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New 3.0 external hard disk not recognized in XP

Q: New 3.0 external hard disk not recognized in XP

Hello, can anyone help me with these:

I have bought new Verbatim Store N Go external hard drive (500 GB) for my HP laptop, which only supports USB 2.0.

Windows XP PS3 cannot recognize the device, once connected with 2.0 USB. If I try to connect it at friends laptop, it works instantly in 3.0 hub but also doesnt work with the 2.0 hub on the same computer, which runs Vista (it says USB device is not recognized)

I have followed the recomendations about disabling infcache.1 in c:\windows\inf\, still no success.

Thanks for any useful advice.

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Hello,
I brought a new 1 TB seagate free-agent external hard drive. I connected it to my laptop which runs windows VISTA.
when i connected it for the first time, there was no problem in my laptop recognizing it or its ( wotever installation if you call it so ). so I transfered all my data as a back from my laptop ( aprx abt 100gb) to the new hard drive, and even double checked it on the new hard drive and everything was fine. later i disconnected the hard drive via the SAFELY remobe hardware. Later after abt half an hour I tried connecting back the hard drive to my same laptop, but it would not just show up. i tried everything liek trying to restart my system, connecting and disconnecting my external hard drive, changing the connecting USB cable, tried on different systems ( vista, XP) but the it would just not work( but the light on the hard drive does glow up). I ve noticed that for teh first few mintues( say 5-10 mins) there is some kind of slight sound from the hard drive Now all the data is on this hard drive and i am lost. I cannot affrord a data recovery options as its very expensive.
so i was just praying and hoping that someone could please help me out of this mess. Can someone out there please help me .
Regards.
Ravi.
 

A:My external hard disk would not be recognized

My external is not always recognized. What I do and it seems to work is to power it up for a min. or two before plugging it into a usb port.
 

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hi guys,

I have been using this WD external hard disc from last one year. all of a sudden its not getting recognised in my computer. below are some details...

- I am using windows XP.
- tried restarting the laptop, no luck.
- change the USB cable that woks with another external HD.
- It is identified at the USB icon on the desktop as USB Mass storage device, but my computer will not recognise.
- In th disc management its not getting recognised.
- my laptop is recognising different hard disc drive and able to see the contents in it.
 

A:My external hard disk is not getting recognized

It's possible that the disk has gone bad or the controller inside the external enclosure has gone bad. One option would be to remove the drive from the external case and either install it in the PC or put it into another external enclosure and see if it works.
 

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Windows 2000,
Toshiba HDD2934/MK1814GAV
Apricorn EZ-GIG PCMCIA card

I used to use the above configuration as an external hrad disk on my Dell laptop, but then it suddenly stopped working. One day I plugged the external drive into the PCMCIA slot of my laptop and, although the disk spun up as expected, the drive letter (E didn't appear in Windows Explorer, My Computer and was inaccessible at the Command prompt. According to Windows, the drive is working properly and it always spins up when plugged in or activated/enabled. I have even tried to install the configuration on other laptop computers running Win2K, including my latest machine (IBM ThinkPad.)

I'm running out of ideas and I don't want to just replace the drive because it contains some important data. Can anybody give me advice? I have even tried some utility software (such as Norton), but the partition doesn't seem to be recognized at all.

Can anybody help, please?
Many thanks,
James.
 

A:External hard disk no longer recognized

a couple thing you can do first is to test hd in another notebook,

also what you have is basiclly a harddrive in a pcmia card so all you have to do in theory is to take apart and if your notebook can take two hardrives install it (which i doubt it can) or buy an adapter and hook it up to a desktop computer ide cable the adapter cost around 5$ and i bought 1 from ebay for that porpose
 

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I bought a new external hard disk box, and put my old hard disk in it. The old hard disk was formatted with a c: and d: drive, but my soft and windows only recognizes the c: drive, the other d: drive is ignored. Weird. Any suggestions?
 

A:External hard disk, only c: drive recognized

Even disk management ( if you're using XP ) doesn't "see" it?
 

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I have a Simple Tech Pininfarina 320 GB external hard drive that is no longer recognized by two different PCs, even under disk management. When plugged into the USB, the PCs do try to install the driver, but fails. It is recognized under Devices and Printers as Unspecified and with the information Model-Simple Drive, Category - Unknown, and Status-Software is installing for this drive. The troubleshooter searches for a driver, but does not find one. Basically I get the information that "There is a problem wiht the driver for USB Mass Storage Device. Reinstalling the driver might fix this problem." But I cannot find a driver for this hard drive.

Can anyone steer me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance!
 

A:External hard drive not recognized in Disk Management

The system is telling you that there is a problem with a USB driver, check in the Device Manager for any yellow warnings. Under Universal Serial Bus Controllers you will see a driver for USB Mass Storage Devices, right click and uninstall it then reboot, Windows should reinstall it, or go to the motherboard's manufacturer's site and download and install the latest chipset drivers..

There are two other possibilities, the hard drive has failed or the circuitry in the enclosure has develpoed a fault.

Remove the hard drive from the enclosure and (if you have access to one) hook it up to the internal connections of a dektop PC. Or, purchase a USB Hard Drive Adapter (about ?10) from a computer store or eBay and then plug it into the USB connection on any computer and see if you can then access the drive.
 

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Hi everyone
I'm new here and even though i have been reading a lot of usueful threads , i couldn't solve my problem at all.

Well i have an external HDD Iomega 2Tb , that after a while stopped to work entirely.
At first i would get "corrupted data " messages on windows 7, but now i can't access any of its content, even though as soon as i connect it to my pc it DOES get recognized and has a letter assigned, but i just can't do anything on it.

I tried formatting it via windows but the proccess fails before even starting( it looks like any pc i connect it to, detect it at first(like a couple of seconds) but then its connection goes off even though its usb cable is perfect and i also tried connecting with several different cables just to be sure.

Then i used several programs, like "hard disk low level format tool" which as soon as i start the formatting process gives error strings and doesn't even start the process at all( remains stuck at 0%)

I also tried to use "Hard disk sentinel" program which gives it a status of 0% health and suggests me to back its data up. Too bad i just can't access it at all. it also states "REALLOCATED SECTORS COUNT"


I tried booting my pc with gparted and seeing if it could somehow formatting it and assign a new partition but it's like each program can access for a very short amount of time( the hdd led blinks as well) then it can't be accessed anymore and "gets lost" (its led stops b... Read more

A:External Hard disk Iomega 2 Tb recognized by pc but can't be formatted

Welcome to SF gabriel,

I would double check the connection by trying another USB port and changing the cable and let us know if that helps.

Sorry you tried different cables I see, does the drive show up in the bios? Does the drive have an alternate connection like esata or firewire you could try?

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I've been having this problem for a few months now. I recently built my own computer, having been on a lap top for a couple of years, and found my old external hard drive. I plugged it in to the new computer, and it said something about needing to be formatted, which I promptly did due to nothing of importance being on it. I went to sleep, and woke up to see that it couldn't be formatted.

This is where my issue begins. It no longer appears in Computer, or Disk Management. Disk Management won't even load if I have the drive plugged in. There seems to be no way at all to format the drive, since Computer, and Disk Management both don't load when the drive is plugged in. Any help?
 

A:External Hard Drive is Not Recognized in Computer or Disk Management

I have a similar problem. I have an old external hard drive and it wont showed up or open under my computer or disk management. I tried to open it under disk management but there is no way to be found. The files F, G, H, etc are empty. I really appreciate an extra help here since I am not a computer expert. Thank you!!!!
 

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Hey,

I got new Desktop recently, Lenovo K450e, and when I went to plug in my external HD, Seagate 500GB, it didn't show up in either My Computer or Disk Management and there are no exclamation points next to the drivers suggesting that I would need a driver update. I plugged it into other ports on my computer with no luck but when I plug it into my laptop it works fine. I have read so many different forums with no luck. My computer is a Windows 8.1 intel core I7 processer.

Thank you
 

A:External Hard drive not recognized in My Computer or Disk Managment but it is on my laptop

Make sure you update and apply all the Windows updates before trying to use this new computer. You can run Windows Update manually for this
 

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I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you

A:hard drive NOT recognized in computer but IS recognized in disk mgmnt.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by PERSIL


I just rebuilt an old system using Windows 7 Home Premium after using WinXP pro for many years. The primary hard drive is WDC 150 Mg and Win7 is installed and updated to current with SP1. I dropped a second WDC hard drive in, formatted and was going to use it for a 2nd backup unit. Both of these are sata. Both hard drives are recognized by Disk Management but when I select Computer on the start menu ONLY the primary 150 Mg drive is recognized. If I plug in an external drive, both Computer and Disk Management recognizes the external drive. How do I have Win7 recognize my backup WDC drive so I can use it.

