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Stop Error 0xCA: Plug n play driver fault

I am getting the BSOD (0xCA) when attaching an external 320GB HDD (partitioned into 2 equally sized partitions). I've tried attaching the drive via an IDE connection but get the same results
The same fault occurs when connecting the drive to 3 different XP systems, all running SP2
Any clues as to why the fault is occurring?
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I would think that if it fails on 3 different systems, it is a driver fault.  This page verifies that conclusion:

jonboyashAuthor Commented:
the event viewer gives:
Error code 000000ca, parameter1 00000001, parameter2 8216f340, parameter3 8242ae30, parameter4 00000000.

I have some important data that i'd backed up onto the drive. The only reason I need access the data is that I ran a reinstalltion of windows on the system where the original data was kept . What are my chances of recovering this and what would the be the bes way to go about this?
Good question.  If the drive cannot be attached to any XP system you have available to you, I don't see how you can access it.  Any chance of downloading the driver for the external drive again?  When does the error occur (do you even get a chance to install the driver)?
jonboyashAuthor Commented:
The drive doesn't require a driver- XP picks it up automatically. If the drive is connected, the BSOD occurs at the splash screen, otherwise it occurs as soon as the device is turned on/connected. Same results in safe mode. I've also tried connecting it as a slave drive and using the recovery console to run a CHKDSK but again the system BSOD's after loading all the files from the XP cd has completed.
Well, then I wonder if a bootable system installed on a CD-ROM would be able to access the drive without error?  A couple of alternatives:


What is KNOPPIX®?
KNOPPIX is a bootable Live system on CD or DVD, consisting of a representative collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a productive Linux system for the desktop, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it (over 8GB on the DVD "Maxi" edition).

This site has an excellent tutorial on how to recover files using Knoppix:

Computer First Aid Using Knoppix



What is BartPE and PE Builder?

Bart's PE Builder helps you build a "BartPE" (Bart Preinstalled Environment) bootable Windows CD-Rom or DVD from the original Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 installation/setup CD, very suitable for PC maintenance tasks.

It will give you a complete Win32 environment with network support, a graphical user interface (800x600) and FAT/NTFS/CDFS filesystem support. Very handy for burn-in testing systems with no OS, rescuing files to a network share, virus scan and so on.
This will replace any Dos bootdisk in no time!

Here's a website by one of our top XPerts, Fatal_Exception, which will give you more info on BartPE:
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