Mod Edit: Split from https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/662366/windows-xp-computer-no-longer-recognising-external-hard-drive/ - Hamluis.
This isn't an old thread so I won't make a new one.
My Windows XP as been giving problems for a couple of months so I thought I would do a quick format and re-install.
I have loads of folders on there so I bought a new Seagate Expansion External hard drive 2TB from Curry's.
My Windows 7 32bit laptop also needs a rebuild with other problems. Windows XP faults couldn't copy the folders over, it copied but the progress bar goes down to 10 seconds ans no further. So my laptop is networked to Windows XP so I copied all folders over which took 6 bleeding hours. They all copied. I copied and tested the new drive It plugs in as normal all folders and files are there.
Anyway I copied all the folders over to the new Seagate 2TB drive. After Windows XP restarts I plug in the new drive to copy all folders back over. The usual popup in task bar new new found installing drives. There was no page saying look at files/folders. I check My Computer and the drive wasn't shown. I have a few external drives so I plugged one of those in. Same popup installing drives and page showing what to do showed.
I checked Device Manager and it listed. I checked Disk Management and the drive shows but there was no drive letter associated. If you right-click on the drive the Change drive letter and paths was greyed out. I put it back in may laptop and changed it to G. I tried it back in XP and its still not recognized. I changed it back to E.
Is there something I'm missing? It can't be a faulty new drive if it shows as normal on Windows 7.
Any help would be appreciated.
Edited by hamluis, 10 January 2018 - 12:27 PM.