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Problem-2 external hard drives

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jasta, Jul 6, 2007.

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  1. jasta

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    I have been using two 300GB external hard drives(Seagate and Maxtor) to
    do backups of my laptop, for several months. I have had them hooked up
    in a firewire, daisy chain connection. Now, when I turn on the second
    hard drive, and start using it, the first one acts funny. It usually
    freezes up, stops working, and, when I try to copy files to it, I get an
    I/O error message, or "the specified device is no longer available". In Device Manager, it says the first drive(Seagate) is
    working ok. I tried using a separate USB connection on the second one,
    but the first one still stops working. The first drive works ok, on its
    own. Using XP-Home, SP-2. Tried different cables, different second hard drive, same problem. Could a Windows Update affect only one of my external hard drives? Again, it works ok, on its own.

    Thanks
     
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