I've had this external hard drive which I threw together with a sabrent external enclosure and an 80gb hard drive from an old laptop that died. Anyway. I put some games on it and it was working out pretty fine for the past month, until a couple days ago. My friends and I were playing Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, which is installed on the external, and we wanted to check something, so we minimized the game and looked up something using mozilla firefox. After a few minutes we went to open the game back up and it wouldn't opened, and it came up at not responding. So we closed the game and afterward tried opening the game again and it wouldn't, it just did nothing. Then we tried opening mozilla and my whole computer froze. I restarted the computer, and when I tried opening grand theft auto again, the loading screen would go half way then just freeze up. I tried a few times and it still kept freezing. So I went on and tried opening some other programs and folders and nothing would open on my computer! If something did open, and I tried clicking on it, it would come up as not responding (it didn't matter if the programs, files, or folders I tried opening were on the external or not).
I finally realized that my external hard drive being plugged in causes these problems. Also, now the drive is not recognized in my computer, but the computer detects the usb drive is plugged in, and under device manager, and disk management. Here is a screenshot of my desktop, of how the drive shows up in disk management and device manager (I had to open both programs up before I plugged the external in or, they would not open)
Notice how disk management is not responding. This is just from me clicking my mouse. Also, Drive D that is being shown is just a little 39mb partition on my hard drive in my computer, Disk 1 shown on the bottom part is the external. I also tried the drive on my brothers laptop running windows xp, and it would bring up a message saying something about a bitmap file being corrupt and then the whole laptop would just lock up.
So can someone help me out on how to fix this? I think if I reformatted the drive it would be fine, but windows isn't letting me. I don't need any files off of it either. Thanks, I really appreciate it!
Edited by Sterling14, 16 February 2008 - 02:02 PM.
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