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In error, we disconnected our external Simple Drive (by clicking on the "Safe to Remove" icon). Although it is physically reconnected at the back, the computer cannot find it or does not recgonise it. Please help.

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Disconnect it.
Turn your computer off.
Turn your computer on, and let Windows start.
Connect it, and it should be detected.

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I/O error on Buffalo HD-PET500U2 Ext Hard Drive

The message "The Request Could Not Be Performed Because of an I/O Device Error" appears when Windows is unable to read the data on a storage device.

If this error message appears when attempting to access the files on an input/output (I/O or IO) device, such as an external hard drive, the file system on the drive could be damaged, the drive could be infected with a virus or the data connector inside the device enclosure could have come loose.

If troubleshooting the drive fails to fix the IO device error, formatting the drive might repair the device.

Connect the external hard drive to the computer.

Run an antivirus program.

Click the "Scan" tab or button, then click "Custom."

Uncheck all items in the list except for the drive letter assigned to the external drive.

Click "OK." Click "Scan" or "Scan Now" to run a virus scan on the hard drive.

Quarantine or remove any infections the virus scanner detects.

Click "Start." Input "cmd.exe" into the search field.

Press "Enter" to open Command Prompt. Input "chkdsk <drive>: /f /r" into Command Prompt.

Replace "<drive>" with the letter assigned to your external hard drive.

Press "Enter" to run CheckDisk on the drive.

CheckDisk will search for and repair detected errors or bad sectors.

Burn the files on the external hard drive to a set of DVDs or move the files to another drive, if possible.

If the IO device error reappears when attempting to move the files, disconnect the external hard drive from the computer.

Remove the power adapter from the drive.

Check the documentation included with the drive for instructions to take the drive apart.

If no instructions are available, contact the manufacturer for instructions or find out if disassembling the drive will void the drive's warranty.

Remove the screws securing the faceplate to the drive or from the edge of the enclosure. Insert the edge of a small, flathead screwdriver in between either side of the enclosure to wedge both sides apart.

Check the connections to the drive.

Confirm that the IDE or SATA interface is plugged into the back of the drive.

Reassemble the external hard drive, reconnect the power adapter and reconnect the drive to the PC.

Attempt to access the files on the drive.

If the IO device error reappears, return to Command Prompt. Input "format /fs:fat32 <drive>:" into the command-line prompt.

Replace "<drive>" with the letter assigned to the external hard drive.

Press "y" when the message "Proceed with Format (Y/N)?" appears.

The process will format the drive, erasing all data on the disk.

If the drive still fails to function after format, you will need to replace the drive.

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I am having the same scenario too sometimes.. What i usually do if the drive is not in use, I turn off the computer first then unplug my external hdd. in that case, the computer is completely off as well as the drive. But if you feel like its a hassle of turning down the machine for you to remove the drive, you could try the following steps:
There is a setting for the USB drives which tells the OS how to optimize their usage. Either it is optimized for Quick Removal or for Performance. To check it, do the following:
-Right click on the USB drive icon in My Computer. -Select the Hardware tab. -Select your USB drive and click on Properties. -Now click on Policies tab.


Optimize for Quick removal This setting disables write caching on the disk so that you can disconnect this drive without using theSafely Remove Hardware icon.
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I did not install the software of WM "My Passport Essential" external drive. Therefore the WM logo does not appear on the task bar at the bottom right hand corner of the PC screen. I tried to...

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1. Click on the 'Up Arrow' icon in your Windows System Tray.

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4. Click on the device (e.g., external drive) you wish to remove.
5. A confirmation window will appear.
6. It is now safe to disconnect your device.

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The easiest thing to check is to unplug any USB drive type devices (say the MP3 player) before starting Windows and see if that helps. If not then it sounds like something on the harddrive was messed up.

You could try holding F8 at boot to get the boot menu. Select Safe Mode and see if that will boot. If it does, answer yes to the popup question and then do Start'Run and type in:
to get a command prompt. In the command prompt type:
chkdsk c: /f
It should say that it can't check the drive right now (since Windows is running off that drive) and ask if you want to check it at boot. Answer with a y. Then reboot, let it try to startup normally, and chkdsk should run and check the drive for errors.

If that doesn't work (can't boot safe mode) and If you've got a Windows CD, (XP SP2 version disc may be needed if you have really large harddrives, doesn't have to be the disc used to install Windows on that computer) you could try booting it and go into the Recovery Console. (Basically a dos prompt type thing.)
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It should check the harddrive for errors and if it finds some will try and fix them. If when it's done it says it found and fixed one or more errors, then I'd do it again and see if it says it found one or more errors. (If it doesn't say that it found errors the second time then, hopefully, that means it fixed the errors it previously found. If it keeps finding errors every time you run it then that may indicate that the drive is failing.) In any case, running chkdsk once as above may help you get into Windows. (I'd still have it do chkdsk c: /f on reboot as above after booting Windows, just to be on the safe side.) You will need to have set a password for the Administrator account to do the Recovery Console though. (Administrator account is accessible when booting in Safe Mode.)

If you can get Windows booting (by any method) one thing you can do that might help prevent this from happening in the future is to disable disc caching for the MP3 player.
Plug the device in, right click the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon and choose "Safely Remove Hardware."
Check the Display Device Components box if it's not checked.
Find the MP3 player in the list (likely under USB Mass Storage Devices) and click it.
Then click the Properties button. On the properties window click Policies and set it to "Optimize for Quick Removal" and click OK.
From now on (at least on that computer) you should be able to remove the MP3 player without using the Safely Remove Hardware tray icon, as long the computer's not actually accessing files on the drive.

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