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Can't access external hard drive


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#1 Hakrim

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 10:30 AM

When I plug my external hard drive into my USB port, the little light on it goes on like always, but usually it shows up in My Computer under 'Devices with Removable Storage' but now it's not. I checked my device manager and its showing up on there, so I know the computer is recognizing it. I just can't access the data stored on there. Is there any other way for me to do so?

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 12:27 PM

Have you tried to access it via Windows Explorer?

Start - run - explorer
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 04:35 PM

Take a look in Disk Management...Start/Run...type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 04:55 PM

Take a look in Disk Management...Start/Run...type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

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It showed up in disk management and I was able to access it through that. It froze for a minute but after it came back, my hard drive is now appearing back under my computer.

So I guess that did the trick. Thank you!

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 05:12 PM

Well...I would be concerned :thumbsup:.

Anytime a drive disappears from My Computer...and is properly connected...it usually means problems in the near-term future.

I think I'd run the appropriate hard drive diagnostic on it.

Bootable Hard Drive Diagnostics - Vox - http://usasma.vox.com/library/post/bootabl...iagnostics.html

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 06:00 PM

Ok I'll do that and see what happens. I surely don't want any more problems to arise.

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:50 PM

Well...I would be concerned :thumbsup:.

Anytime a drive disappears from My Computer...and is properly connected...it usually means problems in the near-term future.

I think I'd run the appropriate hard drive diagnostic on it.

Bootable Hard Drive Diagnostics - Vox - http://usasma.vox.com/library/post/bootabl...iagnostics.html

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I am having some trouble with step 4. I right click the iso file, click copy image to CD and then the CD recording wizard pops up. But thats where I get stuck. Do I select Image file or CD as the source? And aftr selecting either one, the drop down box under Recorder doesn't give me anything to select.

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 02:32 PM

I don't use the program Usasma suggested...but they are all pretty similar.

An .iso file is an image...so you want to select "image file" as source.

There are any number of programs that can be used to burn .iso files into bootable CDs. If that one is too complex for you...try the suggestions from the following: How to write a CD-DVD image or ISO - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/write-a-cd-dvd-image-or-iso/.

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