External Hard Drive Issues

January 22, 2009 at 06:34:58
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit, AMD PHENOMâ„¢ X4 9950 (2.6GHz) / 4GB Ram

I recently bought a new computer. In order to transfer my files from my old computer to my new one I put everything on 2 hard drives - one being my Western Digital My Book 320GB External Hard Drive.

Now, I had no problems with the first drive, and so all my music files were transfered successfully. But the second drive has issues;

It is recognised by the computer fine, and I can open it and look at the files. Some files I can even transfer onto my computer. But certain files (all from the same couple of folders) - even though they show up in explorer - can't be opened. When I try to copy them to my computer, Vista says it is working out the remaining time but then can't get any further, causing explorer to crash if I try to cancel it. These files are a mixture of pictures and videos and Vista shows no preview of them even though they are in thumbnail view.

Now, I've checked and the files in question are fine when I plug the drive into my old computer AND my laptop, which leads me to think that there is an issue with Vista.

A search on google flags up lots of posts about Vista not recognising external Hard drives, but nothing quite like this, so any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.



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January 23, 2009 at 05:30:22
Has the new PC got ServicePack1?, I had similar issues which were resolved after the update.

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