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Annoying drive access issues
Hello all,

About 3 weeks ago I ran into a problem accessing my DVD RW drive, San Disk Cruzer Micro drive, and Western Digital My Book Hard drive. Prior to this time, their use was perfectly normal.

I am running Vista Ultimate as my OS on an Acer Aspire 5610-4648.

Presently, I receive the following message when I access my jump drive:

G:\ drive is not accessible
Access is denied

Upon exploring my computer folder, I receive similar notifications for the other drives. The generally show up in the folder with a red slash through them. When I examine the hardware, in Windows Device Manager, it says the DVD RW and USB devices are working properly.

Following prior advice, I disabled Vista's User Account security setup. I now am able to view DVDs, despite the everpresent red slash, but have not tried to burned a CD or DVD yet.

Meanwhile, my USB hard and jump drives now appear, without a slash, when I attach them to my USB ports. Nonetheless, I still receive the above notification and cannot access either drive. It is clearly not a problem with USB power -- given I can plug in other non-drive devices that require power.

This is putting a major crimp in my weekly file back up schedule.

Anybody know what might be causing this highly frustrating condition and how I might go about fixing it?

I am not prepared to wipe the OS and start from scratch:

1) I've heard horror stories about bad reinstalls and could stand to lose apps and / or data.

2) This computer is an important research tool that I am using to conduct research overseas. Downtime or longtime loss of use is not an option, as I am trying to actively entering data on a regular basis into Office and other programs.


Help please, this becoming a real nuisance.


Matthew


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