Weird problem or simple fix? -external hard drive

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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  1. Bitlocker is only available with Windows 7 Ultimate. Do you have this version of Windows?
  2. electrontau said:
    Bitlocker is only available with Windows 7 Ultimate. Do you have this version of Windows?



    Yes. that seems to be the case. Is bit locker, what is causing my issue?
  3. 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.
  4. Hawkeye22 said:
    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.
  5. Here are some simple instructions and a brief description of how bit-locker works.

    http://www.techtalkz.com/windows-7/515981-enable-disable-bitlocker-drive-encryption-windows-7-a.html
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