External Hard Drive not installing on VISTA

By kaushikparsha
Jan 17, 2008
  1. I have an HP pavillion laptop with vista as the OS.

    Since a couple of months I have been having a problem with external USB hard drives. Whenever I plug them in, windows tries to install the driver but fails everytime and just says that the device wont work.
    I used to think probably thats coz of vista compatibility issues.
    But a couple of days ago I bought a Western Digital 120GB USB HDD and the same problem repeated.
    The problem is that the same Hard drive got installed seamlessly on a friends laptop with vista....thus ruling out Vista compatibility issues.

    I am Guessing there is a problem with the drivers.

    Another problem, which I think may or may not be related is that since a couple of months my Auto play has not been working for any device i.e. DVD/CD/USB pen drive etc....

    Tried a lot of ways to solve the issues but nothing seems to work.... tried registry entry tweaks but to no avail....

    Really frustrated with this problem....

    Can you please suggest a way out.

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