Lacie Rugged 160GB not being recognized in "My Computer" window
The computer recognizes the device and says it is working properly, all the usb ports are working properly, but I cannot select the device in the "My Computer" screen so I can't access it to save anything to it
Re: Lacie Rugged 160GB not being recognized in "My...
I went into 'my computer' to 'view system information' then 'hardware' then 'device manager' then 'USB controllers' if necessary, and saw a red x through one of the usb symbols. i clicked on it, and it listed my rugged 250, said it was disabled, i clicked to enable it, and the computer found it, seems to be letting me backup now
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click start control panel administrive 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 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, sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable, 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 problemshope this helps hope this helps
External hard disks can fail for a number of reasons, but check the device manager and disk management first to see if it is recognized (assuming you are using Windows). Here are some more ideas: http://www.devicedriverfinder.com/blog/device-errors/external-hard-drive-troubleshooting
First cehck whether your computer is able to recoznize other USB storage devices or not. If you see that it is not recoznizing other USB storage devices. Then you need go to your Boot Up screen, the screen that opens when you restart your PC.
Some PC's cannot deliver enough power to the USB devices to function properly through the USB port.
Does your Lacie hard disk have a power input connector if so conect a power adapter to it before you put it into your USB port.
Another alternative, get a powered USB hub connect it into your computer then connect the Lacie hard drive to the powered USB hub.
I would first plug it in to a different PC, this will tell you if the problem is the Lacie or Windows Vista.
if it works on a different PC then remove it from Device manager or go to the Lacie website for Vista updates.
If it does not work on a different PC then there are 3 possibilities
1. the drive got cleared data lost
2. the enclosure is bad (I would bet on this)
3. the drive is bad
purchase a USB enclosure, remove the drive and install it in the new enclosure plug in and test.
Right click on My Computer > Manage > Device Manager. Do you see any yellow exclamation points? If so, you have conflicting devices. I'd need some feedback at this point to continue to help you, but if you double-click on the yellow mark, a window will popup. See if you can troubleshoot or rollback some drivers.