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Unable to access or format external hard drives

Q: Unable to access or format external hard drives

I have 2 ADATA 500 GB external hard drives. I plugged them into the USB port and the computer recognized them by name and installed the driver files. It assigned both of them a drive letter but then gave me a message saying that they needed to be formatted. I clicked ok since they are brand new drives and do not have any data on them, but the format failed to complete on both drives. I took both drives to another PC running Windows Vista and they were recognized and accessible. I even transferred a few files to them for testing purposes; however, when I plugged them back into my Alienware laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, then I got the same error. If I go to the disk manager, then I can see the drives by their drive letter and they are listed as healthy with a primary partition but the file format shows as RAW. I tried to use the device manager and uninstall the USB Mass Storage Device drivers for each drive and then I unplugged them and plugged them in again and I would get a device driver installation message that identifies the drives by name and tells me that the device drivers were installed correctly and that my devices are ready for use but then a few minutes later I will get a message telling me to format the drives. Please help. I've run out of things to try. I can still access my iPhone via USB and my USB wireless mouse still works so I know my USB ports are good.

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Preferred Solution: Unable to access or format external hard drives

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Unable to access or format external hard drives

Try this link and see it helps ya any:

Windows Unable to Format External Hard Drive

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Hello guys, the rookie is back... ,

Last week, I got help to re-take ownership of my personal dox folder, to which I could not access anymore; I then made a backup on an external hard drive.

Now I tried for the last days to format the internals c: and d: hard disks. Looks like impossible to achieve. I tried from the explorer, format starts, but does not run and this for hours and hours. So I tried opening a dos windows, still running windows Xp, I started from the c: drive, as it's on this one that I would like to re-install later my Xp french version, which does not starts anymore. On the d: drive, I have an english version installed, and it's from this one that I am trying to format the c: drive. It started, reached 91 % of formatting c: drive, and then got stucked... I left the machine running the whole night, but remained to 91 %.

I do not have anymore a floppy disk, like on my other older laptop, so I do not know what to do to get to the dos only, on my newer machine, with a cd R/W.

No more ideas, now I'm lost... I would like to format the c: drive, then the d: drive, and then re-install windows from my original cds. I will re-install only the french version, as my problems started when the conflicts between the French and the English version of XP made me loose ownership to my own "My documents" folder.

How can I format my drives ? Any help will be very much appreciated.

Thank you very much in advance.

Fred, from Geneva, Switzerland.
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A:Unable to format hard drives c: and d:

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Hi I recently upgraded my PC to windows 10 and every since have been unable to access any USB external drive.

The laptop picks up the drives and acknowledges that they are there and working but they do not appear in file explorer.

I have looked in disk management and the drives are there and healthy.

The USB ports work 100% as i have plugged in keyboards etc to test and all the drives i've tried work with other computers.

I've tried everything I could find on forums that have worked for other people. I've reinstalled windows twice. Ran various disk cleanup utilities, checked for hidden drives etc.

I need to upload video files to my laptop to edit for work, so need to resolve this ASAP :/

Any help or ideas is greatly appreciated!

Thank you

A:Unable to access external USB Drives!

Hi, some people seem to experience this, particularly with Seagate drives.

You might try disabling fast startup, or plugging them in to a USB2 port

Windows 10 can't find external USB 3.0 drives... - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums

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Hi All,

I have a Seagate external hard drive of 500 GB and I am trying to format it.

I am using a win 7 laptop ... I am able to do a Quick format but normal format was going infinite and is showing no progress.

Can you help with any tool or procedure to format my external drive.

Thanks,
Ramesh

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Hi!

Simply as the title says, I was connecting my 1tb drive to my laptop when strangely it asks me to format my drive. I had assumed it had been disconnected improperly and decided to accept the loss and reformat.

However, once commanding the drive to format Windows soon brings up an error message.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Windows Unable to Format External Hard Drive

What error message did you get when you ok'd the FORMAT?

Also, can you post a screenshot from DISKMGMT showing that external drive? Full-screen please, with columns spread to show the contents of the columns.

Has this drive been used successfully before, and all of a sudden it asked to be formatted?

And yes, removable drives should be "safely removed" before disconnecting to ensure flushing out all data in buffers.

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I am quickly discovering all I don’t know about formatting and organizing hard drives. I have an old 2.5 inch, 160GB Segate laptop hard drive, which I have connected using a USB enclosure. At one time, it had a copy of Windows XP, but after I upgraded to a larger hard drive, I used this one for backups and misc file storage.

Recently, I decided to see if I could Restore a recently built Windows 7 image (on another PC) onto this HD. In preparation, I decided to “clean up” the drive so I did a series of activities to try and remove old files and make the HD as clean as possible for the new image. These activities included removing partitions and other disc cleaning procedures. All this has left me with a single RAW partition and all sorts of errors when I attempt to format the drive. I am unable to format the drive. Here is what it looks like in Disk Management.

