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New hard drive not recognised when I remove old drive

Question: New hard drive not recognised when I remove old drive

I have 6 yr old Dell Dimension 6400 with a failing hard drive so I bought a new hard drive and decided to clone my drive before it failed, but I've ran into a few problems and I hope someone can help me before my old drive breaks!

I fitted the new drive as a slave drive using the "cable select" jumper setting as suggested in my Dell manual and managed to get the drive running fine. I can see it in the bios and my computer.

I cloned the drive using the free version of HDClone which appeared to run smoothly and afterwards I could see all the information from my old drive was on the new drive.

I opened the computer and unplugged the power from the old drive and changed the ribbon cable so the new drive would be the master drive and booted the computer but it said "boot disc failure" several times and a black screen.

I checked on the internet and found a post in a forum that said you could boot off the windows XP disc and run fixmbr which might work so I changed the boot order to boot from the CD rom, but when I tried it couldn't find the CD rom and wouldn't boot up.

After I removed the CD rom and changed the boot order back I tried booting again and this time the Dell logo came up followed by the Bios information and it said "cannot find Disc (0) cannot find disc (1)"

I decided to give up for the day so plugged the old hard drive back in, set it the master disc and the new drive as the slave disc and my computer booted first time.

Can someone please tell me how to make my computer recognise the new disc when the old one isn't there? I honestly dont understand why my computer sees the new disc correctly when the old one is the master but cant see it when the old one is unplugged.

Ive tried changing the jumpers and making the new drive the master but it didn't work and when I look at the boot order it said IDE hard drive (Not Installed)

I would really appreciate any advice because this is really starting to get me down now as I've been trying to get it to work since Wednesday and I can't think of anything else to try. Thanks!

Some more info incase its needed...

The old drive is a Maxtor 6Y160P0, the new drive is seagate st31608. Both are 160GB drives

My computer is a Dell Dimension 6400 running windows XP home sp 3 with 2gb of ram

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Hi all, new member here and am very emotional lol!!

I recently had to reinstall windows on my pc, and had to swop the drives over as it wouldn't install windows over the original c: disk.

I got windows installed fine onto the master disk and all works well until I try to plug in my second drive (which has all the original windows files on it and needs formatting). It then tells me there is a system disk error, or it just wont boot up at all.

I've checked all my cables, power leads and the master/slave switches on both drives and all seems fine there.

In the advances cmos it has the following listings -

first master - none (won't auto detect either)
first slave - samsung (this is what windows is now installed on, and should be set as master)
second master - dvd-rw
second slave - cd-rom drive

am at a loss as to what else I can do now, any advice is appreciated, thanks!
Tess
 

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Have had this external drive for over 3 years and have had no such problems until now.Drive was not seen under Windows XP and device manager had a exclamation mark beside the hardware with the foollowing error "This device cannot start. (Code 10)Click Troubleshoot to start the troubleshooter for this device."Have unisntalled the Mass Storage Device and unplugged the USB Cable. When I insert the USB Cable in, Windows finds the USB Mass Storage Devicee. However it then brings up the error message: " A problem occurred during hardware installation. Your hardware may not function correctly"

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uninstall all the USB devices in Device manager,Action scan for hardware changes and let windows find a reinstall all the usb equipment.

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I have vista, if that makes a difference.
 

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Also, it won't show up on my usb dvd player as of last week. Though as I said, both come up fine on my computer.
 

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I am having problems installing a second hard drive (IDE). It shows up under hardware/device manager in Control Panel but not when I open My Computer.All that is shown is the primary drive C:.Any suggestions?I have been into the BIOS and set values manually but stll no joy, even on auto recognition. Regards Mikmal

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Right-click 'My Computer' >> Manage >> Disk Management and your drive will be listed there. Right-click on the unallocated space area and create a partition then right-click again and choose quick format. It will then appear in My Computer and be ready for use.

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Hard drive not recognised!!I have just got hold of this old PC, I removed the hard drive to see what it was then refitted it, and then tried to boot the PC , but it just hangs were it says PCI device Listing...and at the bottom it says Verifying DMI Pool Date...System spec:Windows 98seInter celeron 400 (Socket 370)32 MB SDRAM DIMM PC100Sparkle Power Micro ATX PSUChaintech 6wiv BareboneIDE Hard Drive: Samsung SV0432A 4.3GB Booting sequenceFloppy, CD-ROM, HDD-O

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if ur comp loads in bos make sure u named the hard drive"c:" for example..if not u can name it from there..

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Current PC = 20GB HD with Win98SE

I have just added a new hard drive (Excelstor 60GB 7200 ATA100) which I want to install Win XP onto it, but cannot get it to be the C: drive, it always comes out as F:

Steps taken so far:
1. Set jumpers on new drive as master
2. Set jumpers on old drive as slave
3. Using the existing cable for the old drive, connected the new drive to the end of the cable and the old drive (which was at the end of the cable) now to be in the middle.
3. Booted from floppy
4. at the A: prompt, could only see C: and this was the old drive.
5. Set BIOS to allow boot from CD
6. Re-booted, with WinXP disk in CD drive.
7. WinXP started to install - but it saw C: as the old drive and allowed me to create a partition on the new drive, which it named F:
8. After WinXP installed OK, re-set BIOS not boot from CD.
8. Re-boot and PC loads WinXP with no apparent problems - except that it is all F: drive.

What have I done wrong? I want WinXP to be on the new drive as C: and use the old drive as a different letter.

Help / suggestions please

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Answer:New hard drive not recognised as C:

I have had the same probs in the past with Win XP and usually have to resort to disconnecting the old drive, loading XP on the new drive....which is now the c: drive.....and then reconnect the old drive which will now be your F; drive. Its not a very glamorous fix I know, but it works.
I have a zip drive on my machine which it sometimes calls the c: drive if I need to reload XP and my hard drive as the F: drive. Yet if I redo the installation, the second time it will correctly call my hard drive the C: drive......go figure...cos I can't.
Someone on here may have a better fix.
 