Thank you


Had similarities on my pc.

Goto BIOS, there you have 4 options.

Primary Master
Secondary Master

Primary Slave
Secondary Slave

Set it as follows:

Primary Master -----> Main Boot HDD
Secondary Master -----> EMPTY

Primary Slave -----> CD/DVD RAM
Secondary Slave -----> Secondary backup HDD
Hpe it helps!

Gala

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hi all,

i would like to ask you a very basic question:

What is the difference between an external hard disk and an internal hard disk mounted on external enclosure?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure risky in terms of loosing the data?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure reliable to use?

kindly let me know as there is a vast difference in the price of these hard disks. The external hard disk is costing more and if i use internal hard disk in external enclosure price is very much reduced.

my only concern about using internal hard disk in external enclosure is the reliability.

thanks in advance,

regards,
 

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First of all, I'm new. Hello everybody and a have Great New Year.
Reading some posts in forums, I believe my problem is very common.
But I can't solve it.
I had an external case USB (2,5 without ext AC power) with HD 80 Gb. My old notebook Asus was short in HD so I used Acronis True Image to clone internal disk on external one, flagging "maintain old drive".
Then I opened the cases and I put the ext.disk inside and viceversa.
The Asus is OK.
But the ext case is no more recognized by PC.
When i plug in the USB cable, the disk run, PC tell me I've connected an USB dev., Device Mgr see the device (hard disk Hitachi bla bla), device flag is green, but Disk Mgt does not see it.
I tried TestDisk Utility to search for disk repairing: TestDisk sees the disk but does not see any partition any more.
I tried to use MBR write option in Test Disk or Partition Table rewrite option, but TestDisk says it can't read or write MBR and Partition Table.
Please help
I'd like to store the disk (it contain the original OS, if something goes wrong with the new disk installed ...)
Thank you
Bye
 

A:External USB disk not recognized

pinkfloydforeve said:



When i plug in the USB cable, the disk run, PC tell me I've connected an USB dev., Device Mgr see the device (hard disk Hitachi bla bla), device flag is green, but Disk Mgt does not see it.Click to expand...

Hi Pinkfloydforeve and welcome to the TS Forum

I recently acquired a USB to IDE adaptor for work purposes, of course I took it home and played with it, it worked OK with a 20 and a 40 GB laptop drive, but did exactly the same thing as yours when I tried an 80GB 3.5" drive, figuring it to be a size issue I asked a collegue, who scratched his head (splinters) and said that he had no problems, in the end it was because the drive was set as CABLE SELECT, once set to Master the drive was seen in Disk management and I was able to format it Ok...

Is there jumpers on the drive you have put in the case, if so take them off or see if there is any legend to say how to set it to master...

Regards
 

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I have two hard disks, one Seagate 120 GB one and another Maxtor d540x-4d
5400 rpm 40 GB UATA/100 drive. My problem is that the maxtor drive used to
work fine, but recently, it is recognized by BIOS and Device Manager in
Windows, but it is not shown by either the logical disk manager in disk
management or My computer. What is the problem? Any remedies? THanking you
 

A:Hard Disk recognized by bios, but not by My computer/Disk Manager

You need to partition and format a drive to see it as a drive letter in Windows.
 

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So i have been browsing for a few hours now trying to get this issue fixed but I have had no luck!

I have a Seagate 320gb external hardrive. I have had it for a few months now and has worked great every single time I used it. Now suddenly it is no longer recognized. (Windows 7)

I have tried doing a few things which i found throughout other topics but ran into a few problems.

The HD is not shown in My Computer nor does it show in Disk Management.
So I try it on a Vista machine and same results. It is not recognized anywhere not even in Device Manager.

I can hear the HD spin and the green light does turn on however it used to flash consistently and now just flashes once and then remains lit.

If anyone can give me some insight it would be much appreciated.
 

A:External HD not being recognized, not even in Disk Management

The external drive is bad...
 

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Hello,

Recently, for reasons I'm not sure of my external Hard Disk failed. When I plugged it in, it gave me "The disk is not formatted, Would you like to format it now?" error. It was recognized by XP and as a hard disk but with the label "Local Disk (F)" which was not its original name. Since I had important data on it, I resorted to a software called "Partition Table Doctor 3.5" to solve the issue. It told me that the partition table and some other things I can't really remember are all OK and if my drive still cannot be accessed by the OS, I had to use a file recovery software.

After that, I used EASEUS file recovery and used the complete file recovery option. It took several hours and when it completed, all the data was 'RAW' and there was no way I could use it. The next time I plugged my HDD in, Partition Table Doctor alerted me that the HDD had to be fixed. I did what it suggested and then it turned my HDD into a Removable Disk!!!

At this point, I gave up my hopes of recovering the data and tried to format the drive. Windows said it couldn't format the drive.

What can I do now?

Thank you

Addisu
 

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Hi there

Just bought a 2TB Samsung Story Plus external disk for backups. It was working just fine
For security reasons I formatted the disk from FAT32 to NTSF and now the disk is not recognized at all!!

Using Windows 7 pro 64-bit

Any ideas?

Thank you in advance
 

A:Solved: NTSF external disk not recognized

Don't know what I did with all the fiddling around, but it's come back to life!!

Thanks
 

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I have a laptop evo n1020v and on the side I have an external WD disk (XMS2500TE - model).

The problem is that when I connect it to the laptop it recognizes new hardware but it is unable to install it. Furthe rmore when I go into device manager - the device manager keeps flashing as if i is constantly rescaning for new hardware. As soon as I unplug it everything is back to the norm. When I try a USB thumb drive it works fine.

Any help is appreciated..

Thanks
 

A:Western Digital External Disk not recognized?

I connected it to my other laptop nc6010 and it works fine...

its just this laptop and my other custom desktop won't recognize it...
 

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Hello,

I recently backed up about 500gb of recent work onto an external drive so I could clean my PC inside and out. I gave it a clean install of windows 7 and when it comes time to get my work of my external, the drive cannot be recognized and requires a reformat.

It was working perfectly fine and I surely did not format the drive into a RAW file system. I tried plugging into my laptop running win8 and still the very same issue. I plugged it into a mac running the lastest mac os 10 and I can browse all my folders and see the files but I can't move/copy or open them. But at least I know all is not lost.

I have been looking through forums and trying everything I could find, which was pretty much what I already knew to try.

Im stuck. I have no idea what's going on with this. I have tons of art work I risk losing if I can't get to these files. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

A:External disk not recognized by Win7/8 and is now in RAW format!?

Hi Mconn127,

I am not an expert in this field, just my experience offered.

Firstly, DO NOT FORMAT THE DRIVE!! (As your probably well aware) If windows ask you to do this when its plugged in then ignore.
The RAW filesystem is just a filesystem that is not recognized by Windows, so it cant access the disk and
as you found out your files are still intact..PHEW!!

I had the same problem a few years back when i just unplugged the USB HDD without "Safely removing Hardware device" first, and ended up with a RAW file system!!

Firstly try plugging the external HDD into a computer running Windows XP or Vista? Give that a try first if possible
and see if you can gain access to your data? With Windows XP theres a good chance you will gain access and can back-up your data and simply reformat the drive.(fingers crossed)

Failing that to try the next part you will need to discover exaclty type of external HDD it is? Make / model / aslo is it IDE, SATA and depending on which one it is, see if you are going to be able to connect it internally to your computer?

There is another way which doesnt involve opening the enclosure, but you risk losing your data and you do so at your own risk:
? How To Fix: External Disk Drive Suddenly Became RAW

YOU DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK, IF UNSURE DO NOT ATTEMPT. (This following method also may not work)
The easiest fix for to access your drive, is to remove the drive from the enclosure and install it directly into your computer as almos... Read more

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I have a 3 Tera HDD. (WD My Book Essential (USB 3.0)). Last night I uninstalled a software which I do not remember its name by mistake. Apparently it was related to my WD hard drive for my computer does not recognize it anymore. I checked my device manager; "Base System Device" is not recognized. I ran windows troubleshooting. It says "Base System Device" Driver is not found. I searched a lot, but I couldn?t find the driver. I also ran drive checker software. It says:

Device name: JMB38X SD/MMC Host Controller
File name: MSI_GX633_Card For Win7.zip
Hardware ID: PCI\VEN_197B&DEV_2382

I could not find this too.

I also have another portable WD which is still recognized by my computer.

I would be grateful if you could help me out with this.



