Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: So, about those pesky external hard drives...

22 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 Build -7600- (x64)
So, about those pesky external hard drives...

Long title..I know. For whatever reason, this latest build has caused windows to not pickup my external USB hard-drive on startup, I have to physically unplug it and replug it in each time. Any ideas or fixes? I did a quick search but perhaps I'm not using the right words because I didn't find any previous posts that isolated my issue.

Thank you in advance!

If you come here often and ask for help, yet give nothing back, monetarily or written; then you are no better than those that we fight against by creating this site. Support your community, they pay for hosting, domains, and for knowledge; you pay only for help.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Aug 2009   #2

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

Which External hard drive do you have?

Did you install the chipset driver for the motherboard?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 Build -7600- (x64)

It is a "Simpletech" Simpledrive 9 series (320 Gig) and yes, I did indeedy install the chipset driver.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

22 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7 Build -7600- (x64)

Double Post.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64

i suppose you have 64-bit version... Don't worry then. Thousands of users have external storage dvices problems (wel, USB storage devices) on it, and most of them haven't found solution yet. Maybe there's no one yet, waiting for Microsoft to release some update/fix.
Well, of course you can search this forum and find like 5-7 different suggestions how-to-solve, and you're REALLY lucky if one of them works for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Aug 2009   #6

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium

You could try turning the pc off disconnect the usb drive and restart w7, then give it a min or two to load a few programs then plug it in (make sure it is turned on) - usb is plug and play it should load the driver and your fixed. If it doesnt as someone else suggested try the latest intel chipset drivers for your motherboard - they may need to be installed in compatibility mode with vista if you get an OS mismatch and they wont install -
To install a driver OR program in compatibility mode - right click the setup.exe file - click properties - click compatibility - check run in compatibility with vista/xp etc - check run as administrator - leave the rest blank. Start setup.exe and install. all mainboard drivers - via, nvidia, and intel intel drivers (most common)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 So, about those pesky external hard drives...

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
External Hard drives and flash drives security
I have a new computer plus a couple of other computers and I have some external hard drives and flash drives. what is the best way to check these devices to make sure they are clean, will just connecting them and viewing them or running AV and other security checks propose a risk to the computer...
System Security
All Flash Drives & External Hard Drives NOT ACCESSIBLE?
I set up a new computer. Windows 7 Pro 64x Everything was fine but then I connected a flash drive to it and I get: Location Not Available H:\ is not accessible. Access is denied If I go into the properties to the “security” tab, it says “you do not have permission to view or edit this...
Hardware & Devices
Flash drives and external hard drives
I have windows 7 pro and recently I have not been able to open up a new folder on any external hard drive or flash drive that I use with my computer. When I use these same flash and external hard drives in another computer it works fine, my initial thought is, there is something disabled in my...
Hardware & Devices
Run two external hard drives?
I can only run one at a time instead of two. I would like to copy my 1.5tb over to my 2tb so I have a back up. My laptop only holds 200GB of remaining data so I can't use that hard drive or I would. Anyone have a clue on this? Thanks and really could do with the help.
Hardware & Devices
External Hard Drives
I have two external hard drives which i store and run stuff from.... This has never been a problem while running xp. I've been sitting on this problem for a while looking for a solution or waiting untill i have seen someone else with a similar problem in hope that there will be a fix. So far,...
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:13.
Twitter Facebook Google+