Problem with external drive and vista

Discussion in 'General Technical' started by Santje007, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. Santje007


    Sep 12, 2009
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    Hi everyone,

    I have a major problem witch goes as follows. I installed vista on my computer two days ago and everything went fine untill I tried to plug in my external drive (Freecom Classic 3.5 series 500gb) with ALL my files from uni, music, vids. Vista recognizes something is plugged in and install the drivers for it. But when I go into my computer the driver doesn't show. Also when I try to start up my computer with the driver plugged in, the computers startup is halted and I get a black inactive screen. The computer only boots when I disconnect my drive. Now my driver is perfectly ok, it worked on xp and I tested it on another computer with xp witch was fine. I've tried every trick on the net for the past 2 days and getting a little desperate, I would nearly throw the thing outside the window uhum ... Kidding. Now this is what I tried:

    - Tried installing the driver with inf files inside the windows folder.

    - Renamed infchache and oem files

    - Deleted the inf cache

    - Tried to install the drivers in the diskmanagment section.

    - Reboot with driver plugged in (but It doesn't finish the boot)

    - Uninstall and reinstall the driver

    This is what I did so far, sort or less. Now any help is very mutch appreciated, cuz i'm really desperate. Theres alot of hard work on that external so I can afford to format it.

    Thank you for any help or solutions you can give me,

    (and for further notice, my system is in excellent condition, so its definitly a vista bug)

    Kind Regards

    Santje007, Sep 12, 2009
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  2. Santje007


    Jan 27, 2007
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    Northern Virginia, USA
    You didn't say how you're connecting the external drive. If it's via USB, you shouldn't need to install any special drivers because Vista already has them cached.

    When the drive is connected, can you see it using Windows Explorer? IF so, can you open the folders, see the files, and open them? IF so, why are you worried about seeing the drivers?

    If you can't see the drive, folders, or files, or you can't open them using Windows Explorer, that's a different problem.
    WAW8, Sep 12, 2009
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