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500GB BAsics External USB drive

Works OK on XP but when connected to the VISTA OS it seems to lose it's format and instead of NTFS it says RAW. If I move the drive to an XP machine it is fine.
What to do? What to do?
Mike

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  • nienke_1981 Sep 15, 2008

    I have exactely the same problem! It was working fine on Vista at first.. then i tried it on a XP computer and since then it only works on a XP computer and not on a computer with Vista anymore.



    It does detect the external harddrive on my computer but when i try to go to it (open it) it says it's not accessibly. The weird thing is, when i'm running a program with which i download music and such (DC++) is DOES recognise the external harddrive and it DOES share the files that are on there..

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Simple solutions are usually clever this is not. I just have to disconnect the power and when I reconnect the drive is recognised as fully functional. Eventually Maxtor will fix the driver. So far Vista has been fine and works very well with 4GB of memory and a fast processor.

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