|I know this is tl;dr but I wanted to provide as much information as possible.|
The gist: I can not get my external hard drive (iomega rphd-tg) to work on my windows vista laptop.
The back story: A friend gave me a hard drive which he had previously used on his apple computer. Right before he gave it to me, he connected it to his computer, opened the drive, and deleted the handful of old work files he had on there.
When I got home, I found my computer did not recognize the hard drive, but it was found in device manager. After doing some online research, I ended up reformatting the drive into the fat32 format via the fat32formatter utility. After many many hours, and at about 90% completion, I got an error saying it didn't work. I tested it, and sure enough, I couldn't access it.
The following day when I turned on my computer the drive was there and 298gb were free (even though this is supposed to be a 320gb HD). I accepted the 20gb loss and began using the hard drive.
After transferring a bunch of high quality avi files to the iomega, I began to test a few out. I found some of the video files were jumpy or sped up, while some were only a split second long. Further, I had the newly transferred files divided into 3 folders. The third one went completely missing! The following day I checked again and the third one was there but the other two weren't!
At this point I decided I should reformat the drive and start fresh. At first I tried using the format options windows provides, but they gave me errors and made my hard drive useless all over again. If I open "my computer" and check the properties of the the external drive it shows 0 bytes free 0 bytes used.
Ok, so now I decided to try to reformat again with the fat32formatter hoping there wouldn't be any errors. Well, it didn't even take a second before the same error messages I got after 90% formatting last time popped up again.
I am completely stumped and overwhelmed here. Whenever I have had technical issues in the past I have always been able to solve it through online research. I've finally cracked. This one is beyond me. Any help would be highly appreciated!
BTW I have two cable options. A USB to micro USB and a 4pin to 6pin firewire cable. The former is what I have been using since the latter hasn't even connected the HD to the laptop.