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Usb Connections Not Showing Up On "my Computer"?

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#1 plaz


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Posted 23 February 2007 - 10:22 AM

I have a external hard drive that is hooked up thru one of my USB connections 100% of the time. It isn't always powered up but always plugged in. Another USB I use for everything else (mp3, camera, phone, card reader). Sometime it works fine and I can see whatever is hooked up on "My Computer". My problem is several times when I hook something up I hear the audible beep so I know it's connected, however I cannot find it listed in My Computer. Is there somewhere else I can find it? Is there a fix for this? How can I access it when I can't see it?

Thanks in Advance for your help!

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 01:48 PM


I had a similar problem recently, turnded out to be a broken ribbon cable within the case.
try replacing the USB cable, if that doesn't work, replace the ribbon cable.
Just a thought, if you go to device manager(right click on my computer click properties click hardware tab click the device manager button) are there any conflicts?


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Posted 23 February 2007 - 08:10 PM

Check in Disk Management to see if it's recognized there. If so, it's likely to be a drive letter assignment conflict. For example, if it's the F: drive and it's off when you plug something else in. That something else may take the F: drive designation for itself. Then, when you start the drive, it looks for the F: drive designation and can't use it - so it just sits there waiting for someone to tell it what to do.

Go to Start...Run...and type in "diskmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter. If you find the drive there, right click on it and assign it another drive letter.
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