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Can't see Extra Hard-drive somtimes

 11:30 am on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have an external backup drive which I turn on occasionally. Sometimes XP recognises it and sometimes it doesn't. When windows doesn't see the drive I switch it off, wait a few minutes and turn it on again, then usually it works. Sometimes I have to do this 3 or 4 times.

Can anyone tell me why XP doesn't recognise it every time? Is there anything I can do to tell Windows to see the drive?



 5:26 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

Is it USB or Firewire?
It doesn't appear under "My Computer" when you switch it on?
Are all cables properly secured?

Try clicking
Control Panel>
Administration Tools>
Event Viewer>

Look for Yellow or Red warning messages for clues.

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