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Solved Connecting External Backup Drive


Jackman33

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I have a external drive that I used for backup with XP. What do I need to do to make it work with windows 8? How do I get win to recognize it? It is a IDE drive and is connected via USB.

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MilesAhead

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What happens when you plug it in?

If the answer is nothing, I would try installing the drivers using compatibility mode XP SP3.
 

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Berton

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Usually just plugging in the USB cable will work, it's the backup software/program that may be an issue. I don't use such software, prefer simple copying so I can use the External USB HDD on any computer that can read NTFS formatting. Mac OS X usually can't read NTFS but I use a 120GB FAT32 HDD for that or the NAS on my Network [connected to the Router]..
 

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I'm wondering if the drivers are 16 bit. If so it may require a VM to use it since the W8 is x64. Dosbox may also be worth a try.
 

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#6
Glad you got it going. :)
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.0 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Toshiba Satelite C55D-A Laptop
    CPU
    AMD EI 1200
    Memory
    4 gb DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Raedon 340 MB dedicated Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built in
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    640 GB (spinner) Sata II
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Touch pad