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Afraid I need your help again!!!!
I have just bought a new HDD to replace my failing one.
I have an IDE/SATA to USB adaptor which I plugged in to clone my drive but neither my laptop or my desktop are recognising the drive. Does it need powering? I thought the SATA cable did this - could I have bought myself a dodgy drive? - or am I just not doing something I should?
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Answer:Hard drive not being recognised!

its not detecting the disk which would suggest faulty hardware it may be worth checking the power cable and the ribbon are inserted properly may also be worth trying a different ribbon

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Answer:New Hard Drive - Not Recognised

have you got a program installed on your account that is hiding it, programs like tweakxp, tweak ui ect. just a thought

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Good Afternoon,

I have a 20GB SV2044D samsung hard drive which i previuosly have had problems installing into a computer. At work we also have an HP Brio 400Mhz with sufficient ram and a 4GB hard drive, which we want to add a new hard drive to, we bought a 160GB IDE Hitachi SKU 873541 hard drive and want to replace the 4GB with this 160GB, problem is that in both cases they are not recognised.

In the case of the works 160GB, this a virgin drive - never been installed before, the brio appears to recognse the drive in the device manager and on boot up, in the bios it is recognised and for some reason only is listed as just over 8GB in size !.

But in My Computer - it is not shown, is there a way of getting the pc to recognise it, we are attempting to create an image of the 4GB and transfer it to the 160GB and then use this as the Master using GHOST, intentionally retiring the 4GB.

In the case of the SV, it did originally work, but now does not seem to want to work with any pc, is there a way of also getting this to work?

If there is a quick way of resolving these, i would be very greatful.

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Just refreshing the thread in the hope of some help

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anyone know why xp cant see my other hard drive with win98 on it. It picked it up when I went to add hardware and said the hard drive was installed and ready to use but there was no sight of the hard drive it just detected when I looked under MyComputer. Only the Local Disk ? is being displayed. How can I get XP to recognize this drive?

Thanks,

Darren

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What is shown on the disk management utility?
type diskmgmt.msc into the run box > click OK > to open the utility.

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I have fitted a second hard drive to my pc, the drive is being auto-detected at startup by the bios but there is no sign of it when windows has started. The pc i have fitted the drive to is running win ME/2000. It is also formatted as NTFS, I don't know if that makes any difference.Any help would be much appreciated.

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you will need to format the drive.in xp its control panel/administrative tools/computer management/disk management right click the drive and choose format.not sure about winME or 2000,should be similar.

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I just found the answer by searching on this forum! I needed to get into Manage the drive and give it a drive letter. For some reason the drive letter had disappeared.

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Answer:Hard drive not recognised by XP

When you place it in your own system, is it in addition to the HDD already there? If so, Windows will recognise it as extra storeage.Does son's PC work normally except for the fact you cannot access the HDD manually via "My Computer"?If so it has to be an OS problem and maybe a Repair Install will sort it.Apologies if I am teaching you suck eggs, but normally the OS has to be re-installed if a major component like a mobo is changed.

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I had the same problem once, I found a cheap recovery program at downloads.com. I reformatted and was still able to recover my files, only had a problem with a few .jpg's not working after that. Some body else here probably knows a different, better way, but this is something to keep in mind.

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Cheers.
 

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If you are running XP, in your start menu,right click My Computer,choose manage,and then click Disk Management in the lefthand side panel,all the details of your drives will be showing on the righthand side panel,right click on the (I should think drive E or F) depending on how many secondary IDE you have and choose FORMAT, afterwards you'll be asked to reboot,you will see your new drive in My Computer by now.

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Hi,

O/S: XP Pro SP2
Hard Drive: 80 Gb

I have problem with my PC. 3 days ago my pc was runnig perfect and smoothly but yesterday when i tried to open it, didn't work.

It dont come to the place where you login! Doesn't even show the welcome screen.

I tried to connect the hard disk as a usb to another pc. It loads up, installs it as a device, shows it in device manager as a usb device but doesnt show anything on My Computer.

I need to get some files in the hard disk but dont know how!

Can anyone help me? Please!!

Waiting for your replies!!

Regards,
Deniz
 

Answer:My hard drive is not recognised

I tried to connect the hard disk as a usb to another pcClick to expand...

Do this instead

Open the working computer up (side cover off, and power off too!)
Unplug the CD/DVD Drive data cable
Plug the faulty HardDrive into the data cable, and also plug in one of the molex power cables (you can use the CD/DVD Drive's power cable too)

Make sure the HardDrive won't hit anything and short it
Turn on
Once Windows finds the new Drive, then check My Computer
 

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Answer:Hard Drive not recognised

did you try your HD in diferent system just if other system will recognise your HD if yes u can at least back up your data.

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Hi, i just purchased a new seagate SATA2 500 gig hard drive, with the intention of cloning my primary disk due to: 'pri master hard disk smart status bad'

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Does anyone know how i can fix this or of any common problems between IDE and SATA2

any help will be greatly appreciated

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Answer:new hard drive not recognised

Check in Disk Management of the Administrative Tools -> Computer Management in the control panel. See if you see your drive in there. Brand new drives don't have a partition set up on them yet, so Windows can't read/write to them, you'll have to create a partition first, which can be done in disk management.

Are you sure its showing up as a cd drive? I've never heard of that.
 

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Post make and model of your USB 2.0 hard drive. Would suggest that before you use it it may need formatted. But post back with what I asked for.

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Answer:Only around 50% of hard drive is recognised

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A few days ago i disconnected my second hard drive because i was experiencing "freeze up" when i would try to open a file on the second drive.  This morning I opened up the machine and checked the jumpers.  They were set for master and slave.   I reset them both to CS enable after deciding that the cable was an ATA cable that could be used for that.      Then when I restarted tje machine it would not boot.   I went to BIOS and set the bboot sequence for drive 0 first then floppy, CD rom in that order.   After several tries, the machine finally booted.  But it will not recognise the second drive.  It is not on "my computer" or on the device manager.  I am running Windows XP Home ed.  Does anyone have any ideas???a   Thanks

Answer:Second hard drive not recognised

Is 2nd drive (Drive 1) shown in BIOS?

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I bought a new hard drive for my computer, i am using windows xp, i connected it all up, and the computer is not recognising it, my primary hard drive is almost full and i really need this hard drive to work.
 

Answer:New hard drive not recognised

you can make sure that the drivers you have are compatible.
 

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Check your config.sys file for a line that says "Last drive=Z", without quotes, if its not there add save the file and reboot. Also have you formatted the drive, and did you fdisk and create an extended dos partition with logical drives on it.

