Unable to access external harddisk properly when using with Windows Server 2003
Posted on 2009-12-23
I recently bought two WD external harddisks (USB). When I connect them to a Windows Server 2003 system I'm unable to access them properly. Disk management detects the disks and tells me everything is fine. (they are online, formatted ntfs and a driveletter has been assigned.)
Altough disk management tells me everything is fine, I still can't access the disks. They are listed in the windows explorer, but when I try to access them I get the message the system is unable to access them. When I go to the dos prompt and enter the driveletter it says the device isn't ready.
I have found one way to access the disks:
I need to format the disks using Disk Management.
Then I need to logoff and logon to make the disks accessible.
But when I physsicly detach the disks from the system and re-attach them, I again can't acces them anymore and the only way to make them accessible is by using a reformat. (wich isn't really a option since I need the data on those disks)
Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?
ps: sorry for my language and grammaticle errors. ;-)