Vista won't accept my Western Digital - USB Harddisk.

Posted on 2007-03-30
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Last Modified: 2016-06-26

I'm running Windows Vista Ultimate, and i have a "Western Digital My Book Essential Edition WDG1U3200"-USB harddisk.

Now at the moment vista refuses to recognize it, and when i plug it in, after a while i hear the "du ding" sound as if i placed something in the usb port, and when i pull it out i can hear the "du dong" as for the USB-out sound.

For a few days ago it worked, and for a few more days ago it didn't seem to work. Seems like it's coming on and off all the time.

If I then push the harddisks usb cable into the usb port i can go to "Safely remove hardware" and select it, and it even represents by name! Also the disk management in device manager finds the 300GB partition, but i can't assign a drive letter. I can also, if i place my hand on the harddisk, feel it spinning around, so it is running. Also Vista should have correct USB drivers, and all there is on Western Digitals website of drivers is some Win98 ones.

I also have a multiboot with Boot Magic, using XP and Vista.

This seem like a very odd problem to me, and i can't figure out what's wrong, and how to fix it.

Any ideas?
Question by:ITQDK
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KCTS earned 600 total points
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In Disk Management, right click and select re-scan disks and see if that does anything.
Is the disk formatted?

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I'm not home at the moment, so i can't try to rescan. But the disk is formatted, and i have been able to access it before.
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by:Adam Leinss
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Probably needs to be assigned a drive letter in disk management as KCTS suggested.

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Quote by myself: "but i can't assign a drive letter."

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5t34lth_G33k earned 450 total points
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What does it say in disk management? Can you see your partitions/drive letters? If it says unallocated space or something similar, it may have corrupted, in which case you will need to recreate the partitions

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It showed up, but it didn't have a name.

This is now solved though. The problem was that Boot Magic was hiding the NTFS partition, and therefore i couldn't see it.

Thanks for all your great answers.
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