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Flash Drive And External Hard Drive Are Not Recognised


Flash drive and external hard drive and i phone are not recognized. I have a packard bell touch screen computer running windows 7. The machine will not recognize my usb mass storage devices or flash drives even though they have previously worked.

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External Hard Drive Not Recognised

I bought an asus intel pentium with window 7 installed - i also had comodo but changed to avg - as the former blocked everything coming to my computer. Although the computer recognizes that i have attached a wd external hard drive or cruzer usb stick - it does not let me open it. In addition it does asks me repeatedly to back up my computer, but then does not recognize my dvd burner. Never had these problems before - my old dell is still working fine and recognizes all the external apparatus.

Posted On: 2010-04-22 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Hard Drive Not Recognised

I have removed the hard drive from my old pc and inserted into a hard drive enclose.connected it up to my new pc and inserted the driver. Although the hard drive can be seen in device manager, windows is not assigning a drive letter, i am also getting this error message. "This device cannot start. (Code 10)", in devices and printers it shows as "unspecified" status "needs troubleshooting". I have updated drivers and that hasn't worked either. Any suggestions?

Posted On: 2010-04-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Bootable Flash Drive Or Hard Drive To Install Win 7

estimating windows 7 wim file sizes - ufd too small for image. I was trying to capture awim file for windows 7 to a bootable ufd, but the 16gb ufd was too small. I reran and directed the capture to a usb hard drive. Is there a tool to estimate the ufd size required? Is the fat32 format a constraint?Can i build a bootable usb hard drive and capture the image to it so that if i boot from the usb hd instead of the ufd? Can i install from a usb hard drive instead of the ufd? Then i would not be limited to the usb size of 16gb or 32gb.

Posted On: 2010-08-11 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Copy Documents To External And Flash Drive

In xp when i needed to copy my documents to external drive and flash drive i only had to select them and click copy after connecting device. I find no way to do that and clicking and dragging does not seem to work. Also looked into easy transfer and found no way to accomplish this.

Posted On: 2010-05-01 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

External Hard Drive Issues

I have just upgraded to windows 7 premium from vista premium & tried to attach an additional external hard drive fitted in an appropriate caddy and connected to my pc via a usb lead, i can see the hard drive in device manager as a separate drive, however i cannot see it anywhere else and therefore cannot use it, this was exactly the same in vista premium. I had previously reformatted and zero filled the external hard drive and not reinstalled any software.

Posted On: 2009-11-08 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Ejecting External Hard Drive

Using the ejecting external hard drive procedure, i get a ms typed response that drive is in used and directed to close off any program using it. None is being used at the time. Opening up "devices and printer" gives me a trouble shooting opportunity to no avail. Other than doing a restart or shut down, what can i safely do to pull out usb port connection of external hard drive. Any suggestions?  This is my first time using forum, i hope this works. Because i gave my email address in the sign up, i am expecting a response through that method.

Posted On: 2010-05-07 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

External Hard Drive Problems

I am having a problem with an external hard drive (toshiba multimedia center gigastore) which worked with an old laptop on xp but that has died a death now, i have connected the drive  to my latest laptop with windows 7 and on switching it on my laptop gives the usual 'ping' to say the it has detected a usb connection but then nothing happens.

If i go to my 'computer' the hard drive is not showing but if i go to 'devices & printers' the hard drive is there but i am unable to open it, this hard drive is important to me as it has a music collection on it spanning many years and is pretty much irreplaceable. Everything says that the device is working properly & i have searched for drivers etc. Without luck, can anyone help ?


Posted On: 2010-05-10 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

External Hard Drive Troubles

I have a windows 7 starter netbook that refuses to let me use my newly formatted external hard drive. It was formatted in fat32 and i had some large hd videos that i wanted to store on it so i formatted it to ntfs. Now the only place i can find the hard drive is under "devices and printers". It is not under "computer" with the rest of my drives. This hard drive works fine on all the other computers in the house including two other windows 7 starter netbooks, a desktop running vista, and two other desktops running xp. Do you guys have any idea what is wrong? 
 
