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My External Hard Drive wont open

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My External Hard Drive wont open

adriantheaussie
When i plug in my external hard drive or falsh drive into my laptop it reconises it in my computer. But when i got to explore it or open it just flashes away until it says computer not responding. The funny thing is plug in my ipod and it works. My laptop is a toshiba and hard drive WD and brang new but flash are old
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    Ron K.

    If you haven't already done so, unplug all other USB devices and try your drive. <br>
    Unless you have one of the small pocket USB drives you may need a powered USB hub to plug into your laptop. It could be that your laptop's USB hub doesn't have enough power to run your external drive. They don't have very much power.<br>
    BTW- Powered hubs are fairly inexpensive. <br>

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    Ron K.

    Please ignore.

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    NexS

    Perhaps there might be a fault with the laptop OR the HDD where the drive is trying to pull more power than the USB port.
    try plugging the Hard disk into another USB port or another computer.

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    Ron K.

    I missed that the first time around. Flash drives don't draw much power. <br>
    I hope that the OP does post back so we're not left hanging. :)

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    NexS

    If I'm left hanging for too long then all the blood will rush to my head... And I'm not sure if that's good or bad yet!

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    jimmy-jam

    Right click on My Computer select Manage and click on Disk Management. See if the drive shows up there. You may have to right click and activate the drive. I've only ever had to do this once but...

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    Ron K.

    Not clicking, "Safely Remove Hardware" in the "System Tray" before removing a USB device used up drive letters. The fix is simply to go to, "Safely Remove Hardware", with or without a USB device plugged in, and click until there is only one drive letter assigned to the device.

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    BizIntelligence

    for any corresponding error in application log and system log.

    You can access event viewer from Start > Contorl Panel > Administration Tools > Event Viewer in Windows XP

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    Ron K.

    If you haven't already done so, unplug all other USB devices and try your drive. <br>
    Unless you have one of the small pocket USB drives you may need a powered USB hub to plug into your laptop. It could be that your laptop's USB hub doesn't have enough power to run your external drive. They don't have very much power.<br>
    BTW- Powered hubs are fairly inexpensive. <br>

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    Ron K.

    Please ignore.

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    NexS

    Perhaps there might be a fault with the laptop OR the HDD where the drive is trying to pull more power than the USB port.
    try plugging the Hard disk into another USB port or another computer.

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    Ron K.

    I missed that the first time around. Flash drives don't draw much power. <br>
    I hope that the OP does post back so we're not left hanging. :)

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    NexS

    If I'm left hanging for too long then all the blood will rush to my head... And I'm not sure if that's good or bad yet!

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    jimmy-jam

    Right click on My Computer select Manage and click on Disk Management. See if the drive shows up there. You may have to right click and activate the drive. I've only ever had to do this once but...

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    Ron K.

    Not clicking, "Safely Remove Hardware" in the "System Tray" before removing a USB device used up drive letters. The fix is simply to go to, "Safely Remove Hardware", with or without a USB device plugged in, and click until there is only one drive letter assigned to the device.

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    BizIntelligence

    for any corresponding error in application log and system log.

    You can access event viewer from Start > Contorl Panel > Administration Tools > Event Viewer in Windows XP