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External Hard Drive - Not Found

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#1 overandoutproductions


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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:03 AM

I have purchased a external hard drive case and have 2 different old hard drives which I want to get information from.

1st Hard Drive works perfectly. It's a 40GB hard drive, I plug it into the external case and it comes up in windows explorer with drive letter d: and all is good.

2nd Hard Drive 80GB western digital. It finds it in the device manager as a usb disk and also comes up as new hard ware as a usb mass storage device but it doesn't come up with a drive letter in disk managment.

I have tried re-starting the computer, and starting the external drive first. But it doesn seem to work

I'm running windows xp with all the updates

Is their someway to manuel label a mass storage device?

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 12:11 PM

If the 80GB Western Digital is new, you want to format the new drive using Disk Management.

Click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. In the console tree, click Disk Management. Right-click the disk you want to initialize, and then click Initialize Disk.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:10 PM

If the disk is formatted and readable you should be able to right click on it in Disk Management and choose another drive letter. If you can't, check the drive's status to see if it's partitioned and formatted.

FWIW - if you tell Device Manager to "Show Hidden Devices" you'll be able to see all the drives that you've ever plugged into the USB ports.
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