I have no interest in recovering any data from the HD. I merely want it formatted and ready to accept the image file when I attempt the Recovery process. Right now, I can see the HD in Disk Management, but if I click on the drive in Windows Explorer it says it needs to be formatted. If I attempt to format the drive it fails.

I’ve read so many posts that I’m now just running in circles because I’m not sure how much I’m reading is applicable to my situation and what is not.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

A:Unable to format external hard drive (single RAW partition)

You might try a Bootable version of Partition Wizard to clean and format this HD.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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Hi there,

I need some good advice here, I hope someone can help me.

I just bought a usb3.0 320gb external hard drive the brand and model are: "Imation Apollo M100"

I plugged it into a usb 3 port and it worked but I wanted to format it before i used it, so i right clicked on it in my computer, and clicked format from the drop down box.

I selected quick format and then started it. It ran for a while, then a box popped up saying: unable to complete format" or something to that effect. after that it was inaccessible. the drive showed in my computer as "local disk H:" or something like that. there was no gauge below it indicating the amount of data remaining on the disc, like all the others (ie: "30gb of 465gb left" which is displayed below my internal hard drives)

from the control panel i went to system & security -> create and format hard disk partitions. in disk management it was there with a 1mb partition and the balance of the space as RAW. so i deleted it and tried to format it again with the same result (minus the 1mb partition) i unplugged it and tried the process again, this time i unchecked "quick format", and still no dice.

now it wont pick up at all... i hear the ding dong when i plug it in, but it doesn't show up anywhere, in my computer or in disk manager.

Has anyone got any idea whats going on or what i have done wrong? im normally able to figure this stuff out but im completely stuck... ... Read more

A:external hard drive problem, unable to detect or format

Hi,

1. Try to connect the USB 3 drive to a USB 2 port, just to discard any problems with USB 3.0 port?

2. Goto Start>Control Panel>select "Icon View">Device Manager
Click the "View" tab and select "Show Hidden Devices"
In the Device Manager window, find the item/items labeled "Universal Serial Bus controllers." And expand.
Now plug the device in. Do you see a USB mass storage driver appear under USB?
Try all USB ports.

3. Also do you see any devices in Device Manager listed as Other or Unknown, or having a yellow symbol?
If so right-click and Update.

4. Update the driver for your USB 3.0.

cheers

Dave

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I recently bought an SSD for my netbook, and took out the HDD and put it in an enclosure. When I connect it to either of my computers, it does not show up in my computer. I can see it in disk management and device manager, but I am not given the option to format or even partition it. I can change the driver letter, which I have, but nothing has changed.

The light on the external drive is on, so I don't think it's a hardware problem. Anyone have any suggestions?


Thanks!

A:Cannot access/format external hard drive, please help

Did you assign it a drive letter?

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I have purchased, installed all of my pertinent programs and files, and have begun using my lovely new HP laptop. All is well but for one major issue.
The new laptop does not have an SD card slot. I did not think this would be a big deal, but it is turning out to be a major pain.

Background Details:
New HP EliteBook
OS - Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64
Full Administrator
I have been completely and miserably unable to access various thumb drives and micro SD cards via two different card readers. Each external drive that has appeared but not allowed me access has been on FAT32-formatted media.
The external drives appear in Windows Explorer as Drive F:\

When I double click the drive icon to view the files therein, I receive the following message:
"You don't currently have permission to access this folder. Click Continue to permanently get access to this folder."

When I click "Continue," I receive the following message: "You have been denied permission to access this folder. To gain access to this folder you will need to use the security tab."

When I right click the drive's icon, there is NO SECURITY TAB.

I have also attempted these same steps and received these same results after setting my UAC settings tab all the way down to "Never Notify me when"

I have also attempted to gain access to the drive and give myself the permissions that I should already have as Administrator via a Command Prompt.

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A:Unable to gain access as Admin to external (FAT32) drives.

Hello MdmRptr. Welcome to the forum.

ACL refers to a Access Control List. This is a type of file security protocol.
Access control list - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

You may need to remove the ACL in order to access the files normally in Windows.

Looking up ACL brings up a lot of Oracle links. Are you - were you - using an Oracle product with these cards/files?
Using Access Control Lists (ACLs) (System Administration Guide, Volume 2)

If it was an Oracle product you could use the method to remove the ACLs here:
http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E19253-01/...ji4/index.html

If you were using a Linux program you could start here to investigate the removal of the ACL in Linux:
setfacl

First I've heard of ACLs. Maybe this info will help to point you in the right direction.

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Okay so I'm Unable to delete corrupted folder on 1 of my external hard drives, I have downloaded the program Eraser and that has not worked, I have permissions and have 'taken Ownership' and still the folder will not delete. Chkdsk takes about 2 days to run so I have not ran it because I use the drive daily. Any other suggestions?

Thanks,

majikwiz1
 

A:Unable to delete corrupted folder on 1 of my external hard drives. Help.

