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#1 wavemaker

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 03:11 AM

Gooday all. I bought a WD 1TB external HD to store all my music on. What do I have to do to get it seen by the main drive. I expected it would just plug in and then show up when I open "my computer". Fraid not. Could some one point me in the right direction please. I have a pretty standard sort of computer. 2gb ram,Athlon 64 and ASUS M/B. Nvidia GeForce9400 GT video card.Thanks in advance, James.

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 07:10 AM

If an attached drive is not reflected in My Computer...then the first thing that should be done is take a look in Disk Management and see if the drive is reflected.

Second consideration, if drive is reflected in Disk Management...is to see if the drive is formatted.

Start/Run...type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter or OK.

If the drive is not reflected in Disk Management nor in My Computer...check the instructions for using the drive and check the connections of same.

Disk Management - http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_management.htm

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 03:36 AM

Sorry about posting that in the wrong place. I am using XP and just lazily posted there. Hamluis, many thanks, I have now formatted the disk, well 50gb of it , in NTFS. I copied some U2 tracks over to it to test drive and it shows they are there but wont play them. Can you tell me the next step please. Kind regards, James.
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 01:46 PM

What program do you have selected to play .mp3 files?

WMP will play them...but not if something else is the default. In fact, I think WMP will play them only after it is selected as the default program for opening/playing .mp3 files.

When you right-click on an .mp3 file...what options do you see?

What happens if you just double-click an .mp3 file?

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 06:00 PM

Thanks again for the reply. I am heading out west for a few days, I will get on to this when I get back. James.
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