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buffalo external hard drive showing wrong amount in properties???

Question: buffalo external hard drive showing wrong amount in properties???

I have a buffalo 500gb external HD which I use mainly as a back up for photos/docs/vids etc., I have been deleting alot of uneccessary things on it and it now contains only 47gb of material, however when I click on the properties it is still showing 270gb free of 465gb, this means that there is still 195gb of material when in fact there is only 47gb of material on it in total - how can this be?? I have unplugged the buffalo drive, left it a while and replugged it in but its still showing (in the properties of the drive) that it has 270gb free of 465gb, very odd, thanks LAPTOPDUNCE

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Answer: buffalo external hard drive showing wrong amount in properties???

Show hidden and system files click here
If there is a Recycle Bin Folder on the drive, go into it and Empty or manually delete contents.

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New one on me.
Just reformatted my 250GB WD HD and re-installed WIN XP OS 2002 and put service pack 2 on.
Only installed the essentials and a couple extras : MS Office 2007, ASUS drivers, EPSON printer drivers (with Arc Soft Print Creations), MS intellipoint for my wireless Mouse/keyboard, ATI drivers Catalyst Control Center, Firefox, KM Player and iTunes.
In my C drive properties I have 113GB Used and 119GB Free.
Ran a scan with both WinTree and JDisk Report and both show 6.5 GB being used (Windows 2.4GB, Program files 1.1GB, Files in the directory 2GB, and Documents and settings is about 1GB)
I just jumped into system properties and checked "show hidden files and folders" as well as Un-checked "Hide Protected Operating System Files"
Went into my Disk Manager to check on the partition in case I created a new one by accident. I knew I didn't cause I formatted and the C Drive NTFS Is healthy with 232.88GB.
Its a pretty simple setup
AMD 64 FX-62 Dual Core 2.8 GHz
2GB of RAM
ASUS M2A-VM HDMI Motherboard
Nothing in the PCI or AGP slots - all off the MB
I also have a 1TB Western Digital External HD hooked up into the USB with 365GB of files on it.

Any Ideas?
Thanks guys
 

Answer:Hard Drive not showing correct amount of free space in properties

113 Gb + 119GB = 232 GB, I don't see where the problem is. Are you asking why it isnt showing up as 250Gb? The manufacturers capacity is 250Gb when figure using the Decimal (Base 10) system where one Gb is 1,000,000,000 bytes. But the computer doesn't read it in Base 10, it reads it in Binary where the Gb =1,073,741,824 bytes so when you divide 250,000,000,000 by 1073741824 it equals 232.8306436538696 Gb
 

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My system properties is showing that I only have 120MB of RAM instead of the 128 I actually have. As far as I know, it isn't even possible to have 120. Does anyone know how to fix this? I'm trying to upgrade AIM and it won't let me unless I have 128MB of RAM.

Thanks

Answer:System Properties showing wrong amount of RAM

That's a pretty small amount of RAM...

... I'm willing to bet anything that old would have problems, lol.

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Hi everyone. My name is Jimmy. I'm using a lenovo 3000 n100 laptop running windows vista with SP1. Recently I noticed that my 100GB hard drive was running out of space. So I deleted nearly all my space-hogging applications and media. Windows explorer said there was still being around 70GB being used. Since I had only a few GB of documents/media and no huge programs, I suspected that this was wrong.

I proceeded to "clean up" my disk space: deleting temporary files with windows disk cleaner, running the chkdsk utility, doing a complete defrag. I deleted all but my last system restore point, deleted my hibernation files, and checked shadow copy (shadowcopy was only using about 1GB of space... not the culprit). I ran CCleaner and then full scans of Windows Defender, AVG, and Spybot S&D.

All of this freed up about 10GB, but explorer said there was still supposedly a whopping 60GB taken up on my 100GB hard disk. Highlighting and selecting the properties of all the files in C, even with hidden files & super hidden files enabled, said it was about 25GB. I also downloaded a program called JDiskReport which calculates disk usage and, affirming my suspicions, JDiskReport showed about 27GB of usage.

http://img243.imageshack.us/my.php?i...0389232mt5.jpg

So, why then the difference of 30GB between windows explorer and jdiskreport? Someone recommended that I boot from a disk or another OS and examine my C drive from there. So, I booted my laptop from WinPE on a... Read more

Answer:interesting junction problem - hard drive showing wrong amount of free disk space

H Jimmy. . .

Welcome to TSF Vista SUpport.

I know exactly what you are talking about with Vista Junctions. If an app uses hard-coded directory (folder) names from the XP era and is now running in Vista, the Junctions will take it for the ride of its life usually down to about 17 directories deep - depending on the length of the dir name.

I need to know if you are Vista x64 or x86 and was it an XP upgrade?

If you are Vista x64 and the program that you ran is an x86 app, the results are useless b/c of virtualization and 3 folder in particular that can and sometimes cannot be found within the Windows directory - \system32, \syswow64, \sysnative.

