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Problem with WD external drive on Win XP sp3

Hi everyone! I have a problem with my new WD a 1TB external HDD, model wdbuzg0010bbk-eesn.
When i first got it it was GPT and my Win XP could not see it so i converted it to MBR with AOMEI Partition Assistant and it worked, my windows was able to see the new drive and i could copy about 20GB of data on it.

Next session, i open my computer and windows will not see the external drive. I went in Device Manager and saw it was trying to install it as a Toshiba drive, for what reason i don't know. I opened AOMEI again and the program sees the HDD as MBR. As i have data on the drive atm, it would be best if any solutions would keep it safe :)

Any ideas on what i can do to be able to use my HDD on my ancient computer?

Thank you all!
OD.
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  1. Windows Xp is famous for forgetting external drive types, and changing it mind about what the device is about, I suggest you get Windows 7 on it
  2. The Paladin said:
    Windows Xp is famous for forgetting external drive types, and changing it mind about what the device is about, I suggest you get Windows 7 on it


    If that was an option, i would have made it already :) But thanks!
  3. best solution I ever found was, boot without the drive connected to pc, then connected when desktop shows up, always plugging it into the same USB, seems to prevent such things
  4. The Paladin said:
    [best solution I ever found was, boot without the drive connected to pc...]


    Just tried it, same unfortunate result. :(
    I also tried to rollback on the driver, but it says there is no previous driver.
    I tried different usb ports, same result. Windows sees it as TOSHIBA RFBUS Driver and obviously it's faulty and not working. Why it tries to install a Bluetooth driver is beyond me :)
  5. Best answer
    Are you sure the drive is good? Whatever people write about XP, I've never had a problem with external hard drives. But I did have a few issues with bad disks and enclosures and that might cause weird things to happen.

    Anyway what I'd try:
    - Unplug the drive
    - Find a driver uninstallation program. There are a couple of those.
    - Install a driver from the manufacturer (WD), then connect the drive (to one of the ports on the back of the PC if it's a desktop)

    Also, is the drive properly formatted, preferably to NTFS? If you use a partitioning program such as Easeus Partition manager, what does that show?
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