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XP, SP1.
I installed a second HD, (IDE), as extra space for files. It is set up correctly as a slave to the main HD and appears in BIOS and on-screen at start-up. Acronis also sees it. However it appears nowhere in Windows, not Device Manager, not Disk Management, not Add hardware, you name it, it's not there.

I formatted it with Acronis as logical, assuming the computer sees the two drives as one. That's one possible clanger. Can you suggest anything else? This ought be so simple.

By the by, I looked at the Hitachi site and mine doesn't appear on their list of HDs - I've asked them how to find it. There was no driver with the HD and they say drivers are no longer needed for XP.
 

Answer:second hard drive not recognised

How did you format a drive that the OS can't see?
You may have better luck with Cable Select.
What's the computer specs (Make, Model, Mobo, etc.)?
 

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Operating system?

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Hi,

Am hoping someone can offer a simple solution here!

I have just had to reformat both my hard drives and reinstall windows on the primary/master drive. I have a program from Maxtor to wipe the second drive, which I ran overnight last night.

The computer boots up fine, and a little message came up in the corner of the desktop saying 'new hardware found, hard drive' but its not showing up in my computer.

I have checked the cables and the switches, all are in the right place, am not sure what else it can be - all help appreciated!

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Tess
 

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I finally solved this myself! My solution is below for anyone else having the same problem.1) Go into your bios and disable the Sata channel that you have installed your new drive on.2)Restart computer and go into disk managenment3)Your new disk should be listed as 'disk 0'4) right click the left box by the disk 0 drive and select 'initialise disk'5) Right click the right box and select 'simple volume'6) follow the instructions that come up in the wizard7) your new disk should now show up in 'disk management' and 'explorer' with the drive letter you allocated in the wizard.Hope this helps. Good luck.

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Can you post a screen shot of Disk management with old external hard drive?
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Hi Folks, new to all this and only have moderate knowledge of computers, so be gentle. Here goes.I have a system with two hard drives, all was working fine but slowing down etc so chose to do format on C drive . D drive holds music only. Format on XP went ok , everything back and working fine.Problem : In My Computer the D drive no longer shows up. I have been on device manager and it shows there with no errors, working fine, best driver in use etc.I have tried going into disk management via Control panel. Drive shows as OK but no drive letter there.I tried right click to change or assign drive letter but option not available.I cannot access a lot of good music.Done all the usual re leads, connections. I'm sure its a software problem.HelpTim

Answer:Hard Drive not recognised

Here Ya Go...patio.  8-)

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ive been hleping a friend out a couple of days now with his pc cos it screwed up.
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So today i installed the broadband modem for him and the PC worked fine. Then i downloaded and installed Norton Anti-virus and internet security wich worked fine. Then i updated it and restarted it like it said, Then it just wouldn't load up, i looked on the setup screen and the HD wasn't recognised.

Any ideas why its not working ?

Thx for the help
 

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Hi...
I'm a complete newbie on Windows 7, having been a diehard XP user. I'm actually fielding this question from my XP computer.
However, I now have a new computer running [b]Win7 Home Premium (64-bit)[/b].
Currently, it's completely 'clean', no other software installed bar Win7. I haven't even connected it to the web yet!
Here's my query:
There are two 500Gb hard drives installed.
However, when I click on 'Computer', all I see is notification of ONE drive only:
'Hard Disk Drives (1)
Local Disk C: 436Gb free of 465Gb
When I go into Device Manager, both drives are there.
I found my way into Disk Management: Start>Diskmgmnt.msc
What I then see is:
[b]Disk 0[/b]: Basic 465Gb Online (at left)
[b]Disk 1[/b]: Basic 465Gb NTFS Online & to its right, 'C' 465 Gb NTFS - Healthy (Boot, Page Dump, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)
To the right of [b]'Disc 0'[/b] are what appear to be two partitions:
1. [b]System Reserved[/b]: 100MB NTFS Healthy (System,Active, Primary Partition)
2. 465 Gb Unallocated
When I right-click 'System Reserved', I have the option: 'Change Drive Letter & Paths'. I don't have that option if I click '465Gb Unallocated'
If I give 'System Reserved' a letter, will this then designate my 'missing' drive accordingly?
If I then click 'Computer' will it show 'Hard Drive (1) and 'Hard Drive (2)?
All I want to do is 'see and access? the second drive and be able to add files etc to it whenever I want. Just the way I can with XP.
Any help or suggestions would be appre... Read more

Answer:Second Hard Drive Not Being Recognised

DO NOT MAKE ANY CHANGES to the System Reserved partition, which is the "Active" partition Windows 7 is booting from. It does not have a drive letter.
From what you say, it appears that Windows is booting from one hard drive but has the operating system on the other.
The "Unallocated Space" on Disk 0 doesn't appear as a drive available to you because it hasn't been partitioned, given a drive letter and formatted. If you right click the Unallocated Space in Disk Management is there an option to create a partition?

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System - PC Chips M848 mobo - Athlon XP2400 - 512Mb DDR 333, Western Digital HDD, running XP Home. I recently rebuilt the system round the new mobo and processor. It workd fine other than at startup the HDD is not always recognised. If I enter the BIOS and set HDD to user, then use Auto detect, the HDD is recognised. I then have to re-boot, re-enter BIOS, set 1st boot device to IDE-0, as it is not present at first boot, save and exit. Upon re-booting, the HDD is recognised, and the system will start.However, there is a long pause each time I save and exit to anything happening (30 seconds or so) and when the splah screen appears, it is dim for mabey 2-3 second, then all is well. Windows upon startup reports that the system has recovered from a serious error. Everything then runs as it should. Is there a way to make the HDD recognised at first boot without having to go through the above procedure, or do I have a faulty mobo as I am suspecting?

Answer:Hard Drive not recognised

There is an option for a "fast boot" somewhere in the BIOS - disable it as it may be so fast that the hdd is not spinning fast enough at startup.

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I purchased a 20 gig Fujitsu h drive in a sale, hooked it up to my old p2 computer, it does recognise it at start up but not in win explorer. It is probably wiped clean, but it is spinning. I have tried setting all drives to auto in set up, different jummper configs on drives, but nothing happens. I have tried a known good drive but still it wont see it. If the computer wont see it how can I format it. I have a feeling the drive is ok and something else is wrong> Interested to hear you views on this one. regards Dotry
 

Answer:hard drive not recognised

I assume you are adding it as a 2nd Hard Drive to a computer. Make sure its hooked to the secondary IDE Cable connector, and the cable connector is inserted well enough into the back of the hard drive. Make the 2nd hard drive a slave, you can do that by changing the jumper on the back of that HD.