Welcome to TSG, Majikwiz1.
Only suggestion I have would be to take everything else off the drive, and try reformatting it. Then you can put everything back on.
 

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For some reason about 75% of the time when I have an external hard drive plugged in to either my laptop or desktop computer (both running Windows XP Professional SP3) it won?t let me safely remove the drive when I?m done with it; the error message I get on both computers when trying to remove the drive using ?Safely Remove Hardware? is: The device ?Generic volume? cannot be stopped because a program is still accessing it. Except no programs are accessing it, not even Explorer. I?ll then have to shut the entire computer off in order to remove the drive since nothing else seems to work.I did try the steps listed at this site but I still got the same ?Generic volume? error message after closing the two threads that were accessing the external drive and Process Explorer didn?t show anything at all as accessing it once I had closed the threads that were there. If it helps, the two threads were apparently the same thing at the same location: F:\System Volume Information\EfaData\SYMEFA.DBI googled that file/file path but didn?t really find anything that related to my problem. So could anyone here help me out? Like I said, this happens on both my laptop and my desktop computers which aren?t connected to each other in any way so in addition to wondering why I?m getting this message to begin with I?m wondering why I?m getting it on both machines.Any info or advice would be much appreciated.

A:Unable to “safely remove” external hard drives on either of my computers

Hi -Microsoft has published an article on this - It may help you, or at least worth a try -1. Download a free utility from a third-party Web site at the following address:http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/ProcessExplorer.html 2. Click Find, Find Handle or DLL in the tool menu. ? Type the drive letter of the USB device in the Handle or DLL substring textbox, and press Search Button.? Find the process and its PID in the following box.? In system process tree view, find the process according to the Find Handle or DLL dialog box.? Press Ctrl + H to show Handles in Lower Pane View. ? Find the File according with the drive letter , and right click it, choose Close Handle.Thank You -

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Last night I decided to a through cleaning of my computer area.So I unplugged all my peripherals,cleaned the desk and bundled my wires so they didn't look so crappy,blew out a bit of dust and that's it.I then plugged everything back in and tried to boot,but could not.So I booted from my install disc and ran startup repair.It told me to disconnect any external hardware and reboot.It worked.
So I plugged in my Fantom 500g HD and my Western Digital 80g HD. Autorun immediately recognized both drives with no problem.The problem is that when I go to my computer and click on either drive,nothing happens....at all.
I tried to disconnect and reconnect the drives and once again autorun pops up but I found I CAN access my files through the autorun prompt....but that's the only way.

Any suggestions??

Vista Ultimate
HpM8020n
 

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I have three hard drives C F and G. If I double click on either F or G I cannot get into them. I can access them through my network or from a running programme. restore point is also a no-no and at one time I was unable to get on the Internet. Something else [which is a niggle], everytime I log on to Bleeping Computers I have to put in my user name and password even though "Remember Me" is ticked. I have run MalwareBytes, SAS, CCleaner, AdAware,and ATF.
I have read all the instructions and think that I am posting correctly. If I have made any errors then I apologise in advance.

Here are my DDS Logs.
DDS (Ver_09-01-19.01) - NTFSx86
Run by George at 10:27:17.35 on 27/01/2005
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1023.662 [GMT 0:00]
============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Multimedia Card Reader\shwicon2k.exe
C:\Program Files\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\E_FATIAIE.EXE
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A:Unable to access two hard drives

Please can anyone tell me if I need to do anything before putting irreplaceable files on to this computer.

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Hi I'm having a helluva time with getting my Lenovo Y510P to recognize any USB flash drives or external HD. Laptop is virtually new. Came with Win 8 but I installed Windows 7 Pro 64 Service Pack 1. Immediately downloaded and installed all Windows updates. From Lenovo I installed all of the latest drivers and updates, including BIOS, Genesys USB mass storage device, Intel chipset driver and Intel rapid storage technology.
Laptop works great except for this issue.
I can see the flash drive in device manager but nothing in Computer folder. Same goes for Disk Management... no flash drive appears. I have no virtual drives installed so currently no Daemon Tools or similar.
When I plug the drive into any of the 3 USB ports (2 are 3.0, 1 is 2.0) the laptop makes the typical sound that you've connected something. These flash drives and external HD work fine in my other 3 computers here at home (2 laptops and 1 desktop). Some run Win 7... the other Win 8.1.
I tried going to Device Manager and uninstalling all USB controllers and hubs (including drivers), then restarting. My OS reinstalled everything (as soon as I plugged in my mouse and/or flash drive, if I recall correctly), but same issue persists.
I also ran DriveCleanup (claims to be "command app that helps to remove orphaned entries of various drives from the device tree of your system"). Same issue persists.
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A:can't access flash drives or external hard drive

FYI here are pix of BIOS main page and configuration info (USB legacy is enabled).

