How come I cannot access my external USB hard drive? 

by on December 29, 2010

Q: I have a LaCie 750GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0 external hard drive. I cannot access it from the desktop, start or from the folder. I have checked the partition and it says “Disk 1, LaCie (F), healthy”. I have tried to update the driver and got the message that there is no further update. The LaCie folder is in my C drive. No installation CD came with the device – only a “1 Click install wizard” . I have tried removing and then reinstalling via this wizard, but to no avail. Any suggestions? I am running Windows XP SP3


How come I cannot access my files after moving them onto an external hard drive? 

by on December 8, 2010

Q: I’m running a perfect running version of Windows XP. Have NEVER had problems accessing files. I bought a brand new WD 2TB ext. HD, moved over 800 GB’s of files to it. Now when I try to access ANY file, the corresponding programs open and act as if there’s NO FILE loaded! This is true for txt/photo/audio/video files you name it-including my ENTIRE DVD library I backed up to my previous 500 GB drive! The files on the drive show up in explorer, but even when moved to my laptop’s HD, they’re inoperable. It’s as if they were corrupt the second they landed on my new 2 TB drive. I KNOW these files were fine before I moved them. Unless there’s some kind of Jedi tech trick I’m unaware of, I’ve just lost 800+ GB’s of media/files! If I can’t get them back, my question {I still have my receipt, but other than returning the drive to the store} do I have any recourse with Western Digital re: the value of the lost files? After all, these files are all visible, I can prove I had them before I used their product. Thoughts? Thanks very much!


How do I move data from my C hard drive to an external hard drive? 

by on December 2, 2010

Q: I have a c drive that is 99 % full and an add on G drive–external. How can I take 30 % of what is on the C drive and move it to the G drive so the computer will operate more quickly?


What is the difference between an external hard drive and a thumb drive? 

by on November 12, 2010

Q: What is the difference between an external hard drive and a thumb drive?


How come I cannot find my external hard drive after closing it while formatting it? 

by on October 15, 2010

Q: I have a Toshiba computer and a 500GB external hard drive. I am wondering how come I cannot find my external hard drive anymore after closing it while it was being formatted to fat 32?


How can I make my external hard drive be treated as the same drive letter on all computers? 

by on September 22, 2010

Q: I use my external hard drive for listening to music on both my computers (amongst other things). On one computer, it is recognized as the E: drive, and on the other it is recognized as the F: drive.

In foobar (the music program I use) it is set to read my music from E: drive. So, obviously when I go to the other computer, it can’t find my music. I added the F: drive as a source of the files, but it means that each file is displayed twice (but only one can be played).

Is there a way to make both of my computers perceive/treat it as the F: drive (or the E: drive)?


If I put a new SATA drive in my computer can I buy a USB encloser for my old IDE drive? 

by on August 3, 2010

Q: I have a Samsung 160 GB SATA drive. The drive model is: HD160JJ/P.

My question is, since I have a computer running the older IDE style ata drive would it be possible for me to buy an encloser to house this drive and run it as USB?

This is the product I was intending to use and would like to know if it will do what I am wanting it to do.

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How can I access my Ethernet hard drive remotely? 

by on July 26, 2010

Q: How can I access my Ethernet hard drive remotely?


How come I cannot access my files on my external hard drive from my Winbook but I can from any other computer? 

by on July 14, 2010

Q: My Western Digital external hard drive says raw files and needs formatting when used on my Winbook M series but on other PCs it I can access my files without a problem. Is there an easy way to fix this problem so It will stop giving me a false raw file problem?


How come I cannot run AutoCad 2007 from an external hard drive 

by on July 4, 2010

Q: I am trying to run a licensed version of AutoCad 2007 from a Windows XP formatted hard drive. I have it in a hard drive enclosure and connected it to my Windows Vista Basic Laptop. I cannot get it to run and the compatibility wizard hasn’t worked.