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Can't access external hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by schneid96, Sep 13, 2004.

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  1. schneid96

    schneid96 Thread Starter

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    I'm running Win98SE...trying to attach a Maxtor external 200 GB hard drive.

    I was able to partition the drive, but upon restart I get the error message "a device attached to the system is not functioning."

    In "my computer" I can see the F: assigned to this drive, but can't open it. I think it still needs to be formatted, but I can't do that yet because all I get is that error message.

    In searching online I find a variety of problems with this error message, but none seem to apply to this situation.

    I'm having other software/error messages with this computer--just uninstalled Norton Cleansweep and that fixed some of it--but I'm stuck on the hard drive issue.

    Ideas?
     
  2. Old Rich

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    In My Computer, Right click on it and select "Format".

    wrs
     
  3. schneid96

    schneid96 Thread Starter

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    That did it. Thanks. If only all problems were so easily solved.

    I'm now going to go change my experience level from "intermediate" to "newbie"...
     
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