Regards,

Omid Sahradoust

A:My External Hard is not recognized.

do a system restore that should put everything back to the state it was before you uninstalled the software.

System Restore

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Hi,
I have tried and searched enough times, but nothing seems to be working, so I am creating this thread.

My computer wont recongnize my external hard drive.
I have windows xp. Its a Maxtor hd.

It used to work fine before and last week when I plugged in and tried opening it from "MY COMPUTER" it said "Could not open ..file corrupted" some error.

So I unplugged it using safe removal thing.

This weekend i Plugged it in and i ran the software EasyRECOVERYPRO
and left it on the whole night yesterday while the software was running/creating backup.

This morning, I tried logging on to my computer and found that it was frozen. Couldnt click anything or do anything.
So I directly turned off the computer and turned it back on.

now the drive doesnt even show up under "MY COMPUTER"

I have tried different computer, different usb ports, different usb cables, but no good.

Also I have tried looking under "DISK MANAGEMENT" and cannot find it.

I have data on this hard drive that I need and so cannot afford to reformat it.

Please help.

Thanks,
 

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Hello all,

After reading a lot of stuff and attempting fixes on my own (on three computers), I'm looking for help.

My external HDD Spire circa 2006 will not show up in Explorer; here's what I've done so far:

opened disk mgmt to partition it...not showing up in disk management
opened device mgmt ....shows up
disabled and re-enabled...no luck
uninstalled and reinstalled....no luck
updated driver .... "latest driver updated"

changed ports
changed computers (older version of windows)
restarted computers

on the third computer it shows as "working properly", but still does not show up in explorer. So...

opened CMD prompt
disk utility
list volume .... not showing up in list volume (as far as I can tell)

Does anyone have ideas? I'm not sure how I can fix any potential partition problems if it doesn't show up in disk management. I'm not sure if it's "working properly" why it won't show up in explorer.

I appreciate your help.

Elizabeth
 

A:External HDD recognized in device mgmt not disk nor BIOS ...

Part of it has likely failed, hard drives fail all the time and externals fail even more often.

First try another USB cable. If that doesn't work take the unit apart and remove the actual hard drive. You can install the drive into another enclosure to see if it's the enclosure has failed. You could also install it internally in a desktop PC and see if it works instead of another enclosure. Being that old it might be either a newer SATA interface or it could be the older PATA interface with pins; if PATA you'll need an older computer to connect it to as new computers don't have PATA connectors anymore. I wouldn't buy another enclosure for it if there is not important data on it that you must recover, being that old it's simply not worth it to just get the drive working.
 

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I have a sata 500 GB hard drive from Seagate that just won't get recognized. I've been in Disk Management, I've scanned the disk, I've rebooted, and Disk 1 is there, but the message is it's offline--and after I did the reboot I got the message that the hard drive USB had been recognized--but it ain't there. Or at least I can't get into it. Rats!!!

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

btw I already have over a 100 GBs of back up on this hard drive.

Thanks,

xico
 

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I have been trying all day trying to get my external hard drive to be recognized by WinXp but its not working and really beginning to annoy me.

I check the Device Manager and can see my Maxtor HD there, but when I click My Computer its not there.

Also when I click the USB controllers in device manager I can't see the USB Mass Storage, whereas I can see all the other USB devices.

Also when I click the Manage and then Disk Management I can only see my C Drive and no other drives.

When I plugged the USB cable in it said 'new hardware found' but thats all it says, I can't seem to get it to work. I have tried everything.

Hope somebody can help me.
 

A:External Hard Drive not recognized

See this Guide Troubleshoot: Windows Won't Recognize Your USB Hard Drive

Let us know if you still need further assistance
 

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Hello, I have a Seagate 2TB Free Agent GoFlex Desk external hard drive. I had this drive for only about 4 months & while carrying it, I slipped & the drive fell about 2 feet. I now get only intermittent beeping when I try to hook it up & the computer does not recognize the drive, except only once under device manager as a generic usb volume. I had started the process of backing it up last night, but simply decided to go to bed after getting some of it done. I have tried most of the basic steps, but thus far have not been able to get any success accessing my files.
1. Tried re-starting the computer & drive, no success.
2. Tried removing the hard drive from the encasing & hooking it up with a SATA to USB cable, no success.
3. Tried hooking it up internally to a desktop computer, no success.
4. Tried any number of software tools (including seatools & PC file inspector recovery) no success.

I find myself wondering if my data is truly irretrievable. I would be most grateful if anyone can help. Oh, & I did try looking for the solution in any number of thread posts on many forums, still no success.
 

A:External hard drive not recognized

Well it wasn't an SSD, so it's probably broke after a two foot drop....There are businesses who specialize in Data retrieval and it's not cheap...How much is your Data worth to you?
 

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I am running Windows 7 on a Compaq laptop and have a Western Digital 1TB external hard drive that I have used successfully for about a year now. I tried to use it tonight and I can't see it in My Computer. However, the safely remove icon shows up and I can see the hard drive in devices and printers. I tried uninstalling the driver and reinstalling it and rebooting, and nothing. As a last resort, I used a Linux liveCD, and WAH-LAH!! Works like the day I bought it. I hate the thought of getting out a liveCD every time I want to use the hard drive and switching the OS isn't an option. What can I do to get it to work in Windows?
 

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I bought a Seagate external hard drive 2tb and for the longest I was unable to get my PS3 to recognize it. I found out It had to be formatted to FAT32 but the hard drive was too big. So I had to partition it so I can format it in Fat32. U have to convert some GB to MB about 32000MB for 32GB. It worked!!!! Im not computer savvy at all, I got the directios and did it myself.... If I can do it, then U can do it too sucka!!!! LOL
 

A:2tb External hard drive not recognized by ps3

An easier way would be to use Swiss Knife program and format the 2tb hdd with a quick forma tin fat32 in under a minute . http://download.cnet.com/CompuApps-SwissKnife-V3/3000-2248_4-10070864.html
 

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Okay, so this is driving me crazy because ALL of my important files are on my external hard drive and I need some answers.

I recently recovered my computer (Acer Aspire, Windows Vista) because of viruses and like I always do, I unplugged my external hard drive and it was working fine before I recovered.

When I log back on afterwards, my computer says it recognized there was new hardware plugged in (makes the sound it does and even installed drivers) but when I tried to pulled up my hard drive in Computer, the driver letter didn't pop up. I tried plugging it into my roomate's computer and it did the same thing.

I tried going to Device Manager and there was nothing there to work with HOWEVER when I went to Computer Management > Disk Drives, it shows my hard drive there and says it's enabled. I don't understand what's going on but if I can't get my hard drive to work again, is there someway I can recovery my files because I need them!!!! Any help would be appreciated!
 

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I have a Compaq Presario w/ AMD Athlon XP300+ processor @ 2.17 GHz, and 448 Mb RAM, running XP with all the updates. I bought a 160 Gb extrnal drive to back up some files. During an AVG system check, I discovered the hard way that my USB port, the one that the hard drive was plugged into, has an intermittent short, which resulted in a write error to the external drive. The 'safely remove hardware' was on. Now, I can't access the drive. The drive is getting power - the green light glows and the device hums. I have tried everything which has appeared on this site regarding Device Manager, etc., without success. I have plugged the drive into another computer - a Toshiba laptop - and it isn't recognized there, either. How can I get my drive, and the data stored thereon, back?

Thanks...
Roy
 

A:External hard drive not recognized

There may be other solutions/fixes but I have had one external that "died". I opened the case, removed the HD itself and installed it into a computer. The HD itself was still working, but apparently the electronics circuit board in the external case had died. I had to spend another few dollars to replace the external case.
 

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I have a toshiba external 200G hard drive. It was used on a Dell computer which ran Windows XP. I now have a new computer which runs windows 7. However when i connect the external hard drive to the new computer i start to experience problems with the files on there.

So there are a number of directories, my pics for example. When I click on it you can see the pics on some of the sub folders when you view via icons. Some you cannot see the pic, just shows a generic shot. When you try and open the pics / jpegs you get an error saying image not found, check 'full pathname / file' exists. The same is true for all files, docs etc

I have been able to load the same pics and docs via a cd, so it is a problem with my new pc recognising the hard drive as opposed to a problem with the files

Any ideas ?

A:External Hard drive Not Recognized

  
Quote: Originally Posted by MarkBmouth


I have a toshiba external 200G hard drive. It was used on a Dell computer which ran Windows XP. I now have a new computer which runs windows 7. However when i connect the external hard drive to the new computer i start to experience problems with the files on there.

