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All External Hard Drives Not Recognized by Windows XP

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Phoenix2006, Jul 18, 2006.

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  1. Phoenix2006

    Phoenix2006 Thread Starter

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    After installing Dantz Retrospect, software that came with my Maxtor External drive, my hard drive was no longer recognized by Windows XP. I immediatly tried unistalling the software but my drive still goes unrecognized. I thought the drive was shot until I tried it on another computer which worked perfectly. A little later I bought a drive enclosure and a 320GB WD hard drive. This worked on my other computer but I encountered the same problem on this computer.

    Could part of Danz still be on my system or did it change something that it did not change back? I have also experimented with uninstalling my firewire drivers (both are firewire drives) but had no success. Perhaps I did not get everything.

    I should also point out that if I shutdown my computer and leave the drive on while restarting, it will be recognized but I recieve numerous errors while copying files making it impossible to use the drive on this computer.

    I am not using an addon firewire card, the port is directly on my motherboard.

    ATM, I have been puting files on the drive over the network as the drive works on my other computer but it would be nice if I could get a direct connection to this computer.

    RS
     
  2. Rumpo-Stiltskin

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    The obvious suggestion is to try another FireWire peripheral (if you have or can borrrow one) on the effected machine to see if it's specifically a FireWire issue, which it does sound like.
    Although that's no guarantee, it may clarify the issue.

    In the device manager / 1394 controller / driver details - make sure the five files listed are from Microsoft and from the same service pack ( 1 or 2 assumed).
     
  3. onsite

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    It might just be the format, go to control panel, then click admin tools, then computer mangemnt, the disk management. see if you see the HD.
     
  4. Phoenix2006

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    The computer can now recognize the drives and I can read the files off of them but now another problem has surfaced.

    I cannot copy to the hard drive. When I try, the computer hangs for a bit and I get a message that says "Device Not Ready".
     
  5. onsite

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    go to control panel, system, hardware, device manager and make sure there are no red "X" or "!". Also admin tools event viewer, see if there are errors,
     
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