Posted 07 October 2009 - 04:21 AM
My sister has recently bought a Seagate external hard drive (Seagate Expansion Home storage 1tb from PC World) in order to back up her HP laptop running XP (SP3). When it is connected (via USB) it looks like it starting to connect (windows detected new hardware, etc), but then before it completes the process it comes up with an error message "Windows could not load the installer for volume-contact your hardware vendor". The drive is brand new from a sealed box, and hasnít had anything on it before. Itís formatted as NTFS. It doesnít come up with a drive letter assigned when looking in Device Manager, and even when one is assigned it will not appear in Explorer. After assigning a drive letter, I was able to go to the DOS level and copy a file from the laptopís C: directly to the external drive. I have connected this drive successfully to my own laptop (Fujitsu) and been able to see it in Explorer. I have tried changing the power and data cables, even trying it without the surge protector, but no joy. I have also tried to connect my lacie drie to her laptop but get the same error message for this too. She does use the USB ports for other devices - such as her printer, VOIP phone and a pen drive, and these all work fine. When trying the external drive these are all detached.
I think it must be some sort of setting in XP, or some missing files, but I have no ideas left as to what it might be. Any help appreciated. As itís my sisterís machine, I might take a day or so to reply to any suggestions, but I will get back.