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external portable hd wants 'format' on W7 but ok in XP anybody know why..


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#1 talx

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:12 PM

i decided to move most of the 'movies' i got on my laptop (W7, 64bit) to an external portable hd, this was done with no problems, a few weeks later i decided to plug this hd back into my laptop and check which movies i had, the hd opened i could see the movies so i clicked on one to be played but i got a message saying 'file not found' so i decided to plug the hd into a different usb port on the laptop, this time got a message saying (something like) 'device needs formatting' strange i thought..

 

Anyway i had an idea to plug this portable hd into my XP desktop, the hd opened and i could play all the movies with no problems, this is baffling me, can anybody explain why this happened.....thanks. 



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 10:46 PM

Run chkdsk /r on the drive.



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 06:39 AM

Run chkdsk /r on the drive.

well after a few attempt with this hd plugged into my W7 laptop i got it open, went to properties/tools/check disk and it seems to be ok,(for now) the thing i would like to know is why did i have a problem with Windows 7 but not with XP....



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 09:28 AM

bad sectors will cause windows 7 to ask to format the drive.






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