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Hi,

I have a bunch of old hard drives laying around, and I finally got a USB enclosure so that I could get any old useful data off of them or re-purpose them. Some of them work exactly as expected, I plug them in, they connect, and a new Local Disk appears that I can click into. For several others though, the disk connects and is visible in the "Disk Management" utility but I can't do anything to it. All the options in Disk Management are greyed out, so I can't assign a drive letter or even format it. The only option that isn't greyed out is "Convert to Dynamic Drive", and when I tried it out of curiosity to see if it might make the other options available, it failed.

I find it hard to believe that these drives are completely useless and inaccessible. Is there some kind of trick or method that I'm missing? I've tried googling this problem, but it hasn't really gotten me anywhere.
 

A:Can't Access Old Hard Drives With External Enclosure (Win10)

If you are using a desktop, connect it to the internal SATA port and bypass the enclosure. They are not always the most reliable.
 

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One evening I attempted to install windows 8. After the installation it repeatedly booted back into the windows installation. After removing the install disk, it booted into windows 7 normally. I decided to install a clean copy of windows 7 and that's when the problem appeared. The windows insall will not allow me access to ANY hard drive shown. Says unable to find windows partition or something like that. I've tried reformatting all the drives and same message always comes up. I cannot re-install Windows 7?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:Unable to access Hard Drives in Windows 7 installation

It MIGHT be because Windows 8 installed as a GPT Partition...

But, Windows 7 and Vista can only see a GPT Partition as a non-booting data drive, unless using an UEFI BIOS.

Which MIGHT be why your Windows installation 'cannot see' an INSTALLABLE drive.

I would suggest Booting from a LINUX Bootable CD or USB Stick and reformat the Hard Drive to MBR,
i.e. delete the partition and recreate it as MBR and format to NTFS

Then reinstall Windows 7...

Hope this was helpful

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I have had two hard drives installed on my computer.

They all worked well for more than two years.

Today, however, after downloading a freeware program to a flash drive, I sought to access some information that I had stored on a second flash drive.

To do this, I went to Start, My Computer.....

What I found was a great surprise!

Although in the My Computer window I found the icon for the flash drive to which I had downloaded the freeware program.....

Missing were the icons for both external drives and the icon for a second flash drive, all of which were operative earlier in the day.

I would be most grateful for any assistance you might provide me.

Cordially
geoheid

Computer specs

Microsoft Windows XP Pro
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

Computer:

Intel® Core ™2 CPU
6600 @ 2.40 GB of RAM
2.41 GHz. 2.00GB of RAM
Physical Address Extension
 

A:Loss of icons in My Computer to access two installed external hard drives...

Right-click My Computer/Manage/Disk Management. Do the drives appear there?

Raybro
 

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Yesterday, for no apparent reason, my external hard drive became suddenly not accessible.

When I click on the Local Disk F: icon in MY Computer I get an error message that reads:

F:\ is not accessible
The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

My external hard drive is a Western Digital Essential Portable 320GB USB drive.
My OS is Windows XP w/ SP3.

I have used this drive for the last 2 1/2 years with no problems. I have had it plugged into a USB port on the back of my PC. I tried a side port and another USB cord with no luck.

I have tried using PC Tools Disk Suite to see if I could use it's repair function but it does not seem to be able to access it either and only sees my C: drive.

There is nothing absolutely essential on this drive, being filled mostly with my music collection and some movies, but it would take a great many hours to restore everything.

Is there a way to recover access to this device? If I can't, is it possible to reformat the drive and start over? Or is the whole thing just toast?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I have a Buffalo Drive Station 1TB External Hard Drive. I've used it for three months w/o having any issues w/ it until yesterday. As usual, I plugged it in my pc and waited for it to automatically run. (my os is an xp pro servicepk3 btw) While i was waiting, my I.E. froze, and i got the blue screen of death. After restarting my computer, I tried plugging it in again and it will read, but i just can't access it. It shows up on the bottom right corner where i could 'safely remove it' and when i open up 'my computer' the icon appears as a normal drive (it usually has its specific icon and name) but i can't click in to it. When i attempt to click it, my computer goes in to a long lag. I tried everything i could possibly think of, unplugging the cables, reinstalling the driver, using different ports, etc. Any other ideas?
 

A:Unable to access external hard drive

The Master Boot Record (MBR) may be corrupt. You may have to format the drive again, loosing any data on the drive
 

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Recently, i purchased a Hitachi 3.5" 160 gb hard disk and inserted it into a Sarotech Hardbox portable hard disk drive casing to create my own external hard disk. After i connected it to my laptop, the installation process went smoothly. However, when i click on My Computer, the icon that is supposed to allow me to access my external hard disk drive does not appear. What is the problem and how do i rectify it? the hard disk inside is spinning the way it should be. Thank you very much for your help
 

A:Unable to access external hard disk

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Hi.

My external hard-drive (seagate) stopped working, when I plug it in I get this message:
"You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".

