I bought about 3 weeks in maplin an external hard drive (Seagate/ 1,5 terabytes) and now suddenly it doesn't open. When I try I get a message :The drive is unavailable. Make sure is inserted correctly. there is an (?0 on the icon in the desktop. On device manager apparently is o.k.....Any idea what it could be/. I have thousands of photos there and about 20 films and I wouldn't want to lose them. I use XP.
It hasn't dropped or disconnected while writing. But I had disconnected it without safely removed. It just made a sound like it's working and the green light sometimes is on or off. I have conected and disconnected many times but nothing happens.
That's exactly what it is but it shows all the USB devices that have been connected and are still in the registry.
Unconnected devices can conflict with connected ones - sometimes if you have connected and disconnected a device into different ports it will have several instances still in the registry.
Open the program Just click on the device to highlight it and then click on the second ic0n on the toolbar (the one that looks like a recyclebin). This will safely remove the device drivers from the registry.
Reboot and reconnect the drive and windows will reinstall it. This should hopefully get it working again unless the drive is corrupted or mechanically damaged.