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External USB Hard Drive problems

By Sidereal
Apr 14, 2007
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  1. I'm starting to lose all hope for this, but maybe someone here can help me with this problem.

    I have a Western Digital 250GB USB External Hard Drive. It's connected via USB 2.0, and I've not had any problems until yesterday/today.

    I'm running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, with all current updates. The computer is an HP Pavilion 515x.

    My problem lies in the fact that up until yesterday, my hard drive worked flawlessly. At some point during the day yesterday, though, the hard drive stopped working, but I was away at work while it happened.

    After an hour or so of working with it, I got it to work again. Problem solved, or so I thought.

    However, at some point during the night last night, while I was downloading and updating some programs, it apparently ran into the same problem. Now, like before, when the hard drive is connected, I get the balloon "USB Device Not Recognized", and other times, it will say that it's been installed and is ready to use, but I can't access any of the files. Instead, it shows up as "Local Disk (G:)" in My Computer.

    Opening it reveals nothing.

    I went to it's properties and populated the drive, but it now says that it's either Not Applicable for Partition Type, or it'll show up with the main computer's drives, saying that the hard drive is merely 37 GB.

    I'd really appreciate any help I can get, and if you need more information, let me know. I tried to include everything that I could think of others asking about, but may have forgotten something.
  2. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook Newcomer, in training Posts: 528

    Next time your drive goes up, backup all the data you can, then perform a format on that drive, see if that clears it up.
  3. robin_bga

    robin_bga Newcomer, in training Posts: 258

    u can also try going to computer management and click on disk management then locate it and right click on its partition,then select MAKE PARTITION AS ACTIVE.if that fails,get a linux livecd of any distro and boot it in,then try getting your data off.and do a full format,then partition into two.that should help.wish u luck.Robin
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