For a long time now whenever I tried safely unplugging it I got the message that it is still being used even though no program was open. so eventually I've been unplungling it not in a safe mode for quite a while.

Needless to say it hold valuable information, I've tried using Recuva and testdisk (which I read on in other posts of the same problem in this forum) without success, it does not manage to access the folders that were on the disk .

I'd appreciate any help with recovering the files,
Thanks,
Merrav.
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Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2430M CPU @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4011 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, 1813 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 459658 MB, Free - 254834 MB;
Motherboard: Sony Corporation, VAIO
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A:Unable to access External Hard Drive

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Hi. I use a 1tb external hard drive to store music, photos and movies. I use it on my Imac, also on my Asus e-book. I see that the external hard drive is partitioned into two. How or why I don't know. What I do know is that the first part is now full, and I cant see the second part when plugged into the USB on either computer. Could anyone help me by suggesting how I can access the second 500gig? Id appreciate answers in plain English, I really dont understand more than the basics, and the clearer ans simpler the answers the more I will learn, and thanks to all those about to read this !
 

A:Unable to access both partitions on external hard drive

Back-up all your data on the first partition.​
Right click on "My computer" and click "manage".This should take you to the computer management screen.​
Look at the left, you should see an option that says "Disk Management"; Click on it.​
You should be able to see all the disc partitions, find your External HDD partitions.​
Right-Click on the 2nd partition and delete it.​
After that right click on your first partition and select the option to "Extend Partition"​
​If you are confused, or need confirmation for anything please don't hesitate to ask.​
 

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After installing a windows update I can't access my external hard drive. When I plug in the USB cord the laptop recognizes it and installs the drivers. However, when I go to My Computer all I see pertaining to the ExHDD is "Removable Disk (D: )" and "Removable Disk (E: )" instead of the old "Maxtor One Touch (_: )" like it did before. Clicking on both D: and E: results in "Please insert a disk into Removable Disk (D/E: )". I've tried doing a system restore back to a week ago and then to 2 weeks before that with no luck. I've also uninstalled all the USB drivers in device manager, restarted, and plugged in the ExHDD again. After plugging it back in the drivers were reinstalled and it nothing else happened. The ExHDD doesn't make any abnormal sounds, it lights up properly too so I don't think it's damaged at all.

It's filled with data so I want to avoid having to erase any of it. Any suggestions on what I should do?
Running Vista on a HP laptop. The external hard drive is a Maxtor One Touch 4 500GB.
 

A:Solved: Unable to access external hard drive

Have you tried a system restore to see if you can get back to where you were?
 

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I connected my WD Passport External Hard Drive after quite some time to my laptop. When it was initially installing the driver, i interrupted the process. My bad!!

The computer recognized the hard drive but with an error. I downloaded the driver from the WD website. The device is recognised in Device Manager but does not appear in My Computer.

How do I gain access to my files??

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Hard Drives: C: Total - 50869 MB, Free - 36961 MB; D: Total - 50869 MB, Free - 40831 MB; E: Total - 50877 MB, Free - 49419 MB;
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A:Solved: External Hard Drive: Unable to access through My Computer

It could be as simple as getting your Windows7 up to date. You are missing SP1 and all post updates. After installing SP1 be sure to restart the computer if it did not do so. Then, using your Windows Update, complete all post updates.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5842
 

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For some reason about 75% of the time when I have an external hard drive plugged in to either my laptop or desktop computer (both running Windows XP Professional SP3) it won?t let me safely remove the drive when I?m done with it; the error message I get on both computers when trying to remove the drive using ?Safely Remove Hardware? is: The device ?Generic volume? cannot be stopped because a program is still accessing it. Except no programs are accessing it, not even Explorer. I?ll then have to shut the entire computer off in order to remove the drive since nothing else seems to work.

I did try the steps listed at this site but I still got the same ?Generic volume? error message after closing the two threads that were accessing the external drive and Process Explorer didn?t show anything at all as accessing it once I had closed the threads that were there. If it helps, the two threads were apparently the same thing at the same location: F:\System Volume Information\EfaData\SYMEFA.DB

I googled that file/file path but didn?t really find anything that related to my problem. So could anyone here help me out? Like I said, this happens on both my laptop and my desktop computers which aren?t connected to each other in any way so in addition to wondering why I?m getting this message to begin with I?m wondering why I?m getting it on both machines.
Any info or advice would be much appreciated.

A:Unable to "safely remove" external hard drives on either of my computers

Program Accessing it message is usually a residual effect of a files cache still running in memory. Windows should have cleared it but in many cases it does not go away. If your right click the Safely Remove Icon in the System Tray, and then Remove the drive, if you get that message, close it and hit it again. 9 times out of 10 it will let you Safely Remove it then. If not, wait a few minutes and try it again, if it refuses, then just unplug it. The only danger is that it may not get recognized if the drive was using a file at the time, but this is rare.

