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External drives (e.g. iPod, external memory device) not working

Q: External drives (e.g. iPod, external memory device) not working

I am new to this forum and to posting tech questions online in general so hopefully I can describe what s going on accurately My computer has had no problems to iPod, External device) memory drives working (e.g. external not speak of lately I had not synced my iPod nano in some time maybe a month or two so I plugged it in yesterday to sync it I received the following message quot iTunes has detected an iPod that appears to be corrupted You may need to restore this iPod before it External drives (e.g. iPod, external memory device) not working can be used with External drives (e.g. iPod, external memory device) not working iTunes quot I have since discovered the problem has nothing to do with External drives (e.g. iPod, external memory device) not working the iPod itself The iPod plays all the music and podcasts that are currently on it just fine When I plug it into my girlfriend s computer her iTunes recognizes it just fine as my iPod and I was able to pull videos off of it I am now pretty certain the problem is with my USB drives I have an external memory drive that I use to back up documents - I had not used this in some time either Out of curiosity I plugged it in and it s not working either When I plug it in and turn it on nothing pops up and when I try to do certain actions to check on it like open My Computer the system freezes and I end up having to manually shut down the computer and restart I have gone through several threads on various forums and tried almost everything but nothing has resolved this issue Some threads suggested that plugging in certain devices can mess up your USB drives like this and a few weeks ago I did plug my girlfriend s printer into one of my USBs - I did get it to work but things were a little screwy with it so I m wondering if somehow that did something Other than that I can t think of anything else that has changed since the last time everything worked So far I have tried changing the drive letter on the iPod I have tried cleaning up my USB drives by using drivecleanup exe I have uninstalled and reinstalled the drives through Device Manager and I tried restoring my computer to a time when everything was working - none of this has fixed the problem and I m now at a loss Also FYI it s not easy for me to reinstall my operating system I have Windows XP Professional Service Pack because I purchased my computer from a custom dealer so I do not own my operating system CDs - they just load the OS onto the computer for you I can take it in to have it reinstalled but it costs and I just did that a few months ago so I really don t want to spend that much to do it again if it s not absolutely necessary especially since everything else on the computer is working fine I am hoping someone will have some insight on this and can help me out Any advice is welcome this has become extremely frustrating and time consuming Thanks Jon nbsp

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A:BSOD whenever a usb device gets plugged -flash drives, external drives

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Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 1000007E, {ffffffffc0000005, fffff8000348bda9, fffff880039bcd58, fffff880039bc5b0}

*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for snapman.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for snapman.sys
Probably caused by : disk.sys ( disk! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+70f )

Followup: MachineOwner
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2: kd> lmvm snapman
start end module name
fffff880`01e00000 fffff880`01e46000 snapman T (no symbols)
Loaded symbol image file: snapman.sys
Image path: snapman.sys
Image name: snapman.sys
Timestamp: Wed Mar 09 23:52:38 2011 (4D777F1E)
CheckSum: 0004F614
ImageSize: 00046000
Translations: 0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
Ensure Windows is updated, then reboot and update your Acronis installation:
Backup software for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows and Linux - Acronis

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Why is this?

Can I do something to get back the "hidden" memory?
 

A:Solved: Why is there never the full memory on external/flash memory hard drives?

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Hi.
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Hi.
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If it matters, i run XP on a Dell.

Thanks a lot.
 

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It works great but I seem to get the BSOD quite a lot. I noticed it only seems to happens when I'm using either of my external hard drives or SD cards. Usually when I am transferring a batch of large files between drives.

Any help you can offer in solving this problem would be greatly appreciated.

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A:BSOD when transferring files from memory cards or external hard drives

Hello, Mark080.

First, welcome to Windows Seven Forums !

Second. On this moment, I will try with reinstalling drivers for card reader.
That drivers is free and you can download from Toshiba web site.

Maybe, you installed wrong drivers, not for your lapotop. You need exactly driver for your model of laptop.

Go here and download new : Download Windows 7 drivers:

Then uinstall old drivers and restart computer :
1. Open Start Menu.
2. Right click on Computer.
3. Click on Properties.
4. Open Task Manager (You need administrator privileges to edit drivers)
5. Find your drivers and delete it.
6. Close all windows, save your work, and restart your computer.