When all this is done, boot up your comp with a boot disk, run the FDISK command and create a new partition so you can begin using the hard drive
 

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I have been given a Dell Optiplex to repair by a work colleague, and it is giving me problems. Tryin got boot goes through BIOS and POSt, up to the "windows loading" screen, at which point it crashed to a blue screen with an "unmounted disk" error. I removed the drive and tried to use it in a USB external casing, and cannot get it recognised at all in any of 3 other computers. The drive is an old IDE, and as my current rigs are all SATA (no IDE connections) I cannot easily connect it directly.

The question is thus, can I do anything to get the drive recognised or fix the unmounted drive error? Web search turned up a few basics (use 80 pin connector didnt work; it was already there) but nothing useful. I was considering EasyBCD or equivalent, but cannot find a bootable version (probably me just being blind!).

Any ideas welcome- my colleagues wife has a large number of photos stored on the drive she wats, and his life is hanging by a thread. I did explain about backups, but after the event is no use, and I suspect if he used the arguement at home, portions of his anatomy would experiece pain
 

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Hi guys,Thanks again for your help on my previous thread regarding my Vaio Tower not working after the storms last week also my modem is broken so the problem must have been thro the phone line.Well the beast is back working after pc world fixed it BUT!! on re plugging my Seagate external hard drive it tells me in the tool bar that it doesnt recognise the USB device.The drive is full of life Green light fan working etc..what has happened??.I have checked thro the troubleshooting properties on route hub as told.All my music is on here nightmare you trust in a external drive in case of the nightmare storm or program loss so is the data still on there? what do you recommend (other USB'S ARE OK BY THE WAY)Please can you help.Cheers

Answer:External hard drive not recognised HELP!!

See if you can get a flash drive or other device such as a printer to work on the same USB port you're using for the Seagate.Try the Seagate on a different USB port - are there any USB expansion cards fitted to the pc? if so try using that instead .

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Hi

Hoping someone can help....

I tried to update the BIOS but it didnt work. Computer re-started and now my SSD drive with windows installed on is not recognised and hence i cannot get into windows. I have a 2tb slave drive with stuff on i cannot afford to lose. Something similar happened a while a go so i got a new ssd drive replacement but i dont think anything is wrong with it. Last time i had to repartition the drive as it was in RAW format but i cannot remember how i did that? The computer is less than 6 months old and a pretty powerful machine so doubt its the hardware as such, more that ive done something to it after trying to updatethe BIOS im sure.

Any help would be great, can provide any more ifo if needed.

Thank you

Ben
 

Answer:Hard drive not recognised in BIOS

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HiI have just tried installing a new hard drive on my computer. (removing the old smaller one)It is a samsung 160gb ultra ata133 sp1654n.using a win me start up disk I can not access this drive from dos and therefore can not install os (win2000)The bios seems to recognise the drive ie it is displayed on the start up screen and when entering the bios it is also recognised. However it recognises it as a samsung drive at 160 gb but does not fill in values for cylinders heads and secors.The motherboard is a asrock k7sx8 with the origonal bios.Any help appreciated.mark

Answer:hard drive not recognised in bios

" The bios seems to recognise the drive ie it is displayed on the start up screen and when entering the bios it is also recognised. However it recognises it as a samsung drive at 160 gb but does not fill in values for cylinders heads and secors."That should be fine, just leave it on auto in the bios. F10 to save settings and exit.If you are going to use windows 2000, don't use the ME boot up disk. just set the bios to cdrom for first boot. Pop the cd in the cdrom drive, start the computer and follow the installation prompts. You can format and partition the drive as you load windows 2000.here is a brilliant guide to installing 2000. click here

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Hi,

I lent my external hard drive to a friend who is not very computer savvy.... and since its return it is not being recognised by my computer.

i dont believe that it is not because it dosent have a letter allocated to it.

in disk management it shows WD Ext HDD 1021 USB Device properties.... it said that this device is working properly, but then it also says that Disk 1 is unallocated?

i have plugged external hd into two other computers, they do not recognise it and i have also plugged in another hd into my computer, which picks it up automatically.

my friend who borrowed the hd is not very computer savvy, but from what he told me, i think he has formatted it?

i have checked the device manager and there dosent seem to be anything out of the ordinary.

ANY HELP will be muchly appreciated!

if it helps, it is a WD brand.... oh, and yes it was working fine when i first got it a week ago.

Answer:External Hard drive not recognised

Hello Tahnead, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Your friend deleted your hard drive leaving it as unallicated space (unformatted).

If you did not need the data that was on it, then you can just use Disk Management to format and create a new "simple volume" with it. The STEP TWO section in the tutorial below can help show you how to if needed.

Disk Management - Shrink Partition


If you needed to try and recover the data on the drive, then you see if using Paragon Partition Manager Personal edition may be able to undelete the drive's partition for you. Unfortunately, the edition of this program that allows you to undelete a partition is not free and costs $9.95.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi,

I have a Buffalo ministation HD-PF500U2 500gb portable hard drive, and an ASUS laptop running Vista.

The problem is this: Whenever I plug my hard drive in, its light begins green, but turns yellow, and the computer makes absolutely no indication that it has recognised it. I went to device manager and saw a USB Mass Storage Device apparently recognised, but nothing in My Computer, and no way to access it. So I chose to 'uninstall' this Mass Storage Device on Device Manager (since Device Manager told me it was still plugged in, even when it wasn't) and then plugged my hard drive back in. I got the 'installing device driver software' message, and was told it was all fine, but the light went yellow again, and still no way to access the files.

I've tried microsofts MATS program for devices, and that tells me that some hardware changes have not been recognised, but that it has fixed the problem. It tells me this every time I run it.

Any advice?

Thanks all,

Bob
 

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My 20Gb hard drive that i recently bought is not able to be recognised by my computer. it is only recognising 7.85Gb. Any thoughts on what i can do to rectify this situation.

Answer:20Gb not recognised by hard drive

Hmm never seen that before on such a small drive. Have you made sure to format it and all that good stuff?

Got your service packs all updated and whatnot?

