1. Post #1
    CivilProtection's Avatar
    August 2009
    896 Posts
    Is it possible to trick Vista into thinking it's XP so it runs programs like XP? Because I just bought a no-name 500gb portable hard drive off ebay and it won't work with vista. It just says "searching for drivers" and then says it couldn't find them. I try it on my brothers computer which has XP and it works instantly. I've tried it on other computers with XP and all of them work fine with it. Is it possible to run Vista in some sort of permanent XP compatibility mode because I hate this OS so much.
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  2. Post #2
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    rieda1589's Avatar
    November 2007
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    Use windows 7 or don't buy shitty hardware.
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  3. Post #3
    CivilProtection's Avatar
    August 2009
    896 Posts
    First off Windows 7 uses the same compatibility as Vista, second I have a Q6600, 4gb of ram and a hd4870 so my hardware isn't shitty. And if you aren't going to help then don't post.
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  4. Post #4
    The Last Man's Avatar
    May 2008
    310 Posts
    Windows 7 does however have an "XP" mode that allows it to act as though it were windows XP. That should solve the driver issue.
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  5. Post #5
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    January 2008
    2,303 Posts
    First off Windows 7 uses the same compatibility as Vista, second I have a Q6600, 4gb of ram and a hd4870 so my hardware isn't shitty. And if you aren't going to help then don't post.
    Ugh, he means that the no-name HDD is shitty hardware.

    Edited:

    Windows 7 does however have an "XP" mode that allows it to act as though it were windows XP. That should solve the driver issue.
    It's just a virtual machine.
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  6. Post #6
    Meteora93's Avatar
    June 2008
    74 Posts
    I think he meant the HDD because it doesn't support vista.

    EDIT:
    fuck - too late
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  7. Post #7
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    Robber's Avatar
    January 2006
    6,138 Posts
    It's not a compatibility issue, it's a problem with the drivers. Specifically: You don't have them. So XP mode/compatibility etc. won't help you at all.

    First off Windows 7 uses the same compatibility as Vista, second I have a Q6600, 4gb of ram and a hd4870 so my hardware isn't shitty. And if you aren't going to help then don't post.
    Windows 7 doesn't use the same "compatibility" as Vista.

    Windows 7 does however have an "XP" mode that allows it to act as though it were windows XP. That should solve the driver issue.
    Windows 7 doesn't have a XP mode, it has a XP virtual machine which can be run in seamless mode.
    If you have a XP license you can even do this on Linux, Solaris, MacOS X, Vista or XP itself.
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  8. Post #8
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    April 2008
    517 Posts
    You can either; Buy a new hard drive, or "buy" Windows XP.

    Seriously though, you can get a Western Digital Green 1TB for like $80 now.

    Look how nice I am.

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  9. Post #9
    haksword's Avatar
    January 2008
    148 Posts
    He wanted a portable hardrive so an internal one is'nt much use.
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  10. Post #10
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    March 2008
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    Emulating XP won't give you the needed drivers, you should have checked before you bought the product. Also, try looking online for drivers?
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  11. Post #11
    ReznorT's Avatar
    November 2008
    1,165 Posts
    Vista lacks the Drivers, it was obviously never implemented at release, nor addressed at service pack stage
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  12. Post #12
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    Foda's Avatar
    April 2006
    2,738 Posts
    a hdd that needs drivers? what?
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  13. Post #13
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    March 2008
    2,625 Posts
    a hdd that needs drivers? what?
    It's probably just not supported by Vista rather than driver issues.
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  14. Post #14
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    April 2008
    517 Posts
    He wanted a portable hardrive so an internal one is'nt much use.
    K.

    My mistake.

    Also, have you tried formatting the hard drive to NTFS? It might not work with Vista if its not NTFS.
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  15. Post #15
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    November 2008
    8,118 Posts
    he wanted a portable external. Not a desktop one.

    Edited:

    rtfp
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  16. Post #16
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    jay z's Avatar
    April 2008
    517 Posts
    he wanted a portable external. Not a desktop one.

    Edited:

    rtfp
    Read MY fucking post.

    I fixed my mistake.
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  17. Post #17
    ReznorT's Avatar
    November 2008
    1,165 Posts
    It's probably just not supported by Vista rather than driver issues.
    Same thing
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  18. Post #18
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    January 2006
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    K.

    My mistake.

    Also, have you tried formatting the hard drive to NTFS? It might not work with Vista if its not NTFS.
    Vista supports FAT32, exFAT, NTFS and probably some older ones I forgot. So that can't be the issue, especially since Vista specifically said that it can't find the drivers for it.
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  19. Post #19
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    November 2008
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    Read MY fucking post.

    I fixed my mistake.
    where

    the first link you posted is an internal drive, the second is a desktop external

    he wants a portable external

    I don't know whether to rate you box or book so as a compromise you get rainbow
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  20. Post #20
    BmB
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    August 2008
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    What kind of hard drive is it? Does it have some sort of model number? Have you tried searching for that? Possibly along with "Vista"?
    Of all the possible solutions this was what you first thought of?
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