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Usb External Harddrive Not Showing Up...

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#1 helltrack


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Posted 29 November 2007 - 09:32 AM

I turn on my hard drive and it doesnt show up in "My Computer"...I look in "Disk Management" and it is not there either... I can hear the bad boy running and when i turn it on i get the "duh dum" noise from windows telling me that it notices something got hooked up...what to do?

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#2 doomgiver13


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Posted 29 November 2007 - 10:26 AM

what's the HDD brand and model?

Is this a self-contained external, or a drive you bought and put into an enclosure?

when windows gives you the found new hardware indication, what does it say it sees?

check your connections.
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#3 hamluis



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Posted 01 December 2007 - 11:56 AM

XP's My Computer will not see unformatted drives. Has to be formatted before it can be used for anything. Format allows XP to recognize, assign drive letter. Then it's officially recognized by XP :thumbsup:.

However, it should show up in Disk Management. As previously asked...is this a package deal or a hard drive you inserted into an enclosure?

You can format it in Disk Management, after which it will appear in My Computer/Explorer.

Only other reason for a drive not to appear in XP (and still be working properly) is if a partition/drive letter is already assigned that drive and there is already a drive attached to XP with the same letter.


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