Other than that, I've only come across like 200Gb drives only being seen as 127gb not a 20gb only recognizing 7

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i have an msi p4mam-v mb (8235 chipset) and when trying to format xp does not recognise the sata hard disk. I dont have a floppy drive and have used nlite to create a cd with the drivers but that didnt work either.
I was wondering if there was a way to set the bios so that the xp installation will see the hard drive?
thanks for any help in advance,
al
 

Answer:sata hard drive not recognised

You cant really do anything in BIOS other than ensuring SATA/RAID are enabled . Windows needs to load the drivers . During XP Setup loading files I presume you are hitting F6 when prompted ?
 

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Sorry if this is in the wrong place but I need advice on my IdeaPad 510, it does not recognise my HP external hard drive. I've tried plugging the external drive into all the USB slots, with no luck. The laptop is brand new, only bought three days ago, and my USB storage stick works in it, so I can't work out why it won't find my HP drive. The drive isn't faulty, worked perfectly on my old Toshiba, and lights up when plugged into my Lenovo, but when I go to the 'This PC' section it's nowhere to be seen. I've even looked on HPs website I case I need to download a driver but the HP website says that there isnt any drivers for my external hard drive. Can anybody help me figure this out please? I have a lot of work on that drive, as well as family photos, that I need to access. Thanks in advance

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Recognised

fletcher89 wrote:The drive isn't faulty, worked perfectly on my old Toshiba, and lights up when plugged into my Lenovo, but when I go to the 'This PC' section it's nowhere to be seen.Have you plugged in and switched on the separate power supply for the external hard drive?  The external drive may require more power than can be supplied by your Lenovo via the USB connection.  If this is the case, the LED will light on the hard drive, but there will be insufficient power to spin the disk or handle read/write requests correctly. The old Toshiba may have provided more power via USB than the new Lenovo can. -- from CyberSimian in the UK

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Hi All,
My 1.5tb Samsung Story Station has stopped being recognised by my computer. When I go to disk management, the disc shows but says the whole disk is empty when in fact it has lots of files on. The light flashes but it sounds like it's not getting enough power or something.
The strange thing is when I plug it into my tv (it has a usb port for playing video files), I can access all the files and watch the films etc on there with no problems. The light is solid when it is plugged into this which is what is expected.
Please can anyone help?

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Recognised

Refresh USB Ports
Use Drive clean up to remove USB device drive info from the registry
http://www.uwe-sieber.de/files/drivecleanup.zip
Reboot
then plug in drive and see if windows finds and recognises all the files

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I have just bought a hard drive enclosure for a laptop HDD runing 98se. Niether my new laptop or my PC recognise it. I wish to transfer work from my old laptop which has no floppy or usb. Is the case faulty or have I done something wrong?

Answer:Hard drive enclosure not recognised

The drive as to be setup so you can use it. If you have a XP computer plug the drive in, right click My Computer choose Manage\Disc Management Set the drive up for Fat32 so you can see it in 98se

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two computers were running perfectly, 1 athlon 1800 and 1 pentium 2 - both windows ME. After upgrading son's computer, attempted to install his old hard drive (IBM deskstar 40 gb) in athlon system as 2nd hard drive. All jumper settings were correctly reset. Computer would not boot into windows from c drive and bios reported as "no fixed disk present". Did also not recognise the transferred IBM drive as secondary. ME boot floppy used and possibility of virus mentioned.I then tried (foolishly) to install the IBM disk in the old Pentium as secondary, with the same results. I now have two computers where the C drive is reported as " no fixed disk present.If the old drive had a virus, is it possible that it infected the C drives before windows was started? Can the motherboards now be infected? Would it be safe to try to replace the C drives with a clean drive, or will this too be affected? Finally, as I cannot get into windows to run anti-virus program, does anyone no of an anti virus program that can be run from DOS prompt? Or any other advice to resue these machines, please.

Answer:hard drive not recognised by bios

not an answer to your question as such, but have you entered the bios and checked that the ide's are set to auto detect.this needs to be set for the hardrives to be picked up by the bios, for some reason they may not be set or have been changed and may need to be set again..worth a try

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Thank you in advance to any help I receive. Here is my story...

My Versa NEC E2000 notebook has had several problems under warranty since purchased under lease 2.5yrs ago - it's had 3 hard drives and 1 motherboard replaced under warranty. NEC advised a global replacement program for the battery.
So I had my hubby undo the base of the computer to check out whether my battery part number fell into the range requiring replacement, which he did so that I could submit it to NEC for replacemt Since then (don?t why seeing the 2 areas aren?t connected?) my DVD/cd drive has been faulty. It intermittently will not read cds/dvds and won?t write new discs PLUS it makes this awful ?whirring? and ?scraping noises? when you press the eject button & close unit (whether disc in it or not) or upon start-up.

Basically I couldn?t rely on it & because it was similar to problems that occurred when I ended up with the other warranty repairs I began to freak I would lose my data & programs. I had a small portable external hard drive which I kept as much pictures (semi pro photographer so I have 1000s of digital files) and business data on as possible - I had tried backing up to it but it wouldn?t take the everything on my notebook plus the stuff already on small drive. Seeing I couldn?t write stuff to cd/dvds we decided to go and buy bigger external hard drive. (I have virus/adware/spy scanning in place & used to backup to discs and/or my small ex... Read more

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Hello
Me again - I decided to try once more plugging my maxtor drive in... and guess what it turned up on my device manager this time stating 465.76 Gb space 100% free. This has shocked me being that I have attempted this approx 10 times prior to posting during the day and NOW it shows up. The drive has been making noises ever since (10mins +) but it doesnt show up on my computer still. Please please help me. I am going crazy here wondering what the heck is going on. If i have to return the maxtor under warranty and my NEC under its extended warranty then fine - but i really want my data back first.
Wishing for a computer angel.
Shells
 

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Just re-installed my original settings from my ME boot disc but like a complete muppet forgot all about my 2nd hard drive. I did not format it or delete all the files off of it.As a consequence I cannot get the system to recognise the 2nd drive.I go through the install new hardware bit & it says "new software found" (have not actually installed any) but the drive does not appear anywhere. I tried rebooting the system but I get a red screen saying something about conflicting systems, which I assume is because the 2nd hard drive has later settings etc ???, & then the blue screen with error messages etc.I then disconect the 2nd drive & reboot with no problems.Anybody help me out of this one please

Answer:2nd Hard Drive Not Recognised after reinstall

The message I get when the 2nd drive is connected up after a reboot is...NAV AUTO PROTECT (red screen)UNABLE TO READ CONFIG FILESi then press enter& getWINDOWS ERROR (BLUE SCREEN)FILE NAME VMM (12) + 000030E3 ERROR : OE : 0028 : C02820E3press any keyBLACK SCREEN & HANGS..I hope that gives more of an idea.I forgot to mention the 2nd drive is the slave & the jumpers have not been changed at all.thankshopefullyGaz

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I have an Packard Bell Easynote R1935 notebook serial number:702211960233 and have had to change the hard drive. I have fitted the hard drive which is shown in the BIOS but when I install windows and get as far as pressing enter to install windows which is XP home I get the following message. "Setup did not find any hard disc drives in your computer. Make sure any hard disc drives are powered and properly connected etc." The new hard disc is fitted correctly." How can I get windows to recognise the hard drive? Please help.

