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#1 Great Flight 70

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 01:29 PM

After connecting a USB cable with a hard drive attached to it to my desktop computer I looked in Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Disk Storage and was surprised that the hard drive failed to appear.  I then connected it to my notebook computer.  It appeared as a hard drive storage device and I was able to access it.   Why didn't my Windows 7 desktop computer recognize it? 

 

I again plugged the USB cable into a USB port on my desktop computer and rebooted. A blue light on the USB adapter went on. I looked in Devices/Printers and found it.  I right clicked on it's icon and then I clicked on Properties.  It said the driver was working.  Isn't that nice. :bubbles:

 

How can it be that on my notebook running Vista it shows up as a disk storage device, on my Windows 7 desktop it appears under Printers and Devices?

 

 



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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 06:24 PM

Different OSs. On some variants of Win 7 empty drives for example do not show up in Windows Explorer. 'Devices and printers' is not 100% reliable. You just made me go and look at mine and I see it is listing an external hard drive which I binned two months ago because it failed. Happily it had been showing symptoms of increasing unreliability and all the data had been taken off it. I have two others,  not currently connected, and it doesn't show either of them. Go figure !

 

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