Re: External Hard Drive Goes Missing
Thanks very much for your input.
By the way, I'm using a FireWire 400 connection to this external hard drive.
I will continue to play around with some of the settings/options you noted.
Hopefully this situation will not continue too much longer.
> I have a USB powered 2.5 inch form factor external drive connected to a
> notebook which occasionally does the same thing under XP.
> Occasionally when the computer is booted the external hard drive is not
> recognized although it is powered up.
> Presumably when the USB bus is scanned under some circumstances some devices
> are not properly recognized USB is not infallible.
> You should also make sure the drive is plugged into a USB port that connects
> directly to the motherboard and not an external USB multiport device.
> Your leg should feel longer after talking to whoever you talked to at Lacie.
> There are no additional drivers needed to run your device in Vista.
> When my notebook drive acts up simply unplugging and replugging in the drive
> restores its functions. Of course every time you do that you have to reset
> the sharing permissions because it is a brand new drive as far as Windows is
> I do not know if you have tried this or, in system/device manager right
> clicking on anything and select scan for hardware changes.
> If the problem persists it could be a sign that the hard drive is failing,
> or there is a problem with its USB circuitry. I would run a software
> diagnostic on the hard drive as soon as possible because if the hard drive
> is failing a terrabyte is a lot of lost data.