I purchased an external hard drive and it works when it is connected to my desktop computer. However when i remove it and try to connect it to another pc or laptop I cannot access the hard drive. When I try to open it, instead of pulling up all the files that are saved on the disks, it says that the hard drive needs to be formatted.
When I plug it back into my desktop it begins to work again.
This is a recent problem, I have been able to connect it to my brothers laptop before that holds vista and it worked. now it will not.
I am currently using windows 7 32-bit
My hard drive is a LaCie 1TB external hardrive.
Thanks for any advice that might be given to correct my issue.
only thing that I want to make you aware of, that really the only change that I made to the drive was "bitlocker"
I am kind of ignorant about this feature that is built into windows 7. I thought all it would do would ask for a password when someone would access it. Alot of financial are on it as well, so if it was lost/stolen I want to make sure that it is safe.
Is this what is causing my problem? is there a work around?
thanks in advance.
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Yes, I think bit-locker is causing the problem. Try disabling bit-locker and then try it on the PC's it's currently not working on.
Bit-Locker is only available on windows 7 so I don't think other OS's can read it. On a win 7 machine, it should ask for the password.
By any chance, do you know any walk-thru's that would be able to assist me on this? I right clicked the drive to enable "bitlocker" but I cant right click to disable it. Looks like I need to find this feature elsewhere. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.