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External hard drive problems


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#1 breeseg

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Posted 08 August 2005 - 05:05 PM

Anyone got any ideas,

I purchased an external hard drive to run from my laptop (acer extensa series running windows XP). The lap top recognises the additional hard ware, it appears on my control panel under the device manager, but I cannot access the drive to place files on it. The only thing I can do is click "safely remove mass USB storage device".

Its doing my head in. Its not available under my computer, I cant browse to it, I cant even find an option to format the little sucker.

My next step is to buy a small axe.

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 10:07 AM

I am assuming this drive is new and has no data on it to be saved.
Does the computer see the drive when plugged in and turned on?

If this is correct:
Right Click My Computer>Manage>Storage>Disk Management

From here you should see the drive in the right pane, right click the drive and choose Format then you will quick format the drive, be sure to format it in the File System type you wish to use. You can also choose the drive letter of the drive from the disk management. After choosing the Drive Letter be sure not to change it after storing data to the drive or you may not be able to access the data.

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 11:23 PM

Worked a treat. You learn something new everyday!
Thanks!

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 07:58 AM

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