My external hard disk isnt being recognised by the 4 port pcmcia cardbus which i have. the usb port on my dell inspiron 5160 laptop doesnt work so the cardbus is an alternative. it supports a pendrive but not the external hard disk which incidentally does work on any other system. would appreciate a solution. thanks. merle
I bought an "Extra Value 4-port Hi-speed USB2.0 Cardbus" which works fine with flash drives, but not with my Western Digital Passport External Hard Drive, which itself works fine, but very slowly, on the old USB1.1 ports on my laptop. When plugged in to the PCMCIA cardbus, the hard drive light comes on but it does not spin and it is not recognised by my computer. I have tried it with the extra power cord but with no difference. I.m not sure about the cardbus drivers, but I think they installed all right.
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Sometimes when a flash memory stick fails because it was not removed from the USB port properly. If the device is removed by just pulling it out of the USB port, it can cause the flash device to fail, you must click on the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the Task Bar and select the device you wish to remove and only do so when instructed to do so. When the flash memory device appears to malfunction it maybe possible to restore it by reformatting it. Insert the flash drive into the USB port then Click on Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management. Then right click on Disk 1 removable drive and click Format. After the flash drive has been formatted it will indicate that it is Healthy. You need to format the external drive. Format the drive as primary drive and in FAT32. (FAT32 will allow data to be exchanged between MACs and PCs). Insert the external hard drive into the USB port then Click on Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management. Then right click on Disk 1 removable drive and click Format. After the flash drive has been formatted it will indicate that it is Health.
Yes connect your USB stick to computer with USB port of computer.
Then open my computer then you can see your usb stick as removable disk.
Then you can copy your pictures and paste in your usb memory stick.
First connect your memory stic to other computer if it works there thne it has not any issue.
Then connect in your computer on which not recognized .
Then opem my computer if you can't see any removable storage then right click on my computer then go to its proeprty then hardware then device manager.
Then uninstall all usb drivers then restart computer then check .
If still face same issue then right click on my computer then click on manage thne go to disk management.then removable media/
check there if you find removable storage then right click on it then open or explore it.
if you still not recognized then when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or "del' key to enter in BIOS.
Then go to advanced in bios then set LEGACY 2.0 enabled. then save settings and exit.
Aslo check your computer usb ports are working fine.
Let me know if you need more assistanse.
Dell laptops are supposed to be equipped with a card reader. However if not then you can get hold of a multi card(memory) reader with a USB port from where it will take the images from your camera memory to the hard disk for further action. This gadget is cheap & easily available in the market..................................sodeep
Have you tried to use the pen drive in another computer. If the pen drive does not work in another pc then this pen drive could be fried. There is whats called "Safety Removal Hardware" This should be used before removing any hardware from the pc. Also have you ensured that all the updates have been carried out on that computer?
Check that your usb connector is ok i think problem will be there. Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back as requested, how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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I/0 error, IS AN INPUT/OUTPUT ERROR. this device is formatted as FAT32 as it is usable on all OS. however if you formatt it to the faster, safer NTFS format, it will only work on 2000, XP etc. so firstly is the device being "seen" by windows? as in does the plug and play connect device sound play? or the green arrow and card icon appera in the bottom left corner? if it doesnt your computer may not have a mass storage device installed, or a driver for it, go into your device managment and click rescan plug and play and if nothing comes up click, view hidden devices, and select the correct driver, by either manually selecting the mass storage or Hdd driver or letting windows find one on the net or locally. if this still doesnt fix things, be aware that external HDD us ealot of power, and some USB ports dont give enough power for the HDD to wind up enough speed to operate. try using a different port, 2.0 not 1.0 as i have found power draw issues with 1.0 USB and/or get a shorter, foot long or less cable.