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#1 gotsaed

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Posted 30 October 2015 - 10:43 AM

I have 2 internal hardrives that i connect to my computer via usb adapter
The problem is that I cannot find them anywhwere. Not in my computer or in bios. They are both western digital, 1 terrabyte in size and I just need to wipe them I also have 1 with 3 terrabyte that connects fine. When I connect it the message  " you need to format the disk before you can use it" comes up. I don't want to do that because it has files on it I would like to keep. 
I'm not sure what to do about it so I would appreciate some help. :wink:


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Posted 30 October 2015 - 03:39 PM

Do they show up in disk management? 



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Posted 30 October 2015 - 04:48 PM

An unformatted hard drive...will never appear in My Computer.  Formatting, partitioning, drive letter...those are how Windows identifies useable storage space.

 

An unformatted drive may or may not be reflected in Disk Management, IME.  I can say that it "should" but I won't say that it "will".

 

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Posted 30 October 2015 - 05:17 PM

No they do not show in disk management.



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Posted 30 October 2015 - 06:20 PM

What is the OS of the computer? Have you tried attaching the drivers to another USB port or computer? What is the USB adapter you are using?

 

Are the drives 2.5 or 3.5? Have these drives been detected before on this computer and when did the problem start?


Edited by JohnC_21, 30 October 2015 - 06:21 PM.


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Posted 01 November 2015 - 11:48 PM

At the moment  win 8.1 but I tried it on win 7 ultimate too. I have two adapters, one is an usb 2 to sata/ide cable and the other is an opened extenal disk attachment from Medion. the drives are 3.5 and the 2 come from discarded cmputers. the 3tb comes from a Medion nas server. I can hear the drives running but one of the 1tbs has a clicking sound.



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Posted 02 November 2015 - 08:04 AM

I got to say this, but unfortunately it's the dreaded click of death.



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Posted 02 November 2015 - 05:03 PM

Clicking is not a good sign in a hard drive. If the drives are 3.5 you will need an external power brick along with the adapter. Are you using a power brick with the adapters?






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