Edit: it is also recognized under os x 10. 6. 2


Posted On: 2010-03-31 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

External Hard Drive Unreadable

I very recently ran into a major problem with my external hard drive. It's a samsung hm120jc inside a usb external enclosure which i have been using for a few years as a backup and additional storage device.

Today i plugged it into my computer to transfer some files when it told me that i needed to format the disk in order to use it. There was a single ntfs partition on the disk containing about 100gb (out of 120gb) of mixed data, some of which are very important.

I did some googling and found the testdisk program. I ran it and it managed to find the partition and seemed to be able to detect all my files within. I tried to have it repair my partition tables to no avail. Going into the file system options it showed that the boot sector was "ok" as well. I also installed the free tool recuva from the makers of ccleaner, which also seemed to be able to find my data.

As said before, it tells me i need to format the disk whenever i plug it in. Also, double clicking on it in my computer brings up an error saying the disk is corrupt and unreadable. The disk management utility shows all 120 (113) gb free and in the raw format (huh?). The same shows when plugging it into other computers.

Before i go any further, i'd like all your opinions. As i said, the data is important and must be recovered if there is a way to (cost-free if possible ). What should my next step be? Can the drive be restored without formatting or using data recovery software? If i need data recovery software, what are the best free options?


Posted On: 2010-01-06 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Authenticate External Hard Drive

I have a western digital my book external hard drive that i somehow blocked myself from being able to access my stored files. I can go through the individual files, open the properties, go to the security tab, change the ownership, then allow myself access, but i have thousand of files on there and it would take me a lifetime that way.

I called wd support and was told that i needed to contact support.microsoft.com and ask them how to "authenticate my external hard drive" to regain access to the entire hard drive at one time. Since it's the hard drive that won't let me open the files, i figured it would be something wd should be able to tell me how to do, but at their instruction, i'm turning to microsoft for help. Can anyone help?


Posted On: 2010-05-14 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

External Hard Drive Cannot Be Read

I'm using a maxtor (now seagate) external hard drive. I've had it less than 6 months and all was fine until i installed windows 7. When my computer tries to read the data (all my backups and personal files!) A message comes up which says i need to format the external hard drive. I'm sure if i do this i will lose all my data. I've emailed maxtor (seagate) about the problem but had no reply.

I've tried turning the computer off with it plugged in, unplugged it after restart. Didn't work. I've unplugged it when the computer is on, restarted my computer; then unplugged it and plugged it in again. Didn't work. How on earth can i retrieve all my data? Please can someone advise me?


Posted On: 2010-03-27 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Cannot Save To External Hard Drive

I just upgraded to windows 7 from vista. I am the administrator and the only user account (with the exception of some unknown asp.net account that i have no idea what it is but that's another issue).

I can open documents from my external hard drive in word and excel, but when i try to save a document onto my external hard drive i get a message which says "you don't have permission to save in this location.contact the administrator to obtain permission. ", I cannot figure out what to do.


Posted On: 2010-01-01 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

External Hard Drive Not Initialized

I just bought a new computer running windows 7. I am trying to access data on the old ide hard drive, set up as an external drive, using a usb cable. Disk management says that the disk is not initialized. If i initialize the disk, will i erase the data on it? Too much important data to lose!
Can anyone tell me how to resolve this problem?


Posted On: 2010-04-09 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Backing Up To An External Hard Drive

I'm having trouble backing up my computer to an external hard drive. The control panel shows that the external hd is present, but when i go to back-up, i only have two options: the c-drive and the e-drive, an internal hdd. Device manager indicates that the external drive is "not initialized. " The website for my western digital external hd says the software to run the hd should start automatically when i plug it into a ubs port. Unfortunately, this does not happen for me in windows 7. Anyone have a way to fix this?

