Thanks for the advice. I did as you suggested to no avail. No malware found. I also removed the drive via device manager and restarted the computer. Vista quickly re-installed the device.
For all I can tell, any application that already references a specific path on that drive can still access it ... but I cannot. Access Denied.
I even tried to create a new Admin acct on the system, but that did not change anything either.
Another strange thing is that it works on my Powerbook (G4)! I just installed the NTFS extension that came with the drive and can access all of the files easily.
The other thing i tried was posted here: in this forum
. it made it through most of the files then said "The data area passed to a system call is too small."
Any other advice would be very helpful. Again, thanks for your time.