So there are a number of directories, my pics for example. When I click on it you can see the pics on some of the sub folders when you view via icons. Some you cannot see the pic, just shows a generic shot. When you try and open the pics / jpegs you get an error saying image not found, check 'full pathname / file' exists. The same is true for all files, docs etc

I have been able to load the same pics and docs via a cd, so it is a problem with my new pc recognising the hard drive as opposed to a problem with the files

Any ideas ?



In the tutorials section of this Forum... check out the various information on "Taking Ownership" of the files. If they were owned by the System account on the old machine you're likely to have problem accessing them.

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Have a Simple Tech 160gb external hard drive that I have used in the past without problem. Now when I plug it into any of my 3 windows xp pc's, the usb recognizes the drive and it shows up listed in Device Manager under drives, enabled and working properly, but does not show up under My Computer or under right click My Computer to Disk Management-- where I thought I would find it and simply give it a driver letter that may have been missing.... no such luck. What has happened.
 

A:USB external hard drive not recognized

The drive case may be malfunctioning. Remove the drive and attach it via USB or another case and see if it functions.
 

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I have a My Book Essential 1TB External. I'm on Windows 7 x64. After I updated I've been getting a lot of bugs and extreme lag. I would click on the drive in My Computer, enter my HD password and the drive would open up with all my folders, etc. But then when I wanted to drag folders from my External onto my PC hard drive it would freeze up and automatically quit? Windows would no longer show the External as attached to my computer. No matter how many times I click on the icon in the task bar for WD SmartWare, it will never come back up. I have to restart my PC everytime so I can renter the External. I then installed all WD software from the Control Panel, didn't change anything or help at all.

I have no clue what to do or what has happened, but my External HD is pretty much useless right now. I have very important files on there, I need to get access to this immediately.

Please help!
EDIT: Now my PC has trouble recognizing the External. I tried it on my Laptop also, it doesn't show anything. It shows up under disk management sometimes. For example it'll show up then simply disappear.

Finally after restarting my PC a bunch of times and switching USB ports back and forth, this CD DRIVE E: icon appeared for the WD UNLOCKER. Whenever I try and double click on it to open it up, the green bar appears to load as seen below, then the icon just disappears, it will not open anything.


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A:WD External Hard drive not recognized

Hello bal1985 and welcome to Seven Forums.

You say "after I updated" you began having issues. What exactly did you update and can you undo the update? If this doesn't help you might have some damaged or corrupt drivers for your external HD. You can check the Western Digital site for the latest drivers.

WD Support / Downloads / Select Product

Another possible problem is if the USB cord got switched out. Sometimes a longer cord causes a detection problem ( data and/or voltage is compromised.)

Also, something may have scrambled the assigned drive letter causing the drive not to be recognized. Try changing the drive letter.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

Please post back and let us know if anything helped solve the issue.

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I have a brand new just out of the box Dell Inspiron 2200 running XP SP2. I just got it yesterday but have done all the windows updates and virus updates. The problem is my Maxtor external hard drive is being recognized!!! I get the message saying USB device is not recognixed, One of the USB devices one this computer is malfunctioning, windows does not recognize the device. I know it is NOT the hard drive as it works fine on 4 other machines all running XP SP 2. I can not understand this!! I have called Dell but they have NO idea what is causing the problem and act as they don't believe my drive even works!! By the way it has an external power supply and the USB cable that connects it to the computer. I would really really appreciate any help you can give me!!!!
 

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I have a new HP Pavilion desktop running Windows 8. I had a second hard drive on my old computer that contains important tax documents I need to retrieve. The old computer is currently defunct. An IT person I used to work with suggested an external Hard drive enclosure would be my best bet. I bought that and installed the drive, but when I plug it into the USB, my computer does not recognize it. I'm not a tech person and I'm lost with Windows 8, as it's nothing like what I'm used to. I've tried different cables and different ports with no luck, and have invested hours trying to make this work. Can anyone help?
 

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Try it on a different computer.
 

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I just hooked up a second external drive (simpletech). When I first turned it on it worked great. Now, whenever I boot up, my system doesn't find the new drive F). If I turn the drive off then back on my system finds it. Any idea what's going on here? My 1st external drive has never done this. Running XP Pro. Thanks for any assistance.
John
 

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Forgot to mention it's on a USB 2.0 connection.
 

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Hi

I was just wondering if anyone can help me out. I have a Seagate 320gb external hard drive, which was working fine up until today when I accidently dropped it *slaps self*. As a result of it falling, the usb cable was pulled out rather roughly. It wasn't switched on when I dropped it, so I hoped it would be ok, but when I started it up and plugged it in to the computer the usb "device has malfunctioned" message came onscreen and that was it. Nothing happened. Now my computer won't recognise it at all when it is plugged in, despite the fact that the hard drive itself does seem to be working, green light on, powering up as normal, no weird noises or the like. I have tried using it on two different computers with different usb cables but nothing is happening. Anyone know if this can be fixed? If it can't, is there any possible way for me to get my files back? I have about 180 gb of stuff on the drive at the moment, including some important university work.

Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
 

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That suggests the cable is damaged. Try another cable while we hope it isn't the usb port itself.
 

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OK... I had an accident the other day with my WD Passport 120 GB USB drive. I've had the drive for two years and it's never given me problems. Well, unfortunately, I dropped it accidentally at work and Windows is no longer recognizing it. All I really care about is being able to recover my files.

When I plug in the drive, it makes a series of whining sounds unlike any I've heard before (I'm accustomed to clicks, but not this buzzing whine). After a few moments, Windows recognizes a "USB Mass Storage Device", but does not AutoRun the drive and does not assign it a drive letter. The drive is powered up, as the blue light shines. I simply cannot access it.

The drive is not appearing in disk management, though "USB Device" does show up under device manager. After right clicking on USB Device, I choose properties. Under General, it indicates it as a disk drive with no manufacturer information at "Location 0". It states that the device is working properly. Under Volumes, all fields are blank. When I click "Populate", it states "Disk: Unknown, Type: Unknown, Status: Unreadable, Partition Style: Not Applicable, Capacity: 0 MB, Unallocated Space: 0 MB, Reserved Space: 0 MB". Clearly, there is a connectivity issue.

I've also run a chkdsk on the drive letter typically assigned to the drive with no results. I've plugged the drive into both my home and work desktops and my laptop with the same results. I&#... Read more

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any suggestions if my external is not coming up in windows xp sp2? Its a western digital 500 gb. I have extremely important data on there that I cant lose!!
 

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Does the drive appear in Device Manager or Disk Management?

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.
 

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Hi,

I have an Iomega external hard drive that has always worked in the past. Today I plugged it into my computer and nada. The computer doesn't acknowledge it all and it's not listed when I open up disk management. I tried a different USB cord and a different computer, but it still doesn't work. The little blue light is on on the hard drive, but it doesn't sound like it's running (none of the usual whirring sounds it would make). Any advice?
 

A:External Hard Drive Not Recognized

Hi, there are two possibilities here, either the hard drive has failed or the circuitry in the enclosure has develpoed a fault.

Remove the hard drive from the enclosure and (if you have access to one) hook it up to the internal connections of a dektop PC. Or, purchase a USB Hard Drive Adapter (about €10) from a computer store or eBay and then plug it into the USB connection on any computer and see if you can then access the drive.
 

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I have a Seagate 100GB external hard drive that was working fine. It was NOT connected to the USB and took a fall of about 2-3 ft. Now, the blue light still comes on but the computer does not recognize it. I have tried it on three different computers (Windows XP and Media Editions). The device manager does not see it either. There is a very, very faint buzz that comes from the drive but no rattling. I wouldn't have noticed the buzz had I not put it right up to my ear. There are about 300 edited pictures I want to get from it and that is all. (I was taking the drive to my computer to make a DVD when it fell!) HELP PLEASE!!!
 

A:External hard drive not recognized

Since it didn't work on three computers, the problem is obviously with the drive especially given the fact it hit the ground. I've read some posts here about putting a drive in the freezer as a possible method of reviving a dead drive, but I've never tried it. Most likely you'll have to send it off for professional data recovery.
 

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Recently re-formatted the computer due to virus issues..all updates installed...computer does not recognize our Simple Tech 320 GB external hard drive that was recognized before..lots of pics on it!! WHen you go in "My COmputer" it does not exist when it is plugged into the USB ports..any suggestions or is all hope lost??
 

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EDIT::: Resolved some how...

I purchased an external hard drive enclosure and put a Western Digital hard drive in it. The hard drive was from another computer and I need the data on it, so formatting it is really not an option.


The external enclosure I bought said I needed to have it set to master to get the hard drive recognized. I did this but it did not work. I finally tested the hard drive with the jumper on every setting and finally got it to work with what I believe to be the cable select option.