Posted On: 2009-12-06 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Transfer Files From External Hard Drive

I am trying to transfer files from an external hard drive to my new windows 7. All is well until i get a drive k screen listing all the files on the external hard drive. How do i copy files from one to the other from this screen? Transfer of files from an external hard drive to windows 7. Every thing's hooked up; a screen shows for drive k, listing the files. How do i now copy them? There seems to be no indication.

Posted On: 2009-11-07 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Can't Access External Hard Drive

I can't access my external hard drive with windows 7. How do i get my music files off of it? My pc with xp os can access it no problem . But my new pc with windows 7 does not see the hard drive . I bought a new pc to replace my 14 month old hp that the motherboard fried in. I bought a rocketfish external hard drive case to put the hard drive from my burned up pc in. Windows 7 does not see the hard drive. My older pc with xp can access all of the items on the external hd.

Posted On: 2010-01-22 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Cannot Rename One Of Partitions Of External Hard Drive

I cannot rename one of the partitions of an external hard drive with windows 7. I can rename it correctly in admin tools - disk management, where the name is correct - but in windows explorer in all the users profiles it stubbornly remains f:local d. I have tried changing ownership and permissions. I can rename the files and folders on the partition.

It shows up correctly in disk manager and i've tried renaming it through command prompt: label f: archive, all to no avail! I don;t get an error message or anything, it just remains called local disk in explorer. Also the rename box (right click > properties) is blank. Any ideas?


Posted On: 2009-11-29 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Transfer From Xp Into Win 7 By Using External Hard Drive

My old laptop using windows xp had the graphics chip go out so i cant view anything on the screen or use an external monitor. I bought a new laptop with windows 7 to replace it but i need to the transfer files from old xp laptop. I was planning on using a usb plug in device that i can plug my old hard drive into but reading microsoft windows 7 site it looks like i need to be able to view the screen on my old xp laptop to use windows easy transfer software. I was wondering what the best way would be to transfer my old hard drive into new computer without being able to view anything on the old computer.

Posted On: 2009-11-06 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

File Manager Will Not See External Hard Drive

I can't get file manager to see my maxtor one touch iii mini external hard drive. It shows up in the devices window. But in the computer management window it won't initialize.

Posted On: 2009-10-31 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

External Hard Drive Data Is Read Only

I am using several different computers and to make life easier i have my data on an external hard-drive. Now with windows 7, every time i try to use the data it is read only and i cannot reset the security settings. Anyone have any suggestions.

Posted On: 2009-11-09 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

External Hard Drive - Access Denied

I recently moved from windows xp to windows 7. I am using the backup utility to backup once per week on my external hard drive. However, i would like to backup some files more frequently. When i try to backup or save a file on the external hard drive, i get the following error message: "unable to access disk in drive e:. Please make sure disk is ready and not write protected". How can i get access to this drive other than using the backup utility in windows 7?

Posted On: 2010-01-11 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Ntfs External Hard Drive Becomes Raw

I've recently had this happen on two hard drives after running backup and/or acronis true image from windows 7 rc. One appears to be totally dead at this point, so we'll just focus on the other one. From windows 7 (rc or rtm) (or vista) it appeared in my computer, but was not accessible and i was invited to format it. Instead, i ran chkdsk /r from a command prompt, which told me the first ntfs boot record was bad so it used the second one and fixed lots of things. But, still not accessible on w7. However, from a windows xp machine it looks just fine.

Is there a way to fix this drive? Would even a reformat fix it?

I am thinking maybe i should always reformat a new external drive from windows 7, even if it is already formatted ntfs. Is there any point to that?


Posted On: 2009-12-03 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

External Hard Drive Space Discrepancy

I have a 500gb western digital external hard drive which shows i actually have a total of 465gb (i understand this). Currently it says i have 277 gb free but the files i have saved on there amount to no more then 100gb, so shouldn't it have 365gb available. Also about once a month it says there is not enough room to complete a back up even though on my c drive it shows i only have about 135gb of stuff, so i have to delete my previous back ups and start again, why is this  .

