External Hard Drive

  March Wind 23:24 27 Jul 2011

WD Weston 500gb EX HD. windows XP.

Could you please advise on what to do to make my External hard drive work. The last time it worked. I had some hardware plugged into my PC. when I wanted to plug it I clicked on safely remove hardware, then clicked on the drive so I thought. Now I am wondering if I clicked on my External Hard drive. I know this has happened before. When I got it to work I had a different drive for it. this time I cannot get it to work so I clicked on disconnect on the EX HD. then I switched of the PC and switched back thinking this might do the trick. It didn't so I unplugged USB and the plug still it will not work.

When I click on the HD I get a message saying. The drive or network connection that the shortcut External HD(J), link'refers to is unavailable. Make sure that the disk is properly inserted or the network resource is available, and then try again. I do not know what to do. Help please.

  johndrew 10:36 28 Jul 2011

Have a look at this link text it may solve your problem.

  Graphicool1 17:28 28 Jul 2011

Why have you got two threads on the go, with the same heading?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:49 28 Jul 2011

Ghost device conflicts are the mostly cause especially for devices that are connected and disconnected regularly i.e. pen drives, external drives, mp3 devices and phones.

Remove all USB devices


Download and run

Uninstall ALL devices that are shown as not connected.

Reboot the machine.

Plug in your USB device and windows should then find new hardware and reinstall the drivers for the device.

  March Wind 02:33 30 Jul 2011

I am closing this thread down I got two for this link because I didn't think it worked the first time so I clicked again that how I managed to get two thread the same sorry. I will be working from the other thread but I will also look at the comments on this thread but work from the other as that has 4 lots of feed back and this has three.

  March Wind 02:34 30 Jul 2011


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