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External Hard drive won't connect to ONE computer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hhicks330, Jan 28, 2011.

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  1. hhicks330

    hhicks330 Thread Starter

    Jan 28, 2011
    Alright. So This is kind of a weird circumstance: My brother has a Hitachi Lifestudio 1TB external hard drive. He has been using is for about 2 months now. About two days ago it started acting sort of funny.

    When he tries to plug it in, it doesn't even turn on. (The hard drive only starts to spin up when both the USB and power is plugged in.) I was pretty sure either the hard drive or the enclosure had gone bad, and plugged into my computer to see what would happen. And it worked! So my brother plugged it back into his laptop and it was fine.

    But now it has happened again. And I only have an Ubuntu laptop with me. (I'm on vacation in NY). It works on my laptop but not his.

    I'm wondering if somehow maybe a driver got screwed upon his computer? And if so, would there be a way to uninstall it even when the external hard drive is not connected. That way maybe we can reinstall the driver and see if that will work.

    He leaves for Louisiana on Monday,so I need to figure this one out soon.

    His laptop is a Windows 7 Dell Inspiron 1545. And the computer's that it has worked on have been a custom Windows 7 machine that I built and an Acer Aspire 5610Z laptop with Ubuntu. (My wife's machine that I changed to linux).

    Any ideas would be awesome. If you need any more information, let me know.

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