usb external drive

Wd Elements desktop hard drive - 2tb - u...
July 4, 2010 at 17:19:14
Specs: winxp, msi
I have a quiick question on a USB device. My WinXP has suddenly decided not to recognise an external 1TB USB drive(WD). Hardware manager is o.k., cable is o.k., it just won't show on explorer. It recognises all other devices (USB stcks) etc., problem is only with ext. hard drive (which has no problem in my other XP machine). Do I need a new USB card?

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July 4, 2010 at 19:06:12
Open computer management, go to storage and see if it shows there.

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July 4, 2010 at 20:39:40
Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
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Check that out first.

Rarely, not all the ports on the back of a desktop case may be able to supply 500ma each.

If you have a desktop computer, Note that I answered a Topic on this site recently where a guy had an external drive, which does require the full 500ma, connected to a port on the back of a desktop case - it would not work properly when a webcam was in the port next to it, but it worked fine when the webcam was unplugged. Ports on the back of a desktop case often have two ports connected to the same USB controller module that are ports one above the other - you could try connecting the cable to one of those and leaving the other un-used.

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July 5, 2010 at 12:36:58
Hi I assumed because my usb extension leads worked with all other external devices that they were o.k.They're not. External disk with original lead straight to computer and it springs to life in explorer. Sorry and thanks for the help.

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July 5, 2010 at 21:54:45
I have a USB extension that came with a USB 1.1 rated Compact Flash card reader. It doesn't work properly with anything rated USB 2.0 compatible.

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July 8, 2010 at 01:07:21
I would recommend the PD3500-S400+ hard drive enclosure from centralcomputer.
It works perfectly for me, try it.

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