Help: Windows Vista doesn't recognize FAT32 external HD

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by marcel-v, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. marcel-v macrumors regular

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    Hi all. When I connect my external HD it fails to show up in Windows Vista. Is there a solution to this please?

    Cheers!
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Did you check if Vista has the USB drivers installed and working? Remember it's Vista and you have to check double for stuff to see if it works fine.
     
  3. marcel-v thread starter macrumors regular

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    Umm. I'm quite new to Vista. How can I check if the USB drivers are installed?
     
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Well you can use the Device Manager in Vista. That is located in Control Panel > Hardware Tab > Device Manager....

    If you see question marks besides your device it means you lack a device driver/firmware.

    I don't really use Vista much, buts thats how I remember the Device Manager being at.
     
  5. marcel-v thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, the HD doesn't actually even appear in the Device Manager. Any tips? What could the problem be?
     

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