Here’s the backstory. In preparation for an fdisk and installation of XP, I purchased a BUSLink 80gb external hard drive so I could backup some files. I followed the instructions for ME operation, and everything was fine for about 2 hours. File transfer was slower than I expected, as I’m only running USB 1.1, but it was working. After 2 hours, my power saver kicked in, and when I hit the spacebar to bring the monitor back to life, I saw an error generated from the external (F:) drive. It stated that the last file I was trying to copy was no longer on the F: drive, that it may have moved. Also, the window showing the drive contents of F: had closed.
I OK’ed the error message, and opened My Computer so I could reopen the F: drive. When I clicked on it, however, I got a message saying the drive was not formatted. I had previous evidence that this was not the case, as I had opened one of the files from that drive and it worked fine (in addition, the box claims the drive is preformatted in FAT32).
I then rebooted, but subsequently my PC would not see the drive, no matter what I did. I went throught the steps of adding a USB drive in Add Hardware, and I can get an icon w/ a yellow exclamation point, but ME then says that either the drivers are out of date or the device isn’t working properly. The drivers for ME were supposedly installed on the drive prior to my purchasing it, and the ones the OS finds on its own is not good enough to get it operating.
Any suggestions? I’d really rather not start over again with a new external drive if I can help it. Is it possible the drive reformatted itself during my file transfers? Other than a bad cable, what could cause my USB ports to not see the device now (and for the record, all the other USB devices I have attached are working perfectly)? I’ve emailed BUSLink support, but they’re West Coast so I won’t get an answer until at least 11:00 CDT.