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External hard drive not recognized by Windows Vista

  1. #1


    Jill Guest

    External hard drive not recognized by Windows Vista

    My laptop was stolen recently and the new one has Vista Home Premium, while
    my old one had XP. Most of my external devices worked fine with Vista, but my
    external hard drive which has all my photos and complete iTunes library isn´t
    recognized by my new computer. For example, when I try to play a song from my
    iTunes library I get the message that it won't play because it can't find the
    original archive. I use these songs to practice and many are songs of our
    group that I recorded as pistas and now I can't access them, this is NOT
    FUNNY!!! Help!

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  2. #2


    Elden Dederscheck Guest

    RE: External hard drive not recognized by Windows Vista

    It is very hard to say what exactly is going on here, so I will ask a few
    questions and try to help out in any way that I can.

    What company manufactured your external drive? When you plug it in do you
    recieve any notification, in the lower-right corner of the screen, that would
    indicate Windows Vista does recognize that a new USB devices has been plugged
    in?

    There are a number of possibilities here, so I am simply trying to narrow
    them down.

    "Jill" wrote:

    > My laptop was stolen recently and the new one has Vista Home Premium, while
    > my old one had XP. Most of my external devices worked fine with Vista, but my
    > external hard drive which has all my photos and complete iTunes library isn´t
    > recognized by my new computer. For example, when I try to play a song from my
    > iTunes library I get the message that it won't play because it can't find the
    > original archive. I use these songs to practice and many are songs of our
    > group that I recorded as pistas and now I can't access them, this is NOT
    > FUNNY!!! Help!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Jill Guest

    RE: External hard drive not recognized by Windows Vista

    Hi Elden, hopefully you can help me. My external is a WD My Book 250 gB and I
    don't get any notification of a new USB device and it's not listed as
    hardware in ¨my computer¨, but my external DVD drive and floppy drive DO show
    up. I don't think there's any connection, but my old laptop (a Dell) and my
    external hard drive I brought to Mexico from the States and my new laptop (a
    Toshiba) I bought here in Mexico. A friend of mine did something about a
    month ago and it was recognized, but now it's back the way it started, not
    recognized. I did try it in all the USB ports...


    "Elden Dederscheck" wrote:

    > It is very hard to say what exactly is going on here, so I will ask a few
    > questions and try to help out in any way that I can.
    >
    > What company manufactured your external drive? When you plug it in do you
    > recieve any notification, in the lower-right corner of the screen, that would
    > indicate Windows Vista does recognize that a new USB devices has been plugged
    > in?
    >
    > There are a number of possibilities here, so I am simply trying to narrow
    > them down.
    >
    > "Jill" wrote:
    >

    > > My laptop was stolen recently and the new one has Vista Home Premium, while
    > > my old one had XP. Most of my external devices worked fine with Vista, but my
    > > external hard drive which has all my photos and complete iTunes library isn´t
    > > recognized by my new computer. For example, when I try to play a song from my
    > > iTunes library I get the message that it won't play because it can't find the
    > > original archive. I use these songs to practice and many are songs of our
    > > group that I recorded as pistas and now I can't access them, this is NOT
    > > FUNNY!!! Help!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    jaf Guest

    Re: External hard drive not recognized by Windows Vista

    Hi Jill,
    Do you access a network with "network drives"?
    You may have a conflicting drive letter mapping.
    Check the drive letters in administrative tools>computer management, click on storage.


    John


    "Jill" <Jill@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:AE20E601-AA81-4531-9037-32DA94F22FAC@xxxxxx

    > Hi Elden, hopefully you can help me. My external is a WD My Book 250 gB and I
    > don't get any notification of a new USB device and it's not listed as
    > hardware in ¨my computer¨, but my external DVD drive and floppy drive DO show
    > up. I don't think there's any connection, but my old laptop (a Dell) and my
    > external hard drive I brought to Mexico from the States and my new laptop (a
    > Toshiba) I bought here in Mexico. A friend of mine did something about a
    > month ago and it was recognized, but now it's back the way it started, not
    > recognized. I did try it in all the USB ports...
    >
    >
    > "Elden Dederscheck" wrote:
    >

    >> It is very hard to say what exactly is going on here, so I will ask a few
    >> questions and try to help out in any way that I can.
    >>
    >> What company manufactured your external drive? When you plug it in do you
    >> recieve any notification, in the lower-right corner of the screen, that would
    >> indicate Windows Vista does recognize that a new USB devices has been plugged
    >> in?
    >>
    >> There are a number of possibilities here, so I am simply trying to narrow
    >> them down.
    >>
    >> "Jill" wrote:
    >>

    >> > My laptop was stolen recently and the new one has Vista Home Premium, while
    >> > my old one had XP. Most of my external devices worked fine with Vista, but my
    >> > external hard drive which has all my photos and complete iTunes library isn´t
    >> > recognized by my new computer. For example, when I try to play a song from my
    >> > iTunes library I get the message that it won't play because it can't find the
    >> > original archive. I use these songs to practice and many are songs of our
    >> > group that I recorded as pistas and now I can't access them, this is NOT
    >> > FUNNY!!! Help!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Elden Dederscheck Guest

    RE: External hard drive not recognized by Windows Vista

    If I understand correctly your Western Digital (WD) drive is not being
    recognized when you plug in the USB cable, but other USB devices are. Given
    this information I can safely say that USB ports are not the issue. I have
    checked the WD website for incompatibility issues and found only this notice:

    http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc....i=&p_topview=1

    So there are a few things it could be. The first would be that you simply
    need to download this update. Another possibility is a power issue. Is the AC
    Adapter plugged in when you try to use it? If so, do any lights come on?
    Another possibility could be the drive itself. Are you hearing any clicking,
    or other odd noises, coming from the drive?

    Another user mentioned the network issue. Have you tried his/her suggestion?
    That would be another thing to check.

    If the update is not needed, it's not a power issue, the network issue, and
    the drive is still in good condition, then I am not sure what could be going
    on here.

    "Jill" wrote:

    > Hi Elden, hopefully you can help me. My external is a WD My Book 250 gB and I
    > don't get any notification of a new USB device and it's not listed as
    > hardware in ¨my computer¨, but my external DVD drive and floppy drive DO show
    > up. I don't think there's any connection, but my old laptop (a Dell) and my
    > external hard drive I brought to Mexico from the States and my new laptop (a
    > Toshiba) I bought here in Mexico. A friend of mine did something about a
    > month ago and it was recognized, but now it's back the way it started, not
    > recognized. I did try it in all the USB ports...

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Walter Donavan Guest

    Re: External hard drive not recognized by Windows Vista

    Check the connections (power cord and USB cable). USB cables can feel like
    they are connected and still not *be* connected. So can the power cord.
    Check both ends of both.

    I have that problem occasionally with my external WD drive. I just wiggle
    stuff until the drive works.

    HTH.

    Walter


      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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