Trouble accessing external HDDs

Wd / 1tb & 320gb ext hard driv...
December 25, 2009 at 12:07:26
Specs: Windows XP
When I try to access either of my ext hard drives lately, I get a message saying" Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close." I've run all updates on all my Anti-virus, mal-ware, spy-ware protection and have scanned the computer. If I click close, the windon closes, the screen resets and it's back to normal. If I leave the error window up and drag it to another part of the screen, I can continue use the drives without issue. When this happens, I'm actually not on the internet. It started first with the 1TB unit and now the 320GB is doing it. It's more of an anoyance than anything. Hope someone can help!

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December 25, 2009 at 12:52:25
I don't understand why but when i close any window i got the same error u get but i reduce explorer errors by ending explorer in task mananer and click file new task,runs opens and type explorer then ok.

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December 25, 2009 at 13:23:38
A long shot perhaps - but run XP sfc and see if it finds (and thus fixes) any damaged/faulty system files etc.?

The second link is more detailed - what you see as it proceeds...

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December 26, 2009 at 03:16:36
Have you properly disconnected then reconnected the drives? Have you rebooted? When did this problem start? Did it ever work properly?


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December 26, 2009 at 05:55:57
I have not tried to disconnect/reconnect the drives. I have rebooted, no change, The problem has been happening for about 2 months now(give or take). Prior to two months everything worked fine.
When I tried the scannow sfc, I was instructed to put in the XP cd-rom, or something, but I didn't get one with the computer.

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December 26, 2009 at 07:29:55
What make is the PC/laptop (which is it desktop or laptop)?

Did you receive a recovery disk set or make one when you first received the system?

Can you borow an XP CD; you only need it briefly to run sfc?

Typically one needs the XP CD (Full or Upgrade version) to run sfc... But these posts suggest a possible alternative method; read carefully...

This second link is likely the better of the two worth to read and follow... Bob Cerelli is well down the road on XP tricks n' tweaks amongst several others similarly...

Within his list of tweaks etc (and you can find the one below by searching for (Edit\find on this page - and enter sfc) there is how to run sfc without a CD etc...

There are two links to follow in the narrative; one to get the necessary registry file/stweaks established; and the second how to make a bootable CD - once you have done a slipstreaming job...

Essentially he willl guide you in slipstreaming a Service Pack into windows (note this is not into the CD - although effectively a very similar process involved). At the end of that process (bottom of the above page) is how to make a bootable XP CD...; which I suggest you do... Note that it presumes you have the Windows source files (i386) somewhere on your hard-drive.

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