The hard drive was finally recognized on the computer I cam currently typing on. Both computers in this story are Windows Vista.

I attempted to move the hard drive / install it on another laptop. When ever I move it to that computer it installed the drivers then it said Windows needed an update and to restart. I restarted it, and it said "Installing update 1 of 3" for a good hour before I finally held down the power button and forced it to shut off.

Upon restarting the computer it stalled out. I forced a shut down again and this time removed the hard drive and it started up fine.

When it came back on I plugged the hard drive in again. This time the "safely remove hardware" icon in the taskbar showed up, but when I go to "My Computer" there is no hard drive there.

I tried going to Admin tools > device manager and seeing if the volume/disk/partition was recognized there but it is not.

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As the title suggest my external Seagate hard drive is no longer being recognized by my system. The information on this is absolutely critical to me- I am a DJ and Producer and this particular drive contains all of my song stems, acapellas, instrumentals, sample kits, and also backups of every program I use (as well as my OS backup).

I just recently moved into a new apartment and my drive worked fine before the move 2 days ago. I do not think I bumped it or damaged it (seeing as how I always put them in safe places on the go) and it is now no longer working.

Here is what I can tell you so far:

The device has been connected to 4 usb ports and works on none.

The device has been connected to my secondary OS (watered down live
performance side) on my cpu- a whole different OS but same hardware.

The device has been connected to a 2nd computer

My other 2 drives in addition to all of my DJ usb equipment work well.

All devices have been power cycled, rebooted, etc etc

The device is recognized under Disk Manager as "disk 1" and when I try to change properties I cannot. I try to "initiialize" the drive and get "data error- cyclic redundancy check"

There is no famous "clicking noise"

I have taken apart the case and cleaned the contacts on the HD's board with an eraser (to no avail).

The device has been connected to a powered Multi-TT usb hub and does not work (though my other HD's do). Note: I notice that under normal circumstances a... Read more

A:External Hard Drive not recognized

Have you plugged the device into a USB port and not the hub? Also, check disk management again, look at the bottom portion of the page and see if it is there. It may have just lost its drive letter.

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Greetings to the Group - While copying files from the pc to the external hd, the power went out. Since then, the pc won't recognize the USB external hd, even though the USB works other applications fine. And it doesn't make any difference which port I use for the external hd, the pc won't find it. I ran the diskmgmt.msc program and it doesn't find the hd either. All I get is the little icon by the clock to "safely remove hardware". When the hd is on, the system won't run other applications, like a brower, the RUN program, Control Panel etc. What happened and how can I fix this? All help is appreciated.

Frog
 

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Hi I am totally new to this but figure my blonde brain will be able to fix the problem if it is possible. I have an HP notebook dv 9700 PC, however the problem lies with my external hard drive, Being blonde... I dropped it on a hard floor and my computer will no longer detect it. I'm sure this question has been posted many times and sorry to bring it up again, but I have been reading through so many posts on so many sites and have found nothing that seems to work for me. Any suggestions? Thank you so much-Kirah
 

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I've got an external hard drive that plugs into the computer via USB. When I plug it in, windows says "found new hardware" and "hardware is ready to use".

But when I open windows Explorer or "open" and try to access something on the drive, it does not show up. The whole drive does not show up.

If I open windows defragmenter, or Partition Expert, it does show this drive as Drive "L", capacity 57gb used 42gb. So it is seeing it. Why can't windows see it so that I can use it?

This drive is a regular internal IDE H/D which is mounted in an external case. Last time I used it (to copy a backup to) it was fine.

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One of my external hard drive have been used for a year. Several days ago, it suddenly can't be recognized. It showed in computer management as "not initialized". I plugged it into two of my computers. The result is the same. It seems it is not a ubs driver or cable problem. I tried the software "Recover my Files". After fast format recover, it found all my files. So, I think the problem is not big. But "Recover my Files" need to save the files to another hard drive. I don't have extra space for those files. I wonder if there is another way to let the external hard drive to be recognized. Thanks a lot.
 

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First off, screwing around with the drive and "trying" to fix it may actually result in the loss of those files. If you can recover them now, I suggest you do that BEFORE you attempt any repairs. I'd at least recover the most important ones before any attempted repair.
 

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2, x86 Family 15 Model 72 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1982 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 87196 MB, Free - 59738 MB; D: Total - 8181 MB,
Motherboard: Wistron, 30B5

Hi everyone,
OK so i was running Vista on this computer and everything was starting to run extremely slow, IE and safari would hang and the only way to fix that was to close all programs and start again.
I'd done numerous amount of scans using AVG, Spybot, Adaware, i'd done Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragment programs, the last i tried was chkdsk. i left it go overnight. the next morning Windows would not boot up at all, it got to the black screen with the arrow in the centre and that was it. i also left it on that overnight (i read that after chkdsk windows may take some time to boot) to find the next morning still on that same screen.
I do leave the laptop on pretty much 24/7 as were always using it,

I replaced the drive and installed a fresh copy of XP to get me going and purchased an external hard drive housing to try and recover the data off the Vista drive. when i plug it in the drive does the installing drivers part then when i go to my computer, its not there. I've also looked in Device manager and its not there (except when i unplug it, it flashes for a second then disappears) it doesn't show in disk management either,

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Hi, i just have upgraded my hard drive from HDD to SSD, now when i have connected my old HDD to the USB port, my laptop couldn't able to read it at all. but my other portable drive is working perfectly fine.

A:External hard drive not recognized

Hi, Your old HDD still has its "signature" therefore (a) you need to use other computer to copy/move files and re-initiate the old HDD.(b) if you don't need data/files from old HDD you can re-initate the old HDD. The following link shows you how to re-initiate HDD:    https://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/4bd53fe3-2beb-432d-9d7b-52a50c607f8f/how-to-reinitialize-a... Regards.

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Hi, I have just tried to format my 80GB External Hard Drive to FAT32 as I wanted to use it on a Sony Blu-Ray player, I did this on a Windows Vista Laptop. About an hour after I started fomatting it I got an error message saying that the "Volume is too large for FAT32"

Edit: Thought it would be prudent to add that I attempted to format it using the cmd program.

So I plugged the hard drive into my Windows 7 computer however now my computer cant even recognise the hardware as an external hard drive. It thinks that it is a CD Player of some kind. This means that I cannot simply format it back. And I have my suspicions that I managed to delete the format that was already on the Drive (NTFS)

Can anyone help? I am really struggling here.
 

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When attempting to format a FAT32 partition larger than 32 GB, the format fails near the end of the process with the error you received.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc938432.aspx

Either Partition the drive 32GB FAT and the rest leave non-partitioned or you could do 32GB FAT x2
 

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I have been trying all day trying to get my external hard drive to be recognized by WinXp but its not working and really beginning to annoy me.

I check the Device Manager and can see my Maxtor HD there, but when I click My Computer its not there.

Also when I click the USB controllers in device manager I can't see the USB Mass Storage, whereas I can see all the other USB devices.

Also when I click the Manage and then Disk Management I can only see my C Drive and no other drives.

When I plugged the USB cable in it said 'new hardware found' but thats all it says, I can't seem to get it to work. I have tried everything.

Hope somebody can help me.
 

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Have you tried one of the other usb ports ?
 

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i tried converting my external har drive from fat32 to NTFS using : Type Convert Drive letter : /FS:NTFS so I entered "convert G: /FS:NTFS"

at the end it said data error cyclic redundancy check
after this my computer stopped responding and i had to do a hard restart.
after this the hard drive was not being recognised at all,not in device manager also.

the hard drive does have power and the light goes on,it also makes the sound when it is being read.

please assist
 

A:External hard drive not being recognized

Only suggestion I can think of is to go into Device Manager and uninstall the Mass Storage Device under Universal Serial Bus controllers. If it does not show up you may have to show Hidden Devices and see if you can then.

Let it reinstall the drivers for it and hopefully it'll be recognized.
 

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I have a "Fantom Drives-Green Drive" external hard drive I'm trying to install.The green power light is on and the hard drive is running. The computer does the double-beep when the hard drive power is turned on. But when I open the computer window, it does not show up under removable storage devices. The hard drive worked with another computer. I have a Dell Inspiron w/Vista Home Premium. I need an answer a neophyte operator can understand. Thank you, Vespa

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Right click on Computer, Choose manage, then click on disk management with it plugged in and see if it is showing up there. Or post a listing of what is showing up.

It may be showing up with no drive letter. If so do not format and do not initialize to avoid data loss. Report back.

