12-30-2008 06:07 PM
I'm having a serious problem here, and quite frankly I'm lost (and frustrated). Any help would be appreciated.
When my last laptop (running Vista) began to fail me, I purchased an external harddrive and synced all my files to it (it was then stolen, if you can believe my luck, but at least I had backed up nearly everything). I was given a loaner laptop from my school, which ran XP. I was able to back up the files from two XP computers (this new laptop and a desktop at home). Now I am trying to back up the files I have added to my new laptop (which runs Vista), as well as access the old ones, but I cannot. I have installed the Lite maxtor software on my computer that I might access my harddrive (which is password-protected), but when I start the software up, I get an error message that reads:
"Either the partition on the external drive is not recognized or the external drive has no partition. Do you want to create one?"
Well, no, actually, I don't. I want to access my harddrive. I don't know whether it's partitioned or not, but I do know that partitioning it now would erase all my precious data. Is there a more palatable solution to this than uploading all of my files to another computer, storing them there, and then putting them back on my harddrive once I've partitioned it (again?)? And why is this happening?
Thank you so much for any help you can give.
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12-31-2008 08:26 AM
Vista is picky... when the externals work... it's good.
I have a Maxtor mini.. just won't work right...
I'd try an XP computer and undo the password for now on the external.