|I have two computers, a laptop and a Media Center computer attached to my Television. They both run on Windows Vista Home Edition.|
My External WD 2TB Hard Drive works perfectly on my laptop...it displays the hard drive in My Computer folder, and I can copy/move/rename and so on. I use my laptop with my external on the go often.
Earlier today, I was moving some files from my laptop to my Media Center computer usiing my External Hard Drive (Including slideshows for my job) when suddenly my MC computer stopped displaying the External Dive when I plugged it in.
It still displays on my laptop, and my parents desktop (also Vista, but Professional Edition not Home Edition) but not on my MC computer or my work computer.
Several thread I read stated that making my External Drive an Internal Drive was the only solution, but the reason I bought an external was to have an external. Because my laptop and my parent's computer both read the drive, is there a way to make my MC computer and work computer recognize it without erasing or reformatting the information on the drive? My laptop does not have enough space to hold the information as a back up.
When I plug in the drive, the lights blink and the drive *hums* like always. The computer also makes the musical sound meaning a new device had been plugged in. The "Smartware Virtual CD" drive option does show up in the My Computer Folder, but the drive itself never appears, and if I select the Virtual CD, the program never opens.
Only the Virtual CD drive appears in Disk Management.
I apologize if any of this is confusing, English is not my first language.
I appreciate any and all help given on this matter. Thank you.