Roger

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My husband just recently noticed that one of his hard drives was not being recognized by the computer. We've tried unplugging and replugging it from both the computer and the hard drive itself, turning the power on and off, restarting the computer, and testing it in my computer. I know it's still working as the computer makes the 'Ding' noise of something being connected, but then the drive doesn't show up in the 'Computer' folder. Unfortunately, he's not sure what make or model it is as there are no markings at all on the HD. Can anyone help? Thanks!
 

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Has it been bumped or dropped?

Does it appear in Device Manager or Disk Management?

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management

or go to Start > Run, and type:

diskmgmt.msc
 

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Today I was using my Sata external harddrive like i always do. It was plugged into my Macbook and I was editing something in final cut. I had to eat dinner so I ejected my drive like usual and closed my laptop. After dinner i plugged my external back in to continue editing the project and an error message popped up saying "This drive is not readable" or something similar. I plugged it into my XP system and i went to Disk utilities and the drive is recognized but it says its empty. How can that be possible? All i did was unplug the thing. When I try and click on hte drive it tells me I need to format it. I had about 140 G of files on there, is there anything I can do (if the drive needs to be formatted) to get those files off?

Thanks
 

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I have an external Aluratek hard drive connected via USB 2.0 on an XP system. I cannot get windows to recognize the drive. The drive is NOT recognized in the Computer Management section. In the Device Manager it shows up under Disk Drives as "USB Device", and under the USB Controllers section as USB Mass Storage device....I know this because these two items disappear when I unplug the drive. I can hear the "bing" noise windows makes when I unplug or plug in the device, I see these line items under device manager, but I cannot see the drive in My Computer and can't access it. I also did the Fix.reg update and deleted all USB items from device manager and rebooted. Didn't work.

Any help at all would be appreciated.
 

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Finally bought new computers. took old xp sp3 hard drive and turned into external drive. plugged it in and it powered up. plugged into laptop with xp sp3 installed. got the two beep tones, said it recognized new hardware, installed drivers, said it was ready to go. went to my computer. nothing was listed. went to device mgr.,saw external hard drive listed as no problems,ran trouble shoot, came back as working.still not listed in my computer.clicked on safely remove hard ware. It was listed there. removed it and rebooted and tried again, with the same results.any ideas on what i might be doing wrong or what is missing. Thanks for any help, mrvince
 

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So every time I plug my external hard drive in it pops up with a message saying it is not recognized. This is followed by a message saying device driver not installed correctly.

I have tried uninstalling it from the Device Manager section and then plugging it in (this worked shortly after the first time I did it but has not worked again since). Also there is another section under the Device Manager heading called other devices that does lists Ethernet Controller, PCI Device, SM Bus Controller, USB Controller, all have the yellow exclamation mark next to them.

Windows has been unable to find any device driver update either when I try. Any suggestions? Sorry if this question isn't laid out well this is my first time on these forums. Thanks for your help!

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Welcome Mr Griffin

What is the make & model of the Ext HD ? Did it come with any install CD/DVD ? Have you checked the website of the mfg of the Ext HD for any updates ?

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Hello People's,
I saved the Hard Drive from my old laptop...bought an external hard drive...
hooked everything up correctly...can hear the enclosure running...light is on...
but my PC [running Windows XP] does nothing!
No pop up windows or anything.
I am a real layman at this stuff, so can someone explain to me in simple terms what to do to get this thing up and running.
Thank You.
 

A:External hard drive not recognized

Run a diagnostics on the drive.

or

Use a desktop and connect the drive directly to your motherboard using IDE or using S-ATA.
Sometimes, failing drives will now show up via a USB connection. Alternatively, check to see if the drive is seen on another OS such as Linux or Mac.
 

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Yesterday, I backed up everything on my computer because I was going to restore it and format the drive. So I transfered everything over to my Seagate 500gb hard drive.

Once I finished formatting and reinstalling windows, I installed all my neccessary chipset drivers, ect.. and connected my external hard drive but it wasn't recognized. It shows up as connected and the green light is on, but nothing in "my computer". I tried to set my external drive to a letter in disk management but it doesn't give me the option. Please someone help, I have tons of movies, music and school work on my drive and need it to be transfered over.

Here are some pics to understand the situation.

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A:My External Hard Drive Isn't Recognized

The drive has probably no drive letter. Try to assign one with (under Partition tab > Change Letter): http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-...n-manager.html

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I had an external hard drive that was working fine for about two months, then suddenly stopped working. The power light still turns on when it's plugged in, but it isn't recognized by disk management or anything. I tried it on a friend's computer and got the same result.

What are the odds of it being fixed if I send it in for repairs, and how much would that cost me? Failing that, is there any way to retrieve the stored data?

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Want to add a bit to this. When I plug the hard drive into the USB port, and only later power it on, the computer makes the "ba-dum" sound it makes when recognizes a new device, but the drive still doesn't show up anywhere.

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I get the following error when I plug in my external hard drive.
If I click on the bubble, then
When I double click on Unknown Device, then

I have been using this external hard drive for years and not once has it required any extra software. It does not have a power cord but only connects with USB.
It is not showing up in Disk Management or Device Management (except for the Unknown Device under USB Controllers). However it has its blue light on and the drive makes its usual working noises when I plug it in. So its not dead I'm sure. How do I get it on My Computer?
 

A:External Hard Drive is not recognized

Can you try it on another USB port, ideally one on the back of the PC (ie. not a USB hub and not a port on the front of the case)

Also can you try it on another machine?
 

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Hello-
I recently re-imaged my laptop (WIN XP home) and am now having problems getting my Maxtor external drive to be recognized. I am using a USB 2.0 adapter PCI card (made by ST Labs / NEC). The card is recognized in the "hardware wizard", however, when I plug the hard drive into the card, and turn it on, nothing happens. I have downloaded and installed whatever drivers I THINK I need for BOTH the drive and the card. I DO have XP service Pack 2 installed, but I'm not sure if this is the issue.

Can someone please offer some suggestions?
 

A:Cannot get USB 2.0 External Hard Drive to be Recognized...

Removable flag?

You should not have needed any special drivers for a USB 2.0 device under Win XP. My recent USB drive was also "missing in action" after being attached. The installation manual neglected to mention one small detail: To make sure the drive is flagged as "removable".

Open your Windows device manager to see if the drive shows up under "disk drives". If so, examine the properties for the USB drive and see if you have a "removable" check box. A USB external drive should have a check in this box. Reboot and see what happens.
 

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Hi all,

This is the issue:

It is a dell inspiron 500m, i'm trying to connect a new WD external drive250 (wd2500me) gb on it. but the external hard drive is not recognized by the pc. I tested it on another pc and it is working well, i also test the usb ports on the 500m and worked well with usb sticks.

i contacted dell and told me that the harddisk is not supported, i need to get another external or another motherboard ...ppfffff

aslo this external doesn't required drivers..
after trying several times i got a message that said something about low voltage or something..

anyone who can help me?
 

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I have a WD 1.5 TB external hard drive that is about 6 months old, and it suddenly is not working on either of my computers. One computer is Vista, and the other is XP. The ext hard drive shows up in device manager, and it says it is working properly, but it no longer shows up in My Computer so I cannot access it. I tried to assign a drive letter to it by right clicking (as was suggested in another forum) but this will not work as the only option given when I right click is "help."

Anyone have any suggestions for me? Please?
 

A:External hard drive is not recognized. :(

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Hello all! Wishing, praying, hoping for some help.

Fist My Hardware:

HP Pavilion a1630n
Windows XP Home V.2002 SP3
AMD Athalon 64 X2 Dual Core 4600+
2.73 GHx, 1.93 GB of RAM

USB External Hard Drive:
Western Digital My Book 3.0 1TB

My issue:

I've bought the External Drive just over a month ago. I went to rip a DVD to a folder on the drive and noticed that the drive was not listed in my options. I then went into that drive to explore the contents and everything I'd had there previously did not show up. First instinct was to Restart Windows.
Restarted but during process it would continually get stuck on the blue HP setup screen (in the bottom right corner were options for thing similar to this Computer would not respond to any command (F10, F12 n whatnot).
Finally unplugged all USB devices and manually restarted computer and it booted up just fine. Plugged all USB devices, aside from the problem HD, and no problelm
Plugged problem drive back in and got the "USB Device Not Recognized" warning

I've also plugged this same external drive into my laptop (running Vista) and get the exact same warning message as well...

Just wanting to know if:
A: If I've lost all my data stored (bummer, lots of converted VHS tape files, still have the hard copies though)
B:If there's a chance my data is still on drive, what can I do to get it working again?

Thanks for any help! Holler back any further info I may need to provide.
 

