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Samsung Ecogreen F2 (HD154UI) 1.5TB HDD not found on 2/3 PCs?

I have a Samsung Ecogreen F2 (HD154UI) 1.5TB HDD in a Rosewill enclosure. It's been formatted and has 3 ~500GB partitions. I can use it on my Acer laptop (Vista), but both of my girlfriend's Dell work laptops (XP) can't get to them via network or USB. Oddly, it does show up in Device Manager under both of her Dells. I can add it using Add New Hardware but it still doesn't show up. Any idea why her Dell laptops running XP can't see this drive, when my Acer laptop running Vista can?

Both of her Dells are running under different domains, and mine is in my own workgroup. Is that why we can't seem to network to share folders?

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  • jeremy May 10, 2010

    Thanks, OnkyoOwner. What happened was i initially formatted it using the newer partition type, GPT/GUID PT (as opposed to MBR), which XP and older versions of Win can't read. Once i reformatted it and partitioned with MBR tables instead it seems to work fine. Cost me all my data, which i wasn't prepared for, but such is life.

  • jeremy May 10, 2010

    I'm deep-scanning it using Recuva now. I have my doubts, since it's been repartitioned using a different file system, but maybe it will find something. Thanks again!


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Vista and XP are a pain in the **** to make work as a network. as for the driver. Vista may have drivers built in to see it. and XP may not. see if there are any drivers for the external drive on the samsung website.

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    OnkyoOwner May 10, 2010

    you can google un-deleter aps. some will read the format you you did first. and you may be able to recover some of the data what was on the drive. there is one called active undeleter that I have used on a few drives and I was able to get back about 60% of what was on the drive. cant hurt to try..


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