Will a drive formatted in windows 7 work with vista? Tags: Hard Drives Windows 7 Windows Vista External Hard Drive Storage Last response: September 22, 2011 1:11 AM in Storage Share bomberwilding September 21, 2011 10:37:07 PM Hello, Can anyone help please? I see the external Hard Drive in disk management and devices lists, but it doesn't have a drive letter nor will it let me format with Vista. It works fine with Windows 7 which is on my laptop but won't work on my desktop which is Vista?? Any ideas please? Thanks Dave More about : drive formatted windows work vista PhilFrisbie a b $ Windows 7 a b G Storage September 21, 2011 11:53:36 PM It should work. What type of drive is it? How was it formatted? Is your Vista machine at work and locked down so that USB devices are not allowed? Ubrales a b $ Windows 7 a c 116 G Storage September 22, 2011 1:11:04 AM A formatted drive will work fine in XP, Vista, and Win 7. I have all three types of computers and I use the same external drive to do my backups on all three. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedUpgrading from Windows Vista to 7 drive formatting question? Forum SolvedReformatting a WD advanced format drive that's previously been aligned to XP to work on Windows 7 should work, right? Forum SolvedHow to format drive with Vista from Windows 7 Forum SolvedCan I install system builder Windows 7 on a formatted hard drive? Forum Restoring documents from a USB drive which is asking to be formatted - Windows Vista Forum I tried to clean install from disk, and formatted d drive that windows vista was Forum Formatted windows 7 and my recovery disks wont work Forum Mac formatted hard drive on windows vista laptop Forum I have formatted my hard disk by windows vista and devide partition in 3 drive b Forum SolvedHow can I format my vista hard drive so I can do clean install of win7 Forum formatted c drive using herein's boot CD - cant get windows 7 bck Forum I cant setup windows 7 tried 19 times formatted c drive what can I dp Forum Windows 7 freezes at boot up, formatted drive, and the installer is also freezing! What's going on? Forum Need to undo a New Simple Volume on Windows 7 on a Western Digital 500GB external hard drive formatted for OS X. Forum SolvedInstalling Windows Vista/Windows 7 on a hard drive with 512 bytes/physical sector and non-aligned partitions Forum Solvedcan a hard drive from a windows 7 be installed and run on a vista system Forum Solvedmy camera is compatible w windows vista will it work on windows 7 Forum Solvedmy camera is compatible w windows vista will it work on windows 7 Forum Solvedmy gpu won't work correctly on windows vista and windows 7 Forum Usb external drive remove and then it needs to be formatted windows 7 only Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !