View Full Version : External HD won't work in Vista

Peter Coleman
12-10-2009, 10:19 AM
Hi guys,I have an external hard drive I use as a backup for my sons Ipod but when I plugged it in the other day Vista refused to recognise it.It gives a beep to say it sees it then straight away gives another beep to say it is disconnecting it,aand then just keeps on beeping continously accepting and rejecting it ad infinitum.It has worked in the past,and works on an XP laptop ok,so whats wrong here,and how do I fix it.Thanks for any suggestions


12-10-2009, 10:56 AM
Try another cable.

If its not that, then its probably the case

Peter Coleman
12-10-2009, 11:10 AM
The hard drive is in a case and I use the whole thing,lead and case on the xp laptop and it works fine


12-10-2009, 11:11 AM
2.5" or 3.5"? It may not be getting enough power if it's a USB powered 2.5".

Peter Coleman
12-10-2009, 11:27 AM
2.5 but as I said,it worked ok a few weeks ago,and I have tried it in 3 different usb ports


12-10-2009, 02:43 PM
Sounds like the USB drive didn't disconenct correctly, and may have screwed up the Devices.
Have a read of Post number 2 (http://www.techsupportforum.com/hardware-support/hard-drive-support/36245-external-usb-hard-drive-not-detected.html) by johnwill.