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External hdd won't mount in XP Pro

By k.jacko
Jan 16, 2008
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  1. I've epxerienced this plenty over the years, but never really found a good-for-all cure.
    I've been reformatting some 2.5" hdd's by putting them into an external caddy and mounting on my XP Pro desktop etc.
    I've done 2 drives this morning no problem.
    The last one gives a 'bing bong' sound as it does when windows recognises hardware. It tells me the hardware is installed an ready to use, but it won't mount, so i can't do anything with it. Unlugging it and replugging it in, gives the same 'bing bong' but still won't mount.
    I've looked in computer management and refreshed the drives lists, but nothing.
    Can't think of what else to do.....HELP!....please
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    Dead drive, perhaps? If the other drives working in this same caddy and all the connections and jumpers are set correctly, there isn't much else you can blame!
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,368   +302

    hum; what system was the HD taken from: Macintosh (AFS), Linux (Ext3)?

    there are file systems that Windows does not support :)
  4. k.jacko

    k.jacko Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 743

    It was an IBM thinkpad running win98, so it would have been fat32.
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