A:USB external Hard drive Not Recognized

If the drive isn't recognized on multiple PC's, there is a hardware fault with the drive.

If it's under warranty, have it serviced or replaced.

It's possible the HDD itself is still good, but the enclosure is faulty. In which case, you can remove the drive from the enclosure and connect to the PC internally, via a USB adapter, or in another enclosure. Note: opening the enclosure will VOID your warranty.

Live and learn. You should have at least one backup copy of all data that you don't want to lose.
 

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I have a Seagate Free Agent and suddenly I can't access it. When I plug it into the usb port I get a message that says:

A device in the USB Port has malfunctioned windows does not recognize it.

I need to find some way of getting the data off of it.

I have several laptops, but the one I am using is a Dell Inspiron 1525 with Vista OS.

Please let me know what I can try.
 

A:External Hard Drive Not Recognized

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The equipment is good. Seagate 250gb SATA.

External Enclosure from Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817193030


It works flawlessly with any Vista computer. But on XP computers I get the same result; it is not recognized in my computer or disk management. If I fiddle with it enough I can get it to be recognized; uninstall drivers, reinstall them. restart, replug it in. Nothing is consistent, but sometimes it does indeed get recognized. But it's hard.

What happened originally was I bought it. Put it together. Installed the guy. And then I went to disk management and formatted it. I copied files to it. but when I turned it on and off it wouldn't be recognized! I plugged it into my roomates vista comp and it instantly came up and he copied files off of it.

Now I can't get it to come up in disk management or my computer EVEN though it is installed in the device manager and the safely remove hardware box comes up.

I've searched google for hours and no solutions. Please help me

also, when it is plugged in it takes my computer a really long time to boot.

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no one =\

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What is the difference of 3.5 external hard disk (e.g. WD My Book) vs a 3.5 internal hard disk fixed into an enclosure to work like an external hard disk?

Are both good to be use as an external drive to store backup?

What 3.5 enclosure is good?

Thanks

A:3.5 external hard disk vs 3.5 internal hard disk with enclosure?

What do you mean fixed into an enclosure to work like an external drive? Are you referring to a My Book 3.0 VIA USB 3.0.... vs.... an internal SATA III SSD or HDD? Be a little more specific.

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i have a 80gb internal hard disk since it was not sufficient i switched up to a 500gb hard disk so i want to know whether i can use my 80gb hard disk as an external hard disk
if so how please instruct me
 

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Is the 80gb drive ide or sata?
 

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A:My external hard drive is no longer recognized.

Hi Welcome to TSG Forums,

Is your computer connected to a network domain? Have you also tried to plug the external drive to a different computer?
 

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Recently I restored my computer to the factory default, because of software hangups, and not being able to remove games that I had bought, loaded, etc. Vista would not allow some games to be removed. So, I decided to reload the computer as it came from the factory. PRIOR to, I did a backup of all my pictures on a WD 1200 bb external hard drive. The drive worked great and the pictures were there. Then I deleted them from my computer hard drive along with a lot of other old files. Now, restored, the computer recognizes the external drive in CMOS and in the device manager and shows it to be working properly and has the latest driver. But when going into Computer, the drive is not shown. It shows my hard drive, C & D, (1 hard drive but shown as C & D and the card reader drives (removable)and the DVD drive, but no external drive. In disk Management, the drive is shown as Disk 1, basic, and online but when right clicking on it the little window does not give me the right to change drive letter or path. No matter what I do, I cannot access this external drive. The disk shows power is on and it seems to be spinning. Anyone's help would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:external hard drive not recognized in Vista

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I have changed USB ports, renamed the drive, re-booted the computer and a number of other attempted fixes. Nothing works. There is something in my OS that is blocking the display of the external drive under My Computer.

Any suggestions - help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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My WD Elements external hard drive was working great until one day it failed to be recognized in explorer. I've tried it on multiple PC's and it does the exact same thing. It shows up in device manager as properly working and also even shows up in devices and Printers and BIOS and Windows will allow me to eject it. I've tried using Recuva to recover my data but the disk still doesn't show up. I can't use CHKDSK because it doesn't have a drive letter. Is there anything I can do? and more importantly, is there any way I can recover my important data from this drive?

A:External hard drive not recognized on anything other than device mgr

Have you gone into the Disk Management tool to see if simply right clicking on the volume to change drive letter would initialze the drive again? The drive may be being seen as offline in the block on the left side of the item there you right click on to select the online option.

That would be a fast option included in Windows. Recuva wouldn't work without an active volume to begin with. When any Windows option won't work you then need an alternative option for data recovery such as a live Linux distro or other live from disk type. Note the 2009 thread for using a flash drive to make up a live data recovery disk. Using the "Other OS" For a USB Rescue Device?

The first thing however would be trying to see if you can get the drive initialized if it is showing up in the DM there. Often with removable drives and devices like flash drives or memory and memory cards SD cards on cell phones, digital cameras, etc. you need to keep a specific drive letter assigned to the drive or device to be instantly recognised each time you go to replug it in.

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I have a Fantom Green Drive II, 1TB eSATA/USB as one of my back up drives. I purchased a SATA to eSATA plug for the back of the computer but the drive is not recognized when I connect it up with the eSATA cable. Once I pluged in the USB cable it was regognized and working. Is there something I have to do for it to be working as eSATA, the bus speed is 1500Mbits/sec vs 480Mbits/sec for USB.

A:External Hard Drive Not Recognized in eSATA

Sometimes the eSATA port has to be enabled in BIOS. And some eSATA ports require that the drive be attached and powered on when booting the system. This is particularly true if you aren't running your hard drives in AHCI mode.

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Hello, I have 32 bit Windows Vista, I use an external 250GB external hard drive that I have never had a problem with until last night. I was messing around on my computer last night, everything working perfectly, I went and brushed my teeth which took about 15 minutes, and when I came back suddenly there's a message that says windows cannot recognize this device, and a dialog box comes up and says that I need to reformat it. I pretty much stored everything on that(200 GB worth of data), not to mention i have a seperate linux install on there. I tried it another computer with the same results. I'm lost as to what caused it, and if there is anything I can do to save the data, Is there anything I can do? Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
 

A:External hard drive not recognized suddenly

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I don't know if I'm in the right forum, but I really need help. My Verbatim 1TB External Hard Drive isn't being recognized on my computer. I have Windows XP on my laptop. Please help!!!
 

A:Verbatim 1TB External Hard Drive not being recognized?

Welcome to TSG jordan, Hope you find some help and provide help to others when you get a chance. Thats how the community works!

I assume the device connect with a USB? Fisrt I would verify the USB jack is working (plug something else into it?). Then report back with some information about what you have tried to make this hard drive work. Its hard to give advise\solutions without some information.
 

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I have a 500 GB WD USB 2.0 External Hard drive that worked perfectly that i used to store music, movies, family pictures, family home videos, TV shows everything. And one day out of the blue it just stopped showing up on my computer. I never did anything out of the ordinary or anything. I plugged it in and i hear the HD running, light is on and i even hear the prompt sound on my laptop go off. But the HD itself will not show up on my laptop. I have ALOT of stuff on this i need so any information on helping with this will help!!!!

A:My WD USB 2.0 External Hard drive not being recognized by my Laptop

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,

Can you please post a screen capture image of your Disk Management screen?

1. Click Start
2. Type disk manage
3. Click 'Create and format hard disk partitions'
4. Maximise the window, then take a screen capture image.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Regards,
Golden

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Hi! I have a huge problem with my external Hard Drive.
It's a Seagate Expansion 1.5 TB. The Seagate Tech Support told me I have to send it back for replacement, but that would mean losing all my data.
The Problem: Yesterday it started making a click-clacking noise after which it stopped and wasn't recognized by the computer anymore. I tried different USB ports and even a completely different computer. At first it seemed to install the drivers and it showed that it's ready to use. When I tried opening the My Computer it didn't see it. I looked in the Device Manager - didn't find it there. If I connect the HD now for a while it makes a beeping sound which is not too loud (similar to the tone you'd hear in the receiver when you call someone on the phone) and then it stops. The data and power cables are ok, I have a green light on the hard drive.
I also tried a data recovery program as I read that it might be able to see the drive, but no such luck.
Very desperate as I really don't want to lose my data. Worst case I'd like to try and erase all the info if possible before sending it for a replacement, as the data is very sensitive and personal and I'm afraid of identity theft... ((
Please help.
 

A:External Hard Drive not recognized by the Computer

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So basically my external hard drive was acting up and I was going to disable and re-enable it to try and solve the problems.