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i am going home for winter break and i wanted to take over some videos i had on my hard drive, but the problem is that it is an internal hard drive, and i want to be able to transfer the data to a laptop. Is there a way that you can turn an internal hard drive into an external hard drive? Or is there a piece of hardware that will alow me to do this?
 

A:Turn internal hard drives into external hard drives

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Yesterday I discovered my computer will no longer read my flash drives, external hard drives or SD cards.  If I plug in any of them, they don’t even show up in Disk Management.  In Device Manager they will show up, but will have a yellow flag and under Properties it says the driver for this device is not installed even though they’ve been used before on the computer.  Clicking “Update Driver” doesn’t help because it searches and says there are no drivers for this device.  If I go to the “Events” tab, it gives the  date and “Device configured (null)”.
 
I restarted my computer today, hoping it might correct this problem, but when restarting I ended up with a message about an inaccessible boot drive.  After going into a loop several times where it told me about the inaccessible boot drive and then restarted again, I finally ended up with a screen that gave me more options for troubleshooting such as doing a system restore point.  I had the computer perform a system restore and finally it took me to the welcome screen and then desktop.  Anyway, rebooting did not correct the problem about my computer not reading my flash drives, external hard drives or SD card.  Any ideas?  Maybe the problems I’m having are related to a recent Windows update (computer seemed to be working fine before the update), but don’t know for sure. 
 
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A:Computer no longer reads flash drives, external hard drives.

What you want to do is to go to the HP wesite's support page, find your computer and you should be able to download the current drivers. Here is a link to the page. https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers

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I am running Windows XP SP3 right now on a Lenovo 7650-ELU and experiencing some odd problems. For some reason, the laptop I have will not recognize USB Flash Drives that I put into it or External Hard Drives. I know that the USB ports work correctly, because I have plugged in optical mouses and keyboards that work. I searched the forums and didn't see anything like this.

It's odd how when I first insert them, it makes the sound and shows the icon in the taskbar that would allow me to safely remove the device, but nothing else. So far, I have gone into the device manager and uninstalled all the USB ports and restarted hoping this would solve my problem, but it continues to do the same thing.

If anyone has some helpful advise, please post. I appreciate all the help.

Cheers!

A:USB Ports Don't Recognize Flash Drives or External Hard Drives

Has it ever worked before?

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I volunteer for a Charity in the main role of IT admin. Part of what I want to do is ensure the Laptops, External Drives and Memory sticks are encrypted, but I am worried if I (try to) encrypt a drive with files already on, they will get messed up. I am not an expert, so would appreciate any advice and guidance anyone can give. Any favourite products? We are a charity so want to pay little or nothing for this. The intention is to ensure any personal information we hold is secure if it falls into the wrong hands. I am clearly looking at making sure no-one uses Laptops/Ext drives/memory sticks that do not belong to the charity when working (self included), but am a little uncertain where to start with this and do not want to make things worse. Any input gratefully received. Probably a simple question for lots of you, but not for me!!
 

A:Encryption of hard drives, external drives and Memory sticks

All the encryption programs I know of support encrypting drives with data. BitLocker and Vercrypt(TrueCrypt port) absolutely do. BitLocker absolutely requires the use of strong Windows passwords as it only protects the drive if its removed or accessed via another boot device. VeraCrypt has the added benefit of having a pre-boot password so you cannot even boot to the operating system without entering the password. You should still of course have strong passwords and automatic locking of the system after a set time of inactivity.

You may also want to re-evaluate the need for USB drives and sticks, not only are they bad for data security but also easy to lose, have stolen, or just fail. Central storage and VPN access may be preferred to a giant pile of external devices that some places end up relying on.
 

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I set up a new computer. Windows 7 Pro 64x
Everything was fine but then I connected a flash drive to it and I get:

Location Not Available
H:\ is not accessible. Access is denied

If I go into the properties to the ?security? tab, it says ?you do not have permission to view or edit this object?s permission settings?

If I go into the ?owner? tab of Advanced Security Settings, current owner says ?Unable to display current owner?
This is on every flash drive and portable hard drive on all 4 usb ports.
I am logged in as the administrator and there is not even another user account on the computer
I?ve run sfc /scannow

I?m absolutely stumped. I?ve never had this happen on any computer where I couldn?t use an external device.

This is not my computer so I?ll have to do whatever remotely.

Thank you for the help.

A:All Flash Drives & External Hard Drives NOT ACCESSIBLE?

Sometimes when I plug in a USB Thumb/Flash drive I get a message about "this device can perform faster if plugged into a USB 2 port" so I shut the computer down and pull the power cord and USB devices from the back of it. After waiting a bit I put everything back and all is good.

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My Windows 10 Home laptop will recognize all of my flash drives but won't recognize any of my external hard drives. They all use to show up but now they aren't. The hard drives show up in disk manager but won't show up in file explorer. I hooked them up to other laptops & they all show up. I've tried uninstalling drivers & reinstalling them but It hasn't worked. Any ideas?

