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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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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
I would think that if it fails on 3 different systems, it is a driver fault.  This page verifies that conclusion:

http://www.osronline.com/ddkx/ddtools/bccodes_9h9j.htm
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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?
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
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)?
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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.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
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:

http://www.knoppix.com/

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:

http://www.shockfamily.net/cedric/knoppix/
Computer First Aid Using Knoppix

or:

http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

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:

http://65.24.134.81/KipSolutions/BootableCDrom/BartsPE.htm
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