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External Hard Drive not showing up! BAD!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jlohr, Feb 16, 2009.

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  1. jlohr

    jlohr Thread Starter

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    My entire life is on my external hard drive - it's supposed to be my back up. Now I have an issue with that.

    I'm running XP with all updated security profiles and the latest SP. I have an external hard drive that has been working fine on this box, but recently, the computer isn't recognizing it. It gives me the whole "driver not found" scenario. But it can't find the driver anywhere on the net, my computer, or anywhere else.

    It's a Western Digital hard drive, and I think it's called a Passport drive. Apparently, talking to my dad, they're ****ty little drives. Which sucks. All my music, pictures, and writing (freelance and published fiction writer) was on this drive cause I was going from one box to another.

    Help! Please tell me that my data is at least salvageable!!!
     
  2. Triple6

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    Have you tried plugging the drive into more then one computer? Does it work on a second computer?

    FYI, one copy of any data is not a backup.
     
  3. jlohr

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    Yeah, I tried it on a second computer, the box I was moving to. It didn't work there, either. Said the same thing - the hard drive's driver is missing and it can't read it.

    And it was a backup - I was moving from one computer to the next. My old box crashed (it was a horrible and fiery death) and I lost all my old data. But I had my backup on my hard drive, so no worries. Then I plug it into my new box and it gives me the driver issue that I had on my old box's last day. I don't know exactly what the issue is, and I didn't get time to figure it out on my old box. The old box was lost in a tragic farming accident - one of our cows rubbed against a fuse box and caused a bit of a power overload. Blew both my surge protectors.
     
  4. Triple6

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    You can try taking out the hard drive from the computer and see if it still works, the rest of the computer may be toast but it may still work.

    You can also take apart the external hard drive and use an adapter like this to see if the drive is accessible: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156017
     
  5. jlohr

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    Fantastic! I'm heading out tonight anyways - in the middle of nowhere, and the closest town is an hour away, so you kinda have to plan these things. I'll get one of those readers while I'm out and I'll let you know what happens.

    Oh, and my old drive is toast. Quite literally. It was still smoking when I got to it, and it is completely destroyed. So...this is kind of my last option.

    Thanks so much for your help! I'll message to say what's up.
     
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