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Which external HDD is compatible with Vista x64?

  1. #1


    Qu0ll Guest

    Which external HDD is compatible with Vista x64?

    I am trying to find an external hard disk drive that is fully compatible
    with Vista x64.

    I purchased a Western Digital My Book Premium II drive and it doesn't work
    properly even though their web site states that is Vista compatible. I
    contacted them and they fairly ridiculed me for assuming that that meant it
    would be compatible with 64-bit Vista. I can still use the drive to
    actually copy files to but there is no 64-bit driver so the bundled software
    doesn't work and Vista keeps telling me that it needs to install a driver
    for this device.

    I contacted Seagate about their FreeAgent Pro product and they claim it
    should work even though there is also no 64-bit driver for it. I don't
    trust that statement after my experience with the WD drive.

    Does anyone have an external HDD that works fully with Vista x64?

    --
    And loving it,

    -Q
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  3. #2


    Gary Mount Guest

    Re: Which external HDD is compatible with Vista x64?

    I have a WD My Book that I plug into the eSata port of my Vista 64bit and it
    works just fine. I don't bother with any of the software that came with it.

    "Qu0ll" <Qu0llSixFour@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:59E8C85D-F80B-4AC1-92B4-4FEA693C3AD0@xxxxxx

    > I am trying to find an external hard disk drive that is fully compatible
    > with Vista x64.
    >
    > I purchased a Western Digital My Book Premium II drive and it doesn't work
    > properly even though their web site states that is Vista compatible. I
    > contacted them and they fairly ridiculed me for assuming that that meant
    > it would be compatible with 64-bit Vista. I can still use the drive to
    > actually copy files to but there is no 64-bit driver so the bundled
    > software doesn't work and Vista keeps telling me that it needs to install
    > a driver for this device.
    >
    > I contacted Seagate about their FreeAgent Pro product and they claim it
    > should work even though there is also no 64-bit driver for it. I don't
    > trust that statement after my experience with the WD drive.
    >
    > Does anyone have an external HDD that works fully with Vista x64?
    >
    > --
    > And loving it,
    >
    > -Q
    > _________________________________________________
    > Qu0llSixFour@xxxxxx
    > (Replace the "SixFour" with numbers to email me)

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #3


    Qu0ll Guest

    Re: Which external HDD is compatible with Vista x64?

    "Gary Mount" <gary_mount@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:OKhJoaHkIHA.5584@xxxxxx

    > I have a WD My Book that I plug into the eSata port of my Vista 64bit and
    > it works just fine. I don't bother with any of the software that came with
    > it.
    Mine is connected via 1394. The Button Manager doesn't work, the RAID
    Manager doesn't work and the inner concentric circle on the device itself is
    supposed to display the usage of the drive, It doesn't.

    Western Digital told me that some of the My Book series ARE compatible with
    64-bit but that the Premium II model is not.

    --
    And loving it,

    -Q
    _________________________________________________
    Qu0llSixFour@xxxxxx
    (Replace the "SixFour" with numbers to email me)


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    The Master of Evil
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    Re: Which external HDD is compatible with Vista x64?

    Connect it via USB and the drivers will install automatically. I attempted to connect it through firewire at first as well and Windows wouldn't even recognize it and the disk didn't come with the drivers on it already. So I plugged it into a USB port and BAM, Vista took care of it.

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    Qu0ll Guest

    Re: Which external HDD is compatible with Vista x64?

    "KingOfChaos" <KingOfChaos.36ys63@xxxxxx-mx.forums.net> wrote in message
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    >
    > Connect it via USB and the drivers will install automatically. I
    > attempted to connect it through firewire at first as well and Windows
    > wouldn't even recognize it and the disk didn't come with the drivers on
    > it already. So I plugged it into a USB port and BAM, Vista took care of
    > it.
    If you are referring to the same device (there are lots of different My Book
    models of which some actually are 64-bit compatible) then I originally tried
    USB and got the same results. I ended up with 2 devices listed in Device
    Manager, one under Disk Drives which is said to be working properly and the
    other under Other Devices which has an "!" next to it complaining that it
    doesn't have a driver.

    Are you using a My Book Premium II 2TB drive and, if so, have you looked in
    Device Manager? Do you get prompted to install a driver every time Windows
    starts? As I said, it does work in that I can store files on it but these
    other problems are the issue here.

