip, pluged it into a wall socket and ALL WORKS! Darnedest thing I ever seen.

Posted on May 25, 2008

I did a Google search and found another user having the same problem! Apparently the problem goes away if you plug the drive directly into a wall outlet, and not to a power strip.
I did the same thing and it works! Weird, but at least it works for me... No need for any downloading drivers or whatever,.

Posted on May 06, 2008

Well just look at ur mom or u could try fuckin' yourself one or two time kk plz tnx lol

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