I went to Computer Management -> Disk Management and disabled Disk 1 (which was the HDD). To disable it, I right clicked the disk and went to the properties. I went to the Driver Tab (which lists: Driver Details, Update Driver, Rollback Driver, Disable, and Uninstall). I clicked the disable option.

It disappeared and whenever I plug it in, it doesn't show up anymore.

The HDD is the Screenplay HD from Iomega and the drivers are located on the HDD itself. The HDD still works because I plugged it into my MAC. From there, I just erased everything and set it up to use FAT32 so it would be compatible with both systems.

The HDD shows up under the USB Controllers except as a "USB Mass Storage Drive" now and the menu to do anything with it doesn't pop up.

Any idea how to re-enable it? It seems that I need to find some unallocated partition in Disk Management and add a new disk. However, there is no more unallocated partition. It also seems I need to download third party programs to create an unallocated partition.

Help is very much appreciated and I will be here to answer questions.

A:External Hard Drive Not Recognized Anymore

Solved. If anyone else has this problem, try:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330140

It will reappear with a different name under the disk drives(which is why I didn't realize it in the first place). Just enable it and you should be good to go.

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Hello All,

I have an external 1.5 TB harddrive that windows will not recognize. Disk Management sees the drive but I cant access it through My Computer.

I have photos that I would like to keep on this drive so any help to retain this would be appreciated.

Under disk management the only option that I see on the drive is to format...

Thanks,

Ryan
 

A:External Hard drive not recognized in Windows 7

You may want to format it if there is nothing on the external drive already.
 

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After 19 stinking days, my external hard drive is refusing to show up on my computer now. I used it just fine last night, but when I plug it in today, nothing. Nothing's recognized, and the drive doesn't do its usual red flickers. So far I've tried not using the extension cable, didn't work, so I test the cable, it works. I get a different cord and plug it into my hard drive, and nothing shows up.

It powers up just fine, but it just doesn't do anything when I plug it in. It's starting to sound like a failure in the USB part, but I have no way to be sure. I can't get it replaced by my store because it went past my 30 day replacement plan since they took 3 weeks to ship it to me. -_-;;

It's a 250GB Western Digital USB/Firewire drive, and it's going out the window if I can't get it to work.. Please help me reclaim $300 of my life!
 

A:External hard drive not recognized anymore. Serious help please!

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Hi, my laptop is no longer recognising my external hard drive. Only happened today. Acer laptop, seagate 1TB hard drive(external power source). When plugged in, the HD acts like it has been recognised and begins to boot up as it were(green light comes on it front, spinning sound). But the computer does not acknowledge it. Not in my computer, device manager, or disk management. The HD is also no longer recognised on anything else either, be it media player or xbox360. I don't know what my laptop has done it to stop it working/recognising it, would love some help as i have lots of work and pictures etc on it.

Fingers Crossed

WW

A:External Hard Drive no longer recognized

Do you hear any unusual noises from the external when it is spinning up? If nothing else recognizes it, the problem may not be with your laptop. Have you heard any clicking noises from the external?

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western digital ptb my book external hard drive purchased 4/11 is no longer recognized by windows xp
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contents [that matter most are around 60gb of audio files] appear to be intact. using the same usb cable contents were recognized by windows 7 and select files in different batches copied from external to 7 c drive.

the only sign of an xp problem was 5 days of low virtual memory messages. at that point xp local disk free space was approximately 15%.
 

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I have an 80 gig external hard drive (simpletech) that is not eing recognized by My Computer. I recently got this new laptop and all my old songs from my other comp. are on this disk, so it is important to keep the files, and not format. My device manager shows an Unknown Device but i cannot figure out what to do. I have also gone through the my computer 'manage' key, and it shows an unlabeled drive, but i am unable to rename or edit the drive. please help.

thanks
 

A:External hard drive not recognized by My Computer

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Greetings,

I have a USB 2.0 Notebook enclosure that I have been using. It worked great with this old 10 gig hard drive I was using. I purchased a new 40 Gig drive and I cannot get it to be recognized in "My Computer" It shows up in device manager as soon as it's plugged in. I also get the balloon pop up saying it's installed and ready to use. Is there something I have to do to make it recognizable.

Thanks
Smitty
 

A:Solved: Cannot get USB 2.0 External Hard Drive to be Recognized

Yes, Partition and Format it.

Right Click on My Computer and Select Manage. Then select Disk Management and you shoudl see the new drive. Right click on the name of the drive and Initialize it. Then right click anywhere on the drive space and choose to Partition it. You'll also be given the option to format it and assign a drive letter.
 

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Vista External USB hard drive not recognized But no problem in XP???
I have a 2TB Hitachi USB device that has no problem on my XP Laptop but I can not see the device in Vista Ultimate (32bit)
Just installed http://zentimo.com external usb manager on both machines.
On the vista machine it tells me "Hitachi HDS722020ALA330 USB Device" but status says the drive without media".
I unplug from Vista and plug to XP and have No problem seeing and using????

Here is what zentimo tells me on the Vista side.
Internal_UserDeviceNameWithDriveLetters: Hitachi HDS722020ALA330 USB Device
Sys_DevicePnPName: USB\VID_4971&PID_CE17\D20101104F63
Sys_FriendlyName: Hitachi HDS722020ALA330 USB Device
Sys_DeviceDescription: USB Mass Storage Device
Sys_LocationInformation:
Sys_DeviceInstance: 7808
Sys_HardwareID:
Sys_DriveLetter:
Sys_VolumeLabel:
Sys_ulProblemNumber: 0
Sys_DeviceClassGuid: {36fc9e60-c465-11cf-8056-444553540000}
Sys_BusType: BusTypeUsb
Internal_DontShowThisDevice: False
Internal_IgnoreStopAllCommand: False
Internal_ImageName: Flash drive (blue)
Internal_UserDeviceName: Hitachi HDS722020ALA330 USB Device
Internal_IsCardReader: False
Internal_IsProbablyFixedDrive: False
Internal_DeviceIsDisabled: False
Internal_DeviceIsSafelyRemoved: False
Internal_DeviceWasDisabledByProgram: False
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#UniqueVolume number 1
VolumeName: \\?\Volume{2b6c8de9-c3f2-11df-a60f-0019213fa37d}\
VolumeMountPoints:
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VolumeSerialNo =
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When I plug my external LaCie hard drive into its USB 2.0 slot, Windows makes the "ker-plunk" sound it's supposed to make to signal something has been plugged in. However, my computer doesn't recognize it consistently. It's supposed to be the E drive, but it keeps showing up at J, K, L, down to Z. Anything but E. My USB Mass Storage Device utility doesn't show any drive at all. When I use Windows to try to reassign the drive letter in Computer Management, no options are shown in the drop-down menu. Strangely, according to the Filemon utility, when I plug in the device, Photoshop Elements seems to be doing something in the background. (I get a million entries that begin with PhotoshopElemen:1444, including many references to C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\TWAIN.LOG). Any ideas?
 

A:External Hard Drive Goes Ker-Plunk! But Isn't Recognized

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I have a Buslink model FW60 72E but when I connect it to my computer it is not detected. I can't get it to recognize it at all. My computer is a 64 bit desktop with a quad core Intel i7. It has Windows 7 OS. Any ideas?
 

A:Buslink external hard drive not recognized.

It may just need to a drive-letter assigning to it:

Make sure it's connected to PC & power supply.
Control Panel > Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management
In the bottom-right panel, find the ribbon which relates to the Buslink drive (no drive letter, and it may say "Raw").
Right-click that ribbon & choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths"
Click "New"
Choose a letter.
Click OK
 

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I have a Issue with My WD External harddrive where it will recognize on My PC but it will not be Recognized on my mothers PC. Its pluged in by USB and Pendrives work on her PC just fine. What could be the problem?
 

A:WD external hard drive 232GB not recognized

What is your mother's PC? Windows XP, Service Pack3?
 

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I have a WD external HD that I have used for several years as a backup drive. It's a WD3200. It recently disappeared from my list of available drives. I checked in on several computers with the same result. I cannot see it listed among the drives in my computer or explorer, but I can see it listed in the devices. When I plug it in, I can hear the drive wind up and then slow down. The computer chimes repeatedly, acting as if it is recognized over and over. I checked it under Disk Management and each time the computer gives the chime, it briefly shows up as a listed drive then disappears so fast that I cannot read the info on it. Suggestions?
 

A:WD External Hard Drive No longer Recognized

I would extract the drive from the enclosure and connect it internally directly to a desktop machine and see if it is recognized and works. If the drive works connected internally to a desktop machine then the problem is most likely a problem with the enclosure interface adapter.
 

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