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can't access external drive - "my computer" not responding

by MO FO / December 15, 2007 7:40 PM PST

Hi , not sure where to begin here, everything seems to have gone wrong.

It started last night when tried to set up a wireless connection using a Netgear Rangemax I bought a while back. I followed all the instructions, installing the software from the cd first and connecting the wireless usb adapter which all seemed to go OK but then I tried setting up the router but although everything looked like it was ready to go my I kept getting a message that that no router or cable were detected. I looked in device manager and saw that there was no ethernet driver installed. I thought that might be the problem so went back to my ADSL connection and visited Dell to find the right driver. I used the service tag as directed to look for the correct driver , downloaded it and installed it but in the middle of doing that a blue screen came up saying something had gone wrong with the external drive and the disc needed checking, this took ages but eventually finished with a message that some bad clusters had been repaired.

I thought that was fixed so tried to continue setting up the router but still it wasn't being detected, finally I gave up and decided to go back to the old ADSL connection as I need to get on with some work, that's when I found that the external drive was inaccessible and if I tried right clicking its icon in my computer the screen froze and task manager showed it as "not responding"

In the past when the external drive has had problems I just unplugged it, rebooted and plugged it back in but nothing seems to work now, I've tried it on a laptop too but it isn't recognised by that either.

Any ideas?

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Model Dimension 2400
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2392 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A02, 31/07/2003
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
Time Zone GMT Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 576.68 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB

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