HP Laptop no longer can read external HDDs

Hewlett-packard Hp/compaq 324701-888 512...
October 8, 2010 at 23:12:22
Specs: Windows XP
Recently my Laptop of 3 yrs refused to read one of the partitions of my external hard drive. I have checked the hard drive on other PCs and there seems to be no problem with it.
When i tried other external hard drives, with no partitions at all, on my laptop it refused to read them all together and hung everytime they were plugged in.
However, I am able to read all the pen drives perfectly and there is problem with the usage of the mouse through the same ports either.
Is it a drivers problem?

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October 9, 2010 at 00:15:26
Does the drive show up in device manager? If so, it may be your computer isn't mounting the partitions. I had the same problem on my desktop, device manager wasn't "Populating" the volumes of the hard drive. If there is no device listed, restart with the device connected. If it works now, you know it is a plug and play problem. If it isn't there, the problem may be a bad USB port.

If the hard drive has no power cord, (Powered by the port), it may be that you are plugging it into a non powered port. The easiest way to fix this is to buy a powered USB hub. Many older laptops have non powered USB ports. (I can tell your laptop is older because it has 512 Mb. Ram).

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October 9, 2010 at 02:21:33
Thanks for the reply.
The drive is not showing up in device manager. And I have tried restartin with the device connected, but that jus makes my computer hang again. So guess, it is not a plug and play problem.
I dont know about power cords, but the port and the cord Im using for plug in is the same on which I have check and use the same hard drive previously, without any problem. Also the light comes on on the drive once I plug it in but it the system jus doesnt read it. I am presumin with that the cord is fine.
And the port works perfectly with pendrives, data cards, mouse etc....it jus malfunctions with any hard drive with large amounts of data.
Although it is an old system, the problem jus proped up very sudenly, without reason. So a lil baffled.

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