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#1 loydclayton

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 09:28 PM

I have an HP Laptop with a Seagate FreeAgent hard drive attached to it. When I try to back up files to this drive, and go to choose where I want to backup the files to, the drive is not listed:

 

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See, no Seagate external drive listed. But, when I go to Device Manager on my computer, the Seagate drive is listed:

 

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Any ideas on why this drive shows up in Device Manger but not in my list of files, folders, & drives? Device Manager says this drive is working properly.

 

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 09:58 PM

 Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management.  There you'll see a map of your drives.  If the external drive has been formatted, all you'll likely need is to assign a drive letter to it.  If not, you'll need to create a partition and format it.

 

Good luck.


Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 10:53 PM

1.  Unplug all drives.
2.  If it has it's own power source, unplug it.
3.  Power down the computer.
4.  Leave unplugged for 5 minutes, leave computer powered down also.
5.  Plug the drive(s) in, plug in power cord, if appropriate.
6.  Start computer.

 

This worked for a friend.

Best of luck!
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Posted 21 July 2014 - 09:29 AM

open up disk management tool (you can find it in computer management, right click on computer and select manage). It should list the seagate drive and what state it is in ... please report back - Do Not do anything like initialize or format the disk - at this point we are just looking for the state of the drive.



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 10:41 PM

 Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management.  There you'll see a map of your drives.  If the external drive has been formatted, all you'll likely need is to assign a drive letter to it.  If not, you'll need to create a partition and format it.

 

Good luck.

 

Thanks, I did this and it worked. I assigned it letter E and it suddenly appeared:

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Mahalo!

 

-Loyd


Thanks to all who replied. Problem is solved!

 

Aloha,

 

Loyd






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