Then :
1. Run installation.
2. Restart computer again.

I think that should work.

Trinty.

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Hi and welcome to TSF you could try the methods here Recover Data Like a Forensics Expert Using an Ubuntu Live CD - How-To Geek

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Hi,

Try following: Fix Windows 7 AutoPlay Dialog Box Missing or Not Appear, Display and Pop Up ? My Digital Life

cheers

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A:External Hard Drives Stopped Working

Does the drive turn on at all? Try using another USB cable and see if that works. If that doesn't work: If you are willing, open the hard drive and try to connect it to the motherboard. Then try to boot into Windows and see if it shows up. If not, try UBCD to boot into hard drive diagnose of the brand of the HDD and do short and long test on the drive.
You can download UBCD from Ultimate Boot CD - Overview if you don't already have a copy.
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A:External drives show in Device Manager & Disk Manager but not Computer

Hi Dick1030,

Welcome to Seven Forums.


Please do as follows:

1. It is unusual for the System Reserved Partition to have a drive letter. Please remove the drive letter.

2. Please remove (always Safely Remove) all the external drives including any card reader and do a drive cleanup as indicated here. http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/298744-usb-thumb-drives-not-recognised-not-drive-letter.html#post2477076 It will clean your system of all non-present devices and you will be starting with a clean slate.(Incidentally this can resolve many drive letter assignment confusion of Windows OS, as you can see in the referenced thread.)

3. After you reboot on completion of the drive cleanup, plugin only your WD My Book and the Fantom drive. As you plug-in the driver for each device will be installed ab-initio. You can watch it.

4. Now take a screenshot of the Disk Management and post. While taking the screenshot, click on "Show/Hide Console Tree” and “Show/Hide Action Pane” buttons on the toolbar on top to hide those and also pull up the center partition line up as much as possible so that we get a clear and full view.





5. Also tell us whether you are sure that you had formatted the Fantom drive and it contains data and whether you want to recover the data..


(Your statements and the screenshots are so confusing - atleast to me - it is necessary that you do the above and restate the problem.)

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I'm sorry. I'm kind of confused with your question. What do you mean by install iTunes on an external drive? You cannot install an application on something with no OS.

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welcome
it is in the settings, but i cant tell you where
try downloading 7.5 and see if it helps
http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

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I am logged in as the administrator and there is not even another user account on the computer
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This is not my computer so I?ll have to do whatever remotely.

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zformer,

You can consider the use of the Panda Vaccine on your computer and USB Drives:
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FIX: AHCI/SATA drives showing in "Safely Remove Hardware"

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Never mind. After getting no help on multiple forums, I've had enough of Windows 7.

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Quote: Originally Posted by bluzeboy


I have 2 external drives.the folders on 1 are z-a organized & the other a-z
Anyone knows how to make them display the same?
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Huh?
Open Explorer and select hard drive.
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See picture

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A:All External Drives RAW

Hi kmb187


If you plug your external USB hard drive into another computer, does it see all the files, and recognize the format as NTFS? If you haven't tried that yet, give it a go & see. [If no other computers can view the files, it's likely the "MFT" is corrupt (MFT= Master File Table)].

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A:External hard drives

Originally Posted by Graham R


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A:External Firewire Drives

Well, one obvious thing to try is to plug that enclosure into another machine and see if it's just a problem with the enclosure...
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/external-firewire-drives.162169/
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I had one external that tipped over while the pc was running and it wrecked it.

Thanks in advance, shooglefly
 

A:External USB Drives keep spinning, is it OK?

You're right that it is not a good thing.

Are they just humming or can you tell if they are making the same sound as when the PC is running?

How old are they?

In any case, if they really seem activated when the machines are off, you should unplug them. They are either running (and wearing out) or they are not getting enough power to run so that energy is being converted to heat rather than motion. That's a good way to burn out motors.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/external-usb-drives-keep-spinning-is-it-ok.1052115/
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Hi,

I have a program on an external USB hard drive. I want to run the program from that HD. It doesn't run properly because it needs to write files to it's folder, and it doesn't have permission to.

