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NO specific drivers are needed for external hard drives in XP or later versions of Windows, and probably 2000 too.
(When the external hard drive is being correctly detected by Windows, the P-n-P (Plug-n-Play) ID string provided by the external enclosure's circuits "tells" Windows which generic drivers Windows already has built into it to load, in order for Windows to recognize the external enclosure's circuits, and when Windows recognizes those external enclosure circuits, it recognizes the hard drive inside the external enclosure.)
However, if you unplug the external drive WHILE Windows IS RUNNING, WITHOUT clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon and choosing to STOP accessing the drive letter, or all the drive letters if the external drive has more than one, you can DAMAGE data on the drive, such that....
- the drive letter(s) for it DOES NOT show up in My Computer or Windows Explorer
- or the drive letter for it DOES show up in My Computer or Windows Explorer, BUT
- when you click on the drive letter you get a message indicating Windows doesn't detect it as having been formatted
- or - you can see files or folders on the drive but you can't access them when you click on one or more of them, or all of them.
- or - you can see files or folders on the drive but some of them that you know were there before are not listed
If you HAVE damaged data on the drive, you can probably fix any of those problems and get access to all of or most of your data back if you use certain prob grams to repair the data damage.
See the info at the link in response 2.
If you get "Access Denied" messages when you click on certain files or folders, or for all of them, that's a different subject.
How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
NOTE: you probably have to reboot the computer before the settings you change actually take effect !