Answer:Hard drive not recognised by windows

the new drive is correctly formatted, and you have double-checked the connection.If the drive is recognised in the BIOS but not by Windows setup it may be that you haven't set the drive as the first boot device. It may not be initialising in time for the installer to see it.

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Problem:
I have two external hard drives that I have been using for backups etc. on my desktop running Windows 10 Home. I connected the external drives to my HP Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 to copy some files andit has changed the ownership to the external drives laptop user!
Now when I connect the external drives back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home the drives are not recognised anddon?t even show in Disk Management!
Question:
How can I get the external drives to be recognised and change ownership back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home?

Answer:External hard drive not recognised

I was going to suggest trying Acronis Disk Director or anything similar, however, I'm not certain if such will help or not. If I can remember the possible "clicks," I'll post back.

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hi there.Neither of my pc's will now recognise my external hard drive, says to format the drive. But I can't do this or I will lose all my stuff. My LG smart tv will recognise the drive however. Is there anyway to access my photos, videos etc and put them back on my laptop? Thank you/

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Problem:
I have two external hard drives that I have been using for backups etc. on my desktop running Windows 10 Home. I connected the external drives to my HP Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 to copy some files andit has changed the ownership to the external drives laptop user!
Now when I connect the external drives back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home the drives are not recognised anddon?t even show in Disk Management!
Question:
How can I get the external drives to be recognised and change ownership back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home?

Answer:External hard drive not recognised

I was going to suggest trying Acronis Disk Director or anything similar, however, I'm not certain if such will help or not. If I can remember the possible "clicks," I'll post back.

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I use two external drives as archive and back up, a Seagate 260GB and a Freecom 300GBMy Freecom suddenly has become unavailable because Windows "cannot find a driver for Cypress AT2LP RC42" Looking on the net shows a lot of such problems around Dec 2006 but I can find any solution listed other than A)Buying a new drive or B) Buying a new External Drive case and fitting the old drive into it. The first would result in the loss of all data on the drive (- It should be backed up on the Seagatebut who knows if there has been a seperate malfunction?)The secondbeg the question of would the new case acually work.Does anyone know of a way to get the missing driver?

Answer:External Hard drive not recognised

This may be of help to you, just ignore the one who says through it in the dustbin.click here

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My 160gig hard drive is recognised by windows and i can see it on bios it is detected but when i open my computer its not there i cant assign a drive letter to it or anything i cant access it [/URL][/IMG]
i have windows xp sp2 with Western digital HD's and yes i've checked all the connectors and tried new connectors. can any one plz help me
 

Answer:Hard Drive Unreadable but recognised

Is this new drive SATA or PATA. If the former has it been enabled in the bios?
 

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Hi all hope someone can help.

I recently bought a new Iomega 500GB external hard drive. Working away fine for weeks but since yesterday my laptop (Toshiba Satellitte A215 with Vista) is giving a "USB Device not recognised" message when I connect it. All work info on the drive so really need to get access.. Tried docinnecting and reconnection numerous times and to different USB ports but same result each time.

Any ideas appreciated !

Regards,
Ray,
 

Answer:Iomega Hard Drive not recognised

Hi all, forget this thread.. it just started working again for some reason.

Ray,
 

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I have purchased an external hard drive case and installed a second hand 40 GB hard drive. Win XP Home reconizes it as a mass storage drive but it dosn't appear in Explorer.The hard drive has been formatted (I'm told) but I don't know what file system was used. Where do I Start?

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Recognised

In disk manager,check it is really formated.

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HiJust got a new barebones machine after my old machine died (previous post - PC won't boot). I put my old HD in and it started to boot and I got the message saying windows did not shut down properly last time did I want to start normally, safe mode or last known config.I chose normal and got the blue screen with the message IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR EQUALSave mode also gave me a blue screen saying there was an error and windows could not be started.I had been warned previous that windows may have a problem with the new mobo and chipset & I may need to reinstall windows. I did this with another HD with the with the old C drive as the slave then I could copy over what I needed.During the installation I was asked what drive I wanted to install windows on and give the size and free space for both drives.Everything has worked fine except in my computer the old C drive doesn?t show. It?s listed in the device manager and listed as working properly. I?ve been into computer management ? disk management. The drive is also listed there but it has no drive letter and won?t let you assign one. Again it lists capacity and free spaceAny ideas anyone as there is some things I would like to retrieve off this drive

Answer:Hard drive not recognised in my computer

Try setting the jumper on the old drive either to Slave or to CLS, but NOT Master.

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My Gericom external hard drive is now not being recgnised in my computer. it used to be. wonder what's happened.

Answer:External hard drive not NOW being recognised

Try taking the cover of it and then Reseat the Drive Ribbon Plugs

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I realise there are loads of these kind of threads but none of them are quite the same problem as mine. My Hard Drive has been working fine for a long time but is now not being recognised by computers. The power light goes on, but when plugged into different computers different usbs and with a different usb cable, there is no change to the computer and the hard drive doesnt start movfing and making noise.
I realise its probably broken but is there anysoftware I can get that will find it just so i can recover some data?
Thanks for your help
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Not recognised

Try and take it out of the enclosure and hook it direct as a second HD....if it is getting power and it isn't spinning......then if the taking out of enclosure doesn't work..then data recovery company might help but the data would have to be very important as very very expensive.
 