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I tried setting the permissions of the folder to 'full control', but all that seems to do is set the permissions on each individual file that currently exists in the folder.

A:UAC and external hard drives

This should help

User Account Control (UAC) - Elevate Privilege Level

http://www.vistax64.com/system-security/199695-uac-external-hard-drives.html
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A:Win7 and External drives

Check the disk management to see if the OS sees them but hasn't assigned them a drive letter.

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/136447-win7-external-drives.html
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A:Use Old External Drives with Windows 7

They should work fine. Just plug them in and see if you can access files on the drives, etc.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/use-old-external-drives-with-windows-7.1076792/
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Is it possible to share an external drive? I would have thought so.

Ideas?
 

A:Sharing External Drives

I'll try it later and get back to you. If I've not responded by tomorrow, nudge the post.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/sharing-external-drives.210839/
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Did you resolve your problem?
Please help

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A:Autorun...External Drives

fixed autoplay but the u3 software still takes me to a temp folder instead of running the preinstalled software...

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/391448/autorunexternal-drives/
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A:External Hard Drives

P

hi and welcome to sevenforums

Are they both USB?

http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/25619-external-hard-drives.html
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A:External Floppy Drives

USB support in Windows 95 is non-existent unless you have the last revision, C I think, and even in that version almost nothing USB works.

Your best bet would be an internal floppy or if the system supports booting from the CD then that may be another option.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/external-floppy-drives.561173/
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When I want to connect or disconnect my external drive with my os images in it, should I turn the pc off or can I do this on the fly? I have been doing it on the fly for years but someone said it is not the right way.
Thank you

A:external hard drives

It's USB attached so on the fly is fine. I would connect it then turn it on.
When you're done, use the Safely remove function (not sure how you access this in Metro) before you power it off then remove it.

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A:Usb external drives not recognized

Give this a try: Turn OFF "USB Selective Suspend" and test.
USB Selective Suspend - Turn On or Off

http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/190404-usb-external-drives-not-recognized.html
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A:External Hard Drives

Any reputable USB external drive should work fine with XP. You may also want to shop around - but the drive and the enclosure separately and assemble yourself. You may get a bigger/better drive this way.

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Thanks
 

A:Q about switching external drives

It depends how it's addressed by the server. If the driver letter is maintained, and the entire drive is a share, then nothing should change. If you're only sharing directories, there could be problems if filepaths aren't maintained. We'll need to know a little more about the setup to be sure.
 

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A:External Hard Drives

Yes, if your BIOS will allow you to boot to a USB device. Check your BIOS boot sequence.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/external-hard-drives.417323/
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A:CD/DVD/RW External Drives for HP Laptop

I moved this to the Hardware forum so you'll hopefully get more responses. Good luck .....
 

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Thanks.
 

A:External Hard Drives

The last review on hard drives that I seen about a month ago gave the gold medal still to the scuzzy drives but IDE drives are catching up the Firewire drives were very slow compared to the IDE drives and much more expensive. here is a review I found for one http://www.pcplus.co.uk/article.asp?id=29569&cat=REVEW
I dont know if this is the type of thing you are looking for?
http://www.latimes.com/technology/consumer/la-000045568jun30.story?coll=la-technology-consumer
this is for another the transfer times tell there own story
hope this helps
 

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A:USB External Drives Cannot be accessed

Check in Device Manager whether the drivers are OK.

http://www.vistax64.com/general-discussion/241252-usb-external-drives-cannot-accessed.html
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A:External Hard drives

Hard to say, I've seen this mentioned here a few times. FWIW, I have a bunch of USB/Firewire hard disks (7 total) and I've never had any issues with them losing data. I've had drives fail over the years, but the drive is really dead, a different issue.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/external-hard-drives.260770/
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A:external hard drives

You may want to consider another variation.

HDD caddies are cheap, and allow easy removal of a secondary HDD from the PC. This is a very economical way of backup, and I think you are wise to consider the need.

Otherwise I would be quite happy with the use of a HDD in a "generic" USB or Firewire case.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/external-hard-drives.237186/