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Solved: Copying from one external HD to another

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by GingerL, Mar 24, 2006.

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  1. GingerL

    GingerL Thread Starter

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    Hello! I am having a hardware problem. My computer got dangerously close to overload, so my computer-savy friend gave me an external drive to copy my files to. I copied all of my files to the external HD, and all is well with my computer. Well, the HD he loaned me was just that, a loan. I have since purchased my own external HD, but I can't copy from the loaner to my new drive. I can get my computer to recognize both drives individually, but when I try to plug both of them in at the same time, the computer doesn't recognize either of them. I tried chaging the drive names and letters, but that didn't help. Is there a secret to this? Please tell me that I don't have to copy everything back onto my computer and then back off to my new hard drive!

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. junker39

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    Ginger, can you post some system specs? Make/model of PC and operating system.
    It will help correcting the problem.
     
  3. GingerL

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    I have a Gateway Solo 5300 laptop. The operating system is Windows 2000 professional. Also, the laptop has only one USB port, so I use a Belkin 4-port hub. If that's not enough info, let me know. Thanks!
     
  4. win2kpro

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    You MAY want to consider trying a self powered USB hub rather than a bus powered USB hub IF you are using a bus powered hub. Just an idea. :)
     
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  6. GingerL

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    I'm beginning to think I should have just bought a new computer. :(
     
  7. JohnWill

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    There's your problem. Many devices don't work through a hub, and mass storage is one of the worst offenders.

    Take the two drives to someone that has a machine with multiple USB ports and do the copies there.
     
  8. GingerL

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    Problem solved - thank you!! I took both drives to my parents' house this weekend, and got everything copied. Thanks so much for your help!

    Ginger
     
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    You're welcome. :)
     
  10. HandleX

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    sounds great!
     
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