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Which external HDD is compatible with Vista x64?

Q

Qu0ll

#1
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?

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G

Gary Mount

#2
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
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> 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)
 

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Q

Qu0ll

#3
"Gary Mount" <gary_mount@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> 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.

--
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-Q
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KingOfChaos

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#4
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

#5
"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.

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-Q
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KingOfChaos

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#6
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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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Velocity Micro, HP Pavillion
    CPU
    Intel 2 Quad Core Q9400, AMD Athlon 64 x2 4400+
    Memory
    8 GBs DDR3, 4 GB DDR2 PC5300 (667 MHZ)
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVIDIA GTS 250 (over clocked), nVIDIA 6150SE n430
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP w1907
    PSU
    440 Watts
    Case
    Velocity Micro
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Trackman Marble ++
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15
    Internet Speed
    2 mbps
B

Bob Eyster

#7
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.

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"Qu0ll" <Qu0llSixFour@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> "Gary Mount" <gary_mount@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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>

>> 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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B

Bob Eyster

#8
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.

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Bob Eyster
MS Windows Vista Home Premium



"Qu0ll" <Qu0llSixFour@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> "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)
 

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Q

Qu0ll

#9
"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.

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Qu0ll

#10
"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?

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Bob Eyster

#11
No, but what you described indicates that at one time both may have been
connected.

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MS Windows Vista Home Premium



"Qu0ll" <Qu0llSixFour@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> "Bob Eyster" <reyster1@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:#FuGBMNkIHA.5280@xxxxxx
>

>> 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
> _________________________________________________
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> (Replace the "SixFour" with numbers to email me)
 

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