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I have a toshiba external hard drive which my computer is not recognising. It has all my photos on so I really do want to get it working.I have tried removing and replacing the plugs to no avail. The hard drive does not make any sounds when switched on, but power is getting to it as the light comes on. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Answer:External hard drive not recognised

Does it show in device manager?or any sign when you plug in the USB port.What operating system are you using?Have you tried it on another machine?Can you check the internal connections on the drive?

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my wd hard drive is no longer being recognised by my laptop, absolutly nothing happens when i plug it in. it does however work on my mothers laptop. please can you help.
 

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Hi there,

I've just bought a Verbatim External Hard Drive - 640GB. When I connect it to my PC [Compaq Presario 5000] using the supplied USB lead, I get the message "USB Device not recognised".

I have tried all the USB ports on the PC and have re-booted several times without any luck.

I attached it to my laptop and it worked within seconds so there's no problem with the hardware.

Any help and advice gratefully received.
Regards
Mark
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Recognised via USB

Have you tried any other USB devices on the aging Compaq 5000? You can try installing newer chipset drivers, that might help, or go to Windows Updates, go to the optional hardware updates and see if a newer USB driver is available...
 

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I've got a new external hard drive that should be plug and play. When I plug it in the computer "beeped" and said there was new hardware but then it is not shown in My computer.

I'm also having a similar problem with my ipod - it is not showing in my computer or itunes. However I'm not having the same problem with other external hard drives.

Any ideas?

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Can anyone shed some light. I have a 40 Gb external USB hard drive attached to my PC. Which was being used exclusively as storage and my PC recognised it no problem. Today I actually installed it into my PC (internal), reformatted it and loaded Windows XP home onto it. As I wanted to save my existing hard disk just in case and install a clean O/S to swap over eventually. I have since taken this disk back out and connected it via USB again and it is not being recognised at all by Win XP. Is it therefore true that if there is an O/S loaded on an external USB hard drive that it cannot be recognised let alone booted to. Any advice is much appreciated....
 

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Need a bit of help on an issue with an Internal SATA 2.5" Hard Drive.
I have removed this drive from a working laptop which had a dual boot of Linux and Windows on it. I would like to use the hard drive for another application however when I have inserted it into a USB caddy, the hard drive is not recognised at all by windows (bar the icon in the corner saying that the device had been successfully installed). The Hard drive is no where to be seen in Windows Explorer.
I have tried to use some free hard drive partition/recovery program which can see the hard drive, however it has greyed out all options of a reformat, repartition and so on.
Does anyone have any ideas which I can try?
The hard drive, when returned to the laptop, will boot perfectly into Windows and Linux.

Answer:Hard Drive not recognised by Windows

Right click My Computer and select Manage
Click on disk management
Is the drive listed there and if so does it have a drive letter?
Drives without drive letters will not show up in My Computer.

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Hi, so I bought a new 1TB samsung sata hard drive today for a slave drive. i installed it fine and it shows up in the bios and device manager fine. however, it doesnt show up in my computer or disc defrag.
im running windows 7 and i just recently upgraded to it, thus i dont really want to have to format again.
anyone know what i should do?
 

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive not being recognised?

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I erased all data on a spare internal hard drive to use for backup, but Acronis wont recognise it. My Computer just says disk empty. What do I need to do to make it usable. I am using Windows 7. Any help will be appreciated.
 

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Problem:
I have two external hard drives that I have been using for backups etc. on my desktop running Windows 10 Home. I connected the external drives to my HP Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 to copy some files and it has changed the ownership to the external drives laptop user!
Now when I connect the external drives back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home the drives are not recognised!!
Question:
How can I get the external drives to be recognised and change ownership back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home??

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Hi first post here. My portable hard drive stops showing up all of a sudden. It is connected to a USB hub. When I go to 'Disk Management' in 'Computer Management', the hard drive shows up as Unknown - Not Initialised. Also this hard drive works while not using the USB hub, and the USB hub works as well with other devices. Please help, I need this fixed soon. Thanks!

Answer:External hard drive not recognised

Powered or unpowered hub? If it unpowered its drawing all its power from the one USB port its plugged into. USB 2 ports are limited to 500 ma max. If you have more than one device on the hub its likely not supplying enough current for the hard drive to function properly. A powered hub can supply 500 ma per port.

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Hi,

I've been using a 1TB iOmega external hard drive with my laptop for about a month and a few days ago it stopped working and isn't being recognised, the power light comes on when i connect the usb cable to the laptop but there is no noise from the hard drive at all and it doesn't show in disk management.

I took it into work with me and connected to my work PC (which runs XP) and it works fine, also tried it on another laptop which is running Vista and it doesn't work.

any ideas? Laptop is an HP Pavilion DV6

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Being Recognised

The first thing that comes to my mind is, does this external hdd have its own powersupply or does it receive its power from the USB ports only?

If it has its own powersupply, check with iOmega: https://iomega-na-en.custhelp.com/app/home and see if your hdd requires drivers for Windows 7. In years past, iOmega required drivers for all of its stuff whereas other products you could just plug into the usb and they would work.

If it receives its power from the USB ports, try to use a cable that has two ends for the USB ports, it could be just a lack of power. I have 1 TB (not iomega) that would not work from my front USB ports but will work from the rear USB ports of my desktop.

Let me know how this turns out for ya...

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Hi,

I'm having a problem with a WD MyBook External Hard Drive.

I was at a friends house and they accidently knocked my hard drive over, the drive was standing upright on the floor (as we were about to use it) plugged in to the power but not in the computer, and she accidently knocked it and it fell on its side. I then went to use it, and it wasnt working, was not being recognised by my friends computer. When I got back to my computer I tried it and the same thing is happening, there is a noise coming from it, and the light is on, saying it is connected to a computer, but it has not come up in Computer as anything and it does not come up when connected to my ps3.

It would be annoying enough that the hard drive may be broken, but only 2 days ago I did a clean install of my computer, and this is my only back up, and there are so many personal and important documents that have yet to be transferred over.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Being Recognised

I have some bad news for you. if the drive was on when it was knocked over, the heads were in near-contact with the drive platters. That means that the heads probably hit the platter while it was spinning (this is called a head crash). Your drive is probably hosed.

