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External Harddrive problem.. help

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lightingbird, Jul 4, 2009.

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  1. lightingbird

    lightingbird Thread Starter

    Jul 7, 2003
    I'm having a problem with a Western Digital external harddrive model #wd25001032. It uses its own power supply and is connected by USB.

    I've had it for a few years and never had a problem with it. I haven't used it in a long time and I tried to hook it up to a vista prem vista pack 1 machine. The following things occur:

    1. At first the computer doesnt detect it. The harddrive light comes on but no action on the computer.

    2. I'll try and go into my computer and see if it shows the icon. It has a good hunk of data on it. The icon does not come up no matter what I do. Then out of nowhere my "my computer" folder will stop responding.

    3. I've tried to increase and decrease the priority and nothing. Although as soon as I unplug the usb from the computer. The windows starts responding instantly.

    4. I've did some basic computer checking like disabling the firewall, repairing the registry, and trying different usb ports out of desperation. I went into computer management and then storage but when the device is plugged up It goes to not responding.

    Before I give up and take the data as a loss. Can anyone think of a way to resolve this?
  2. win2kpro


    Jul 19, 2005
    The 1st thing you need to do is determine if the problem is in the hard drive, or in the adapter in the enclosure.

    The only way to do this (I am aware of) is to remove the hard drive from the enclosure, and connect the drive internally to a desktop computer.

    I find in my business with most externals that come in with problems, the problem is in the adapter in the enclosure rather than the drive itself.
  3. arknorth


    Oct 17, 2007
    I would also try plugging it into a different computer first before popping it open - that way, you could confirm that it wasn't that first computer.

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