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I have a new computer plus a couple of other computers and I have some external hard drives and flash drives. what is the best way to check these devices to make sure they are clean, will just connecting them and viewing them or running AV and other security checks propose a risk to the computer that is checking?
Thanks for any advise!

A:External Hard drives and flash drives security

zformer,

You can consider the use of the Panda Vaccine on your computer and USB Drives:
Download Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine - MajorGeeks

This tool provides a two way security by vaccinating both computer and/or USB drives.
It work on NTFS, FAT, FAT32 formatted drives.
However, vaccinating a USB drive cannot be undone without formatting the USB disk, using a hex editor, or a File Manager in a Linux distribution..


Next, make sure that your Antivirus can scan USB drives. Some do not have this option.

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They had previously been formatted as Linux. I've removed the partitions successfully. The formatting gets all the way to the end and then fails (using the windows formatting).
 

A:How can I format a couple of older Maxtor external drives in XP?

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Western Digital "My Book 1111" - 1TB external HD, 2.0 USB external HD;

Some time ago I partitioned the above external HD into three separate and distinct Drives - Drives (G:/), (H:/) and (I:/) - see attached diagram below.

I now wish to remove all the data from those drives, and copy all to another and different external hard drive. Reformatting happens after I manage to add the data to another storage external HD.

Once the reformatting (NTFS files system) is done, I want to restore the external HD to its original state by combining all three fields. This snip shows what I wish to do.

Please advise best method

A:External HD partitioned into 3 Drives; Restore to Original Format???

I'm not quite following you.

I don't know what you mean by "original format" or "original state".

When the smoke clears, what do you want to end up with on Disk 1:

One partition?

The same 3 partitions shown in your picture?
Generally speaking, partitions on an external drive can be deleted at will through Windows Disk Management. If you delete all partitions, the external drive would show as 100% "unallocated space". At that point, you can re-partition it as desired.

All of that would be done in Windows Disk Management, using menus.

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Western Digital "My Book 1111" - 1TB external HD, 2.0 USB external HD;

Some time ago I partitioned the above external HD into three separate and distinct Drives - Drives (G:/), (H:/) and (I:/) - see attached diagram below.

I now wish to remove all the data from those drives, and copy all to another and different external hard drive. Reformatting happens after I manage to add the data to another storage external HD.

Once the reformatting (NTFS files system) is done, I want to restore the external HD to its original state by combining all three fields. This snip shows what I wish to do.

Please advise best method

A:External HD partitioned into 3 Drives; Restore to Original Format???

I'm not quite following you.

I don't know what you mean by "original format" or "original state".

When the smoke clears, what do you want to end up with on Disk 1:

One partition?

The same 3 partitions shown in your picture?
Generally speaking, partitions on an external drive can be deleted at will through Windows Disk Management. If you delete all partitions, the external drive would show as 100% "unallocated space". At that point, you can re-partition it as desired.

All of that would be done in Windows Disk Management, using menus.

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I already found out the hard way that flash drives don't have a registry in which I can install a program to it, and run it on other computers, unless the program is a lite program. Is there a way to make it more flexible in the sense of creating a registry for it?

Next question; Do external hard drives have a registry? Could I install games and or programs to an external and run them directly from it? Is there a way to create a registry for it if it does not have one?
Anyone that has anything else to possibly add, I'm more than happy to explore any and all options, so don't be shy!

Help is appreciated, thanks in advance!
 

A:External hard drives / flash drives.

i do not know the particulars of it but yes it is possible to copy/paste a programme file from c drive ,programme files, onto flash drive and run it, i do it myself
 

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I have several old hard drives, taken from previouse CPU's. Is there anyway in which I can use them as external hard drives or be able to read what is stored on them, without hooking up INSIDE my CPU ?
 

A:Old hard drives, can I make them external drives ?

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I have windows 7 pro and recently I have not been able to open up a new folder on any external hard drive or flash drive that I use with my computer. When I use these same flash and external hard drives in another computer it works fine, my initial thought is, there is something disabled in my system or some program is blocking me when I try to create a new folder in my drives. need advice and help.

A:Flash drives and external hard drives

It may be your explorer. Run a sfc /scannow in Command Prompt

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Hi there, I recently found an old 160 gb external hard drive while cleaning the house, so I decided to format it and use it to store a system image, just in case. I started the format and went to bed, but it must have been bumped or something, because the format didn't complete. I tried it a couple more times, and both times it took ~4 hours to tell me that it couldn't complete and that there might be an I/O error, so I uninstalled and reinstalled the driver. Tried it again, and now it tells me that I should check to see if the drive is read only. Not sure how to get around this. Disk management reads the drive as one RAW partition, not active. Any help would be appreciated. Attached is a screenshot of the most recent error.

