External Hard Drive issue ???

Hi you all out there. The issue I am having is with regards to my external Hard drive. of which I have four. I have a docking station and also have two 2.5 external caddies. When I have one plug in all is ok can read disc excess all files ect. however when I unplug one drive and insert another the previous disc is still showing in my computer and the second one I plug in not recognised have tried updating drivers refresh ect no joy any ideas folks.

  johndrew 16 Jun 12

Which OS are you using?

It sounds as if you are 'hot swapping' (unplugging one drive and plugging another in without using the 'remove safely' option) the external drive; if so try using the recommended way of removing an external drive and see if this cures the problem.

If this is not so, are you closing the drive window before removing the drive? Not doing so can sometimes cause this type of problem.

  john bunyan 16 Jun 12

I have two additional SATA drives on W7 desktop mounted in removable caddies. They can be switched off with a key and pulled out on a slide. With XP they used to appear when I switced them on, but for W7 they have to be switched on before starting the PC. If you have yours connected at start up, do they show then?

  john bunyan 16 Jun 12

PS this does not apply to my USB HD's, which show when switched on , only the ones that are mounted as if slave drives in the tower.

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