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cant see WD20EARX hdd

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#1 hitpro


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Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:09 PM

i bought 4 Western Digital WD20EARX hard drives to fill up with music and movies. the problem is they are not recognized on ANY of my computers(netbook, laptop, nor desktop). i am able to see it in Device Manager on my desktop(running XP). i haven't tried Device Manager on the other pcs yet; which are running Windows 7(laptop), and Windows 7 starter(netbook).

i want to add that i installed the HDD in an external case and connected it via USB. i tried TWO of the FOUR hard drives and neither was recognized.

any suggestions? i would really like for the drives to work on ALL pcs, but my preference would be the netbook.


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Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:30 PM

check disk management to see if they are formatted or just shown as unallocated space.
r-click my computer -> manage -> disk management

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:36 PM

yes, it says it's unallocated.

i guess initiallizing it would work? if so, how can i do this on my netbook with Windows 7? (sorry to jump the gun)

Edited by hitpro, 18 April 2012 - 08:39 PM.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 01:06 PM

FWIW: How to Initialize a New Hard Drive eHow.com - http://www.ehow.com/how_4918155_initialize-new-hard-drive.html


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