    --
    And loving it,

    -Q
    _________________________________________________
    Qu0llSixFour@xxxxxx
    (Replace the "SixFour" with numbers to email me)


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #6



    The Master of Evil
    Join Date : Mar 2008
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    Re: Which external HDD is compatible with Vista x64?

    I am using a My Book Premium I with 1 TB of space and no, I didn't have that problem. I did have to reformat the drive myself and even now I cannot have the drive actually on when rebooting my system because it makes it freeze on the HP Invent boot up screen if I do. However, the drive works fine if I turn it on after windows starts loading and it shuts down and turns on fine with the drive active.

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  8. #7


    Bob Eyster Guest

    Re: Which external HDD is compatible with Vista x64?

    FYI,

    I had problems with the 1394 (Fire Wire) port on 32Bit Vista. I have to
    connect the drive to an USB port to get it working right.

    --

    Bob Eyster
    MS Windows Vista Home Premium



    "Qu0ll" <Qu0llSixFour@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    > "Gary Mount" <gary_mount@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:OKhJoaHkIHA.5584@xxxxxx
    >

    >> I have a WD My Book that I plug into the eSata port of my Vista 64bit and
    >> it works just fine. I don't bother with any of the software that came
    >> with it.
    >
    > Mine is connected via 1394. The Button Manager doesn't work, the RAID
    > Manager doesn't work and the inner concentric circle on the device itself
    > is supposed to display the usage of the drive, It doesn't.
    >
    > Western Digital told me that some of the My Book series ARE compatible
    > with 64-bit but that the Premium II model is not.
    >
    > --
    > And loving it,
    >
    > -Q
    > _________________________________________________
    > Qu0llSixFour@xxxxxx
    > (Replace the "SixFour" with numbers to email me)

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #8


    Bob Eyster Guest

    Re: Which external HDD is compatible with Vista x64?

    It sound like you may have both the USB and Fire wire cable connected to
    your PC. The problem you are having is with the fire wire. Unplug this cable
    and your problem may go away.

    --

    Bob Eyster
    MS Windows Vista Home Premium



    "Qu0ll" <Qu0llSixFour@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:OQfNP3IkIHA.5396@xxxxxx

    > "KingOfChaos" <KingOfChaos.36ys63@xxxxxx-mx.forums.net> wrote in message
    > news:KingOfChaos.36ys63@xxxxxx-mx.forums.net...

    >>
    >> Connect it via USB and the drivers will install automatically. I
    >> attempted to connect it through firewire at first as well and Windows
    >> wouldn't even recognize it and the disk didn't come with the drivers on
    >> it already. So I plugged it into a USB port and BAM, Vista took care of
    >> it.
    >
    > If you are referring to the same device (there are lots of different My
    > Book models of which some actually are 64-bit compatible) then I
    > originally tried USB and got the same results. I ended up with 2 devices
    > listed in Device Manager, one under Disk Drives which is said to be
    > working properly and the other under Other Devices which has an "!" next
    > to it complaining that it doesn't have a driver.
    >
    > Are you using a My Book Premium II 2TB drive and, if so, have you looked
    > in Device Manager? Do you get prompted to install a driver every time
    > Windows starts? As I said, it does work in that I can store files on it
    > but these other problems are the issue here.
    >
    > --
    > And loving it,
    >
    > -Q
    > _________________________________________________
    > Qu0llSixFour@xxxxxx
    > (Replace the "SixFour" with numbers to email me)

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Qu0ll Guest

    Re: Which external HDD is compatible with Vista x64?

    "Bob Eyster" <reyster1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    > FYI,
    >
    > I had problems with the 1394 (Fire Wire) port on 32Bit Vista. I have to
    > connect the drive to an USB port to get it working right.
    I have tried it with USB as well and it is somewhat better in that the usage
    feature seems to work but I still have the same problems with the driver.

    --
    And loving it,

    -Q
    _________________________________________________
    Qu0llSixFour@xxxxxx
    (Replace the "SixFour" with numbers to email me)


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    Qu0ll Guest

    Re: Which external HDD is compatible with Vista x64?

    "Bob Eyster" <reyster1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    > It sound like you may have both the USB and Fire wire cable connected to
    > your PC. The problem you are having is with the fire wire. Unplug this
    > cable and your problem may go away.
    LOL. Do I sound that lame?

    --
    And loving it,

    -Q
    _________________________________________________
    Qu0llSixFour@xxxxxx
    (Replace the "SixFour" with numbers to email me)


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