External Hard Drive Problem

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  1. Sexual Vanilla

    Sexual Vanilla New Member

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    I was given a brand new 300 GB external hard drive (USB) from my employer. When I connected it to my laptop, Windows XP installed it fine and said "This Hardware is Now Ready To Use" or whatever it says when it's done installing.

    Anyway, it never shows up in My Computer, despite countless refreshes. When I right click My Computer and click Manage, the manage window just hangs and never shows up until I unplug or turn off the hard drive, after which the manage window will pop up instantly. What gives?

    Also, if the hard drive is plugged up when I reboot my computer, my computer will not boot and will hang after the Windows XP loading screen, but if I unplug it or turn it off, it will resume booting. :wtc:
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    USB 2.0 hard drive on a laptop with only USB 1.1? :dunno:
     
  3. Sexual Vanilla

    Sexual Vanilla New Member

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    You may be right, the laptop is older and is only USB 1.1 while the drive is 2.0. However, I looked through the manual of the drive and it said it would function on USB 1.1 as it was "backward compatible."
     
  4. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    That may be, but USB 1.1 was really slow for hard drives.
    How long have you waited before shutting it down when it was hanging?
    It might be that it was just that slow to initiate a data transfer.
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You could also try to access it from a different area.

    Try to go to control panel > administrative tools > computer management >
    disk management.

    Maybe it will open up from there.
     
  6. Sexual Vanilla

    Sexual Vanilla New Member

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    Tried that as well. Anywhere I go that has to access the drives of my computer will hang until the second I unplug the drive. :o

    And I waited around 5 minutes for the window to appear.
     
  7. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    The answer is simply tell your employer to give you a have decent laptop rather than 300 GB HD that doesn't work well with USB 1.1.
     
  8. cmsurfer

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    Do you have another machine to try it on to see if it works?
     
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    you can get a usb 2.0 pcmcia card. I have an extra one. :wiggle:
     
  10. Sexual Vanilla

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    Okay the problem seemed to fix itself. I left the hard drive plugged in while I left for around 2-3 hours, and when I came back, the drive had appeared and is functioning as it should. :dunno:
     
  11. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Told ya.:wiggle:
     

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