My protable hardrive isn't recognised by Win Xp anymore
Hi Yogiwiz, I really hope you can help me or refer me to someone else. The thing is I have Western Digital 120GB protable hardrive which I have been using to store stuff from pc which has no more space. Yesterday I copied some files from my work pc to my harddrive and took it home. WHen I plugged it into my home pc it recognized the drive but took a long time to open any folders and then when I looked in the folders only some of the files which should have been there were. I checked the available drive space to see if they had been deleted but no change. I safely ejected the drive and unplugged-replugged it back in. This time the USB hardware install icon popped up in the bottom right menu said my device had been installed and is ready to use but no drive? It showed USB Mass Storage Device in the pop-up safely remove menu but no drive letter or drive name. On My Computer or Explorer I also couldn't find it, just my normal internal hard drives. I tried Updating the driver in Device Manager - since the drive appears as Mass Storage Device under Universal Serial Bus Controllers and as USB Device under Disk drives - but it just said that it couldn't find a better driver than the one already installed and so did nothing even though I tried updating it under both menus already mentioned. Finally I when to My Computer and clicked Manage but it didn't even appear there so I couldn't change the drive letter if that was the problem.
I'm lost and could really use some help, I have fair bit of stuff stored on the drive (it had only 7% free space left - so maybe it is fragmentation problem but if my Windows won;t recognise the drive I can't make space and defrag it) and would really prefer not to lose it. But in a worst case scenario I'd be willing to format the drive and start from scratch but I don't know how to acccess the drive to do even that. (:<)
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Re: My protable hardrive isn't recognised by Win Xp...
Hello So you don't really need to update the driver of it since its a portable drive. Did you try plugging the drive to a different usb port on your pc and if it's still not detected try connecting that driver to another pc to check if it will be detected.
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If your drive came with an installation cd I would recommend that you install that first and then try to connect your hard drive after the disk installation, it should then be recognised. What version of windows are you using? It should be recognised by xp. Good luck. Andrew
go to device manager on computer, (while the external hardrive is connected) find the drive on the list and right click it or somthing, and look to see if you can update any drivers on it..this is more then likely your problom because when you switched from xp to 7 it might have wiped out the drivers for the external hardrive
When you write that after a restart/reboot the ext drive is not recognised/mounted, have you looked in Disc Utility to see whether the drive is recognised even tho' there is no icon on your Desktop ....
I say that because there might be no need to power the drive down/up again ... I'm curious to know about the Disc Utility thing first ...
I've seen a workaround that required creating an Automator Application to: You then need to add this application as a Login Item and the ext TM drive should mount each reboot.
BTW, how often do you reboot your Mac? I leave mine running in one state or another pretty much 24/7.
Apparantly, the iomega hd is one that seems to have this issue, according to this.
I want to offer something that worked for me.I have an Iomega external drive I used for back ups.Well my pc crashed and all of a sudden nothing would recognize the drive,not even another pc.What I did was after getting a device drivers not working properly.This is for folks who are having problems with a USB port.What worked for me is I uninstalled every USB in the device manager,then rebooted and it then recognized my hard drive,and i was able to get to my precious data.This was after a windows 2000 pro format and reinstall.I had been using XP but could not reinstall XP,had to go with 2000 pro.Hope this helps someone
We had a simmilar problem, the disk was initialised with vista. It does not read on any other computor on our network. I recently aquired a second vista computor and tried it out on that. Sure enough it works. Thus the problem is that if it was initialised on vista, only vista systems will read it and not xp or 2000. hopes this helps
go to control panel.. go to Administrative tools.. then .. go to computer management.. on the left pane.. click disk management.. u can detect all ur drives in here including those who are not seen by your MY COMPUTER..
In computer terms, formatting a hardrive is the process of preparing/setting the different areas (for read/write) of the harddrive and keeping a list of the addresses. This way the computer would know what data went with what and to where in the HD.
Most if not all new HDs are not formatted (prepared) for computer use but are detectable by the PC. Formatting not only makes the HD recognizable, it is now usable.
By formatting, the PC also erases any and all references to the existing data on the HD. After being erased and prepared, it also checked for any possible errors.
Hope this be of some idea/help. Good luck and kind regards.