Posted On: 2010-08-06 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Accessing Files On External Hard Drive

My old laptop with xp pro died. I bought a new one with win 7 home premium and i am running office home and student. To get my old files i removed the hard drive and installed it in an enclosure as an external drive. I changed all the security permissions  access to full control. I can see all my documents but when i try to access them i get a message that "excel (or word) can not access (the document name ). It may be read only or encrypted. " Any thoughts?

Posted On: 2010-02-09 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Power Management For External Hard Drive

I use my computer to record broadcast tv show everyday. That man i have to leave it on all the time. With win 7's power management, it goes to sleep after a few minute of inactivities. But my external hard drive stay on all the time. Is there any way i could set to make my external hard drive goes to sleep at the same time as my computer does?(My external hard drive is home made, that mean i bought an enclosure and add a hard drive in with usb/esata connection). I have another computer that have a 2tb seagate external hard drive that come with the software that would goes to sleep when the computer idle.

Posted On: 2010-04-15 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Win 7 Not Reading External Hard Drive

Today i installed he test copy of windows 7 (build 7100). When i was running the setup and was asked which partition would have windows installed on it, it listed my external hard drive as an option. I installed it on my main hard drive and the install completed smoothly.

Windows 7 seems to be operating rather well, but i can't access my external hard drive. When plugged in, i get the message: "usb device not recognized: one of the devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned and windows does not recognize it. "

Device manager shows it as a flagged "unknown device. " Everything else so far runs well, but all my data is backed up on this drive and i need to access it. Any ideas?


Posted On: 2009-05-21 . View Related Posts . . View 88 Replies .

Copy Slow To Or From External Hard Drive

I have a 64 bit i7 960 processor running windows 7 home premium when i try to copy a file to or from a usb connected 1 terabyte ext drive the copy starts out at 40mb a sec and degrades down to 2 or3 mb a second some times it drops below 1 mb a sec. I copy large video files so this is really affecting my work. I also have 2 internal 1 tb hard-drives and the copy between those work at great speed( 40 to 70 mb a sec)so far i have turned off rdc. Reloaded the the usb drivers, formatted the drive. Started in safe mode, installed teracopy. Turned off file indexing. Nothing works. The drive works great on my xp machine.

Posted On: 2010-07-27 . View Related Posts . . View 10 Replies .

Search For Files On External Hard Drive

I had created a manual backup files on my external hard drive by creating a folder with my computer name and moving the files to that folder. Yesterday i decided to create a backup of my computer using the windows backup feature so it created a backup folder.

On my external hard drive using the name of my computer. I'm guessing the backup software merged with the preexisting folder since they both were named the same thing. Now the folder that i manually backed up my files to is no longer accessible. I can't search for files or use the explorer window to look for files in it. It is treated as a backup folder. Although i have no way of accessing my files, i know that they were not deleted on my external hard drive because the backup of my pc was 50gb large.

My computer says that the external hard drive has 771gb of free space meaning the windows backup software did not overwrite the preexisting folder. My manual backup is still taking up space on the external hard drive. It just changed the folder so i cannot look through it or search for files. How do i change this folder so i can get to my old files?


Posted On: 2010-04-23 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Backup And Restore Vs External Hard Drive

I have upgraded from vista ultimate to 7. I also needed to change out my 150gb hdd for a 500gb hdd. I thought the cool thing to do would be to install 7 and all my softwareon the old drive, make a backup/image of that drive onto a spare external drive, install the new drive and restore the image to the new drive.

My plan worked to perfection with one fatal flaw. The image only created 150gb of usable space on my 500gb hdd. So i reinstalled the original 150gb hdd and put the 500gb hdd into an external drive box with usb connection. The computer immediately recognized the 500gb hdd but when i look for it on computer, it won't show up.

Neither will my other external hdd's. I have tried on different usb ports and usb cables and the device manager says that all usb devices are operational. Dell precision m4300, 4gb memory, 2. 50 gh, t9300 core 2 duo 32 bit system. Extra credit: can anyone tell me why the "safely remove hardware and eject media" icon won't work? Double clicking and right mouse click have no affect.


Posted On: 2010-05-05 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .