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External Hard Drive Not Recognized Anymore

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#1 arsarcanum4


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:46 PM

So basically my external hard drive was acting up and I was going to disable and re-enable it to try and solve the problems.

I went to Computer Management -> Disk Management and disabled Disk 1 (which was the HDD). To disable it, I right clicked the disk and went to the properties. I went to the Driver Tab (which lists: Driver Details, Update Driver, Rollback Driver, Disable, and Uninstall). I clicked the disable option.

It disappeared and whenever I plug it in, it doesn't show up anymore.

The HDD is the Screenplay HD from Iomega and the drivers are located on the HDD itself. The HDD still works because I plugged it into my MAC. From there, I just erased everything and set it up to use FAT32 so it would be compatible with both systems.

The HDD shows up under the USB Controllers except as a "USB Mass Storage Drive" now and the menu to do anything with it doesn't pop up.

Any idea how to re-enable it? It seems that I need to find some unallocated partition in Disk Management and add a new disk. However, there is no more unallocated partition. It also seems I need to download third party programs to create an unallocated partition.

Help is very much appreciated and I will be here to answer questions.

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#2 arsarcanum4

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 03:32 PM

Solved. If anyone else has this problem, try:


It will reappear with a different name under the disk drives(which is why I didn't realize it in the first place). Just enable it and you should be good to go.

#3 hamluis



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Posted 20 August 2012 - 08:48 PM

Feedback appreciated...happy computing :).


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