Courtney
 

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Hi all...I bought a BUFFALO hard drive and transfered all our pics before replacing desk top for a new laptop (DELL INSPIRON)
Problem is laptop doesn't recognise this device when pluuged in no prompts not showing anywhere...Really worried as all our wedding photos are on it...Any advice appreciated...Be gentle I'm not very PC literate :)

Answer:External hard drive not recognised-Help!

is buffalo powered up?
check if drive seen in device manager or disk manager

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Please can anyone help me? I have an external hard drive but when i plug it into my computer through the usb port it is connecting but it does not come up in my computer and i cannot access it. When looking at the properties for the hard drive it says it is at location: 0. does anyone have any idea how to initialize the hard drive and get it working on my computer??thanks

Answer:Have external hard drive but not being recognised

Has it been formatted? That is required to be seen in Windows. Right click and choose format FAT32 or NTFS, whichever file system you are using on your main drive.

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Sorry if this is the 2nd time it's posted but...I have a problem, the system doesn't recognise the hard disk. This is what I have done so far:Put it as slave in other computer and it worked, tried again, didn't work.Formatted main part of drive on other computer, tried again, didn't work.Formatted all the drive including Dell Utility section, tried again, didn't work.With the above 3 I tried:Using Master and Slave Cable on IDE 0, then using Master and Slave on IDE 1, tried again, didn't work.The CD drives seem to work ok as when putting a Win XP CD in, the initial screens come up but when it comes to ask installation, I press enter but yet again no hard disk can be found.It is seen on other computers, why not the Dell one? I think it's the 8200 Model.Cheers,Janusz.

Answer:Hard Drive Not Recognised By Dell

Could be a faulty cable or the cable has come loose. Try another cable and/or re seating it.

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Hello everyone,
Once again i need your help. I have an external hard drive, and a lot of data saved on it. My laptop recognises it, but i can't access it. When i go to device manager and try intialize, it says it is not ready.

Thanks for ur help

Answer:External Hard drive not recognised

Is this a small portable drive or one of the larger ones?
Does it have external power for the external enclosure?
I would also verify the wire you are using.

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Hi, for some reason my second hard drive is not always recognised - I need to reboot for it to be seen. This happens maybe once every few days.System is running XP SP3 on an Athlon 3500 processor with 2GB RAM and two SATA II hard drives. Primary hard drive is a WD 500GB which is fine. Secondary hard drive is Maxtor 320GB.The Maxtor is used as a backup for MyDocuments which are also backed up to an external drive each evening.I'd like to know if there is a way to diagnose what's going on. I've changed the SATA cable to another connector on the motherboard and it still happens on occasion. When I reboot it is again recognised. Thanks for any suggestions.

Answer:Hard drive occasionally not recognised

Try another or a bigger power supply,

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The problem is that whenever my power management settings spool down my 2 internal hard drives, (or of course, the system enters standby or hibernation), my secondary hard drive is not recognised again when I come back to my pc. I have to restart.
This has always been the case and something that I have always got around my simply not using these power saving features. Its about time that I think about my unnecessary power use and try and sort this out!
Im running XP SP3 on a custom built fairly old Athlon 64 system. The drives are both SATA1 and are 120GB for the system drive and 350GB for the secondary.

Anyone any ideas how I can either prevent this or simply restart the drive without having to reboot the pc?
 

Answer:Hard drive not recognised after standby

try auto detecting the hard drive then saving your settings in the bios menu.
 

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Recently my computer has been running very slow. I haven't recently downloaded or installed anything, it was just all of a sudden.
I ran AVG and disk defragmenter but it did not help. I have 2 hard drives. C drive which has the operating system installed on it and D drive that has all my files (music, photos, video).
Whenever I tried to open D drive it took almost a minute for it to open and it was the same for every folder on the drive.
This was happening for the last 3 or 4 days and then just before I tried to open D drive and got the error telling me that the drive wasn't formatted and asked me if i wanted to format it. I clicked no as I didn't want to lose my files by formatting and restarted the pc and now it's not showing at all in 'my computer'.
I checked the device manager and disk management and it's not showing up on that either
How can I get my computer to recognise the drive again without losing my files?
Computer is running Windows

Just got a error message saying,
Windows - Corrupt File
Exception processing message.

After some more research, I think my hard drive has died. If so, is there any way I can recover files off a dead hard drive?
 

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I have 2 hard drives in my pc. Drive C has the operating system install on it and Drive D has my personal files on it. I disconnected Drive D as I think it's about to die but when I disconnect it and then turn the pc back on, Drive C is not being recognised.
I checked the bios settings and it wasn't coming up in that either. So now I have reconnected D drive and it's recognising them again.
How can I disconnect D drive without it affecting C drive with the OP installed on it?
 

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I have just installed a new Maxtor SATA hard drive in my son's computer which runs Windows XP.When the computer boots up it recognises the drive in the BIOS but it does not appear in "My Computer" once Windows has loaded. If I go to System Properties, Device Manager, Disk Drives it is there with its serial number and it says that it is working properly. It is also listed in the Bios if I go there as the computer is booting.It does not appear to have the jumper settings on it for Master and Slave which drives I have had in the past have.What can I do to get it to appear in "My Computer"Thank you.

Answer:Hard drive Not Recognised In "My Computer"

Have you formatted it?Download the Maxblast software from Maxtor and make either a floppy or cd bootdisk and it will sort it out easily click here

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all my files become hidden. I formatted my flash drive but still hides the program. what do I do? thanks for the help

Answer:how to permanently remove kpcgrhynko.vbs file in bot flash drive and hard drive

*both. sorry for the typo

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Hello People,
A computer of mine failed and I want to reuse its single hard drive as a general purpose drive in another computer. That drive was created with three partitions: Recovery, System, and Windows. The drive is now mounted inside the second computer. (To repeat,
the second computer is configured perfectly normally with its own three-partition drive to boot from.)
The environment is:
Windows 10 Professional Version 1601 (Build 14393) 64-bit
User is an administrator
Hard drive is WDC 320 GB 2.5" attached to an add-in SCSI/SATA adapter card.
Using DiskPart I trivially deleted the System and Windows partitions from the drive I want to reuse.
However, the Recovery partition cannot be deleted. DiskPart (run from an elevated command prompt window) reports that the partition is "Hidden" and does not have a drive letter assigned. After selecting the disk and the partition to establish focus,
when I type "delete partition" I get the following error message:
   Virtual Disk Service error:
   Cannot delete a protected partition without the force protected parameter set.
I do not know what that message means. 
How can I eliminate this 13 GB partition so I can use all of the available space on the hard drive?
Thanks in advance.

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