A:Unable to format external HDD, USB 2.0

Try MiniTool Partition Manager Software for Windows PC and Server

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Hello,
I purchased a WD 2TB internal HD (using it in enclosure) - was able to partition (single simple).  Drive shows in system with drive letter, but blank.  However, when formatting I get error message "Windows unable to complete format".  I am not using Quickformat.  It appears to start to format - progress bar showed appox. 75% complete after about 8 hrs -  but then receive error message.
 
OS is Win 7 64 bit.
Thank you.
 
 
 

A:Unable to format external 2TB HD

If the drive shows with a letter is should already be partitioned and formatted. It should not take 8 hours to format a hard drive.
 
What does Disk Management show when the drive is attached?  Right click Computer > Manage > Disk Management

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I had two 1TB Seagate hd's set up in RAID 0 config. I updated the BIOS on my motherboard and naturally in reset my RAID controller. Since then I have put in a Seagate 2TB XT drive and taken out the other two drives.
Whenever I plug my two original RAID 0 drives into my system it only shows the drives having approximately 100MB of space on each.
I can go to the format function but even if I don't do a quick format it only takes 2 to 5 seconds to format the drives.
I "really" want to format the whole 1TB drive. How do I do this?
 

A:How do I format my hard drives?

I'm not too familiar with RAID setups, so you might want to wait for another member of the site to respond to this,

Go to Start > right click on My Computer go to Manage. From here, on the left side select Disk Management In here should list the drives and all the partitions on the drives. Are you able to screenshot and attach it to your next reply?

Post back with what you find.
 

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Lately my computer has been getting a few virus's and what not so i decided i would just start fresh and wipe both hard drives (160GB and a 40GB - Both have had previous Windows XP installations on them). Upon attempting to reformat i tried to reformat my secondary drive just by simply right clicking on it and selecting reformat. This prompted the message that some programs were still using the drive and it couldnt reformat. After scrounging around for my copy of windows i attempted to reformat both drives using the cd. IE: telling the computer to load off the cd. When i tried to reformat the drive that has the XP OS on it currently it bought up the blue screen just before u get the option to format the drive and then it started windows before i could choose to reformat. When i tried to reformat my other drive i disconnected my other drive and made this one the master, once again loaded off cd and before it loads up the blue screen i get a message saying that NTDAT (or very similiar) is missing and the computer must be reset. Is there any way i can get around these issues to reformat both my drives?

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Hi,

long story short:- after bad advice I replaced my hard drive with new one only to discover my old one is perfectly ok. So now I have 2 hard drives both set up to be the only drive and both with xp on them (I have put my old one back in and am currently using that one). So what is the easiest way (idiot proof if poss) to re-format my new hard drive and set it up as a second drive.

Thanks wolfee
 

A:2 hard drives 2 o/s how do I format 1 of them?

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Hi to the support team

I'm having four partitions; out of which 2 are NTFS & 2 are FAT32
C:\ (System drive) is NTFS

I'm unable to do various tasks on NTFS drives (i.e. C:\ & E:\)
the tasks which i'm unable to perform are:
(a) disc checkup
(b) disc defragmentation
(c) system restore
(d) format

Also, my PC is not getting connected to any external USB drive.
it is detecting the USB drive, device manager is showing drive is working properly, but no "USB Mass storage device" can be seen on explorer

plz help me ASAP

Regards

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For the last 5 years I had been using 2.5" removable hard drives for my partial daily backup.

When I last switched drives with one in the safe Windows said it couldn't format it, but going in computer management I was able to delete the volume and then I can format it.

Today as I switched disks again the same thing happened. Why is Windows suddenly unable to format hard drives? I highly doubt both drives failed at the same time especially since they work fine after deleting the volume and formatting. I do have a 3rd backup disk I haven't yet tried formatting.

Why can I no longer format hard drives? I doubt it's an issue with the drives themselves as it's too much of a coincidence.

This won't be much of an issue as the first time I got the error I started looking at returning to a tape drive which I have since bought and installed, but I'm still in the process of testing different backup programs to find which I prefer so I'm still doing backups to hard drives until I've decided.

Thanks

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The title is really all I have to say about this. Recently, I've been cleaning up my old laptop and transferring files to a new MacBook Pro so that I can lend this one to my mother. A nice thing that I could do for my mom is to partition and format the drives so that the computer is working better than it is now... however, I'm not able to access compmgmt.msc through Administrative Tools, the system32 folder, command prompt, and I'm not able to change the registry key to "mmc %SystemRoot%\system32\compmgmt.msc" as a suggested fix (either manually or through a .reg file). All I need is a bit of help to get on my way, but it seems that my laptop is quite screwed up (I'm not even able to access the Services program). Any help is certainly appreciated.

P.S. At this time, I'm using the (hidden) Administrator account on Windows Vista - it seems that the Info Utility didn't really like this...

Thanks,
Jon
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
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Antivirus: None
 

A:Looking to format the drives; cannot access compmgmt.msc through any means

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