Please get me a screenshot of Disk Management -
START | type diskmgmt.msc & hit enter | be sure to expand screen so all can be seen

Also, run these commands line-by-line from an elevated Administrative command prompt ("DOS") -
START | type cmd.exe into the start search box | right-click on cmd.exe above | select Run as Administrator | the black "DOS" screen will appear | copy.paste the following (to paste - right-click at the very top of DOS screen, select Edit, select Paste) - hit enter after each if necessary:

Code:
cd\users

Code:
tree /a /f > "%userprofile%\documents\tree_users_10-30-08_a-f.txt" & start notepad "%userprofile%\documents\tree_users_10-30-08_a-f.txt"

Code:
tree /a > "%userprofile%\documents\tree_users_10-30-08_a-only.txt... Read more

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Hi can someone help please? I have a buffalo external hard drive that is recognised in system and say's drivers are working. But I can not access any files from it either through the computer or software. anyone got any ideas as to why. It was working fine up until yesterday.
 

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Hi, does anyone know of "Buffalo"s reliability? It seems my current external drive is about to give up. Its a Western Digital 'My Book' 320gb and its making odd "clicking noises".Yesterday it disappeared from 'my computer' and i eventually got it working after pulling out all the plugs and re-booting pc. The "Buffalo DriveStation" 500gb looks a good buy from Play.com for 50. Any thoughts please - Tony

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Hi all,

New to this site, so hope this is in the right place and hope you can help!

I have just purchased a 500G Buffalo external hard drive, HD-PC500U2/BK-EU. Plug it in and it is recognised by my P.C (running XP) but I cannot go any further and cannot run the DriveNavi.exe file which is on the external HD. All I get are the following error messages

The application failed to inialize properly (0xc0000006). Click OK to terminate the application.

and

F:\DriveNavi.exe
Only part of a ReadProcessMemory or WriteProcessMemory request was completed

and

F:\DriveNavi.exe is not a valid Win32 application

I have trawled the net to try to find a solution and Buffalo support are no use at all...and extremely frustrated and would appreciate any help, please

AP3
 

Answer:Buffalo External Hard drive problem-Help please!

That sounds like an autorun request for the bundled DriveNavi.exe program. And "trawled the net"? . I think you've gotta format the HDD. That might just do the trick.
 

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Hi Everyone,

I am using a Buffalo LinkStation (LS-QVL), it is configured for RAID 10 and has 4 Terabytes of capacity. I am not using anywhere near the full capacity (instead I am only using about 6%!). It has occurred to me that I should make an off-site backup of the content on the LinkStation. Toward this end I would like to backup the contents of the LinkStation to an external USB hard drive.

Can anybody tell me if it is possible to backup files from this NAS to an external hard drive? If it is possible any advice on how to set this up will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo
 

Answer:Backing up Buffalo NAS to an external hard drive

Unless your NAS has a provision to mount the external hard drive via USB and supports file transfers between the volumes, you're going to have to do this over the network with the external hard drive connected to a PC that is connected to the NAS.
 

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I am using an Asus G74series computer
 
i7 processor, 16gb RAM, 64-bit Windows 7
 
I have a 279gb hard drive and I have been attempting to free up space as there is only 30.5gb free.
 
C: Properties is telling me that I am using 248gb of space but this simply cannot be the case. I have spent quite a bit of time on forums trying to diagnose the problem (Ran Disk Cleanup, ran CCleaner, tried to Defragment, I do not use system restore or backup, my recycling bin is empty, hibernation file is relatively small, etc)
 
I ran WinDirStat to see if I could figure out why I have so much space used up and the program only displays 120.5gb of space used up on my C: drive, which begs the question where is the other 128gb of space?
 
I am relatively tech savy meaning I can usually find the answers I am looking for in forums but it is baffling to me that my C: drive says I'm using 248gb when really I am only using about 120gb. Any help would be much appreciated!
 
Thanks.

Answer:Amount of Hard Drive Space is wrong

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My computer has 2gb's of ram installed and my BIOS recognizes that I do as claimed and so does my System Information but right clicking on "My Computer" and Properties displays 256mb. Any one know a solution or what the problem is or if it will in fact affect my performance? I just formated to XP Pro from Media Center Edition which came with my laptop and had to change a BIOS setting for "enable native SATA support" for it to recognize my HD in order to format with XP Pro CD.

Answer:Wrong Ram Amount via Computer Properties

Hi

Open Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) and under the Performance tab, see what it lists under Commit Charge (K)>Limit.

You can also check in Start>Help and Support>Whats new in Windows XP>Tools (bottom left)>My Computer Information. (General Information)

Another way is Start>Run>type: msinfo32 and Enter.

Se what it losts their as the total amount of RAM picked up.

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Hi,I usually have my buffalo external hdd connected to my dell studio 15. I tried shutting down once but accidentally put it into hibernation. So after it hibernated I switched it back on, the hdd would spin up a couple of times, but as it got to the desktop it would spin down. I try to access the hdd and I can see the folders etc, when I try entering a folder such as "music" for example, the hdd would spin up, but then a message would say the folder music is unavailable. So I refresh the window, and the music folder disappears! just like that, now after the spin up, i can access the rest of the folders, but the "music" is just gone forever. Does anyone know what's going on or how I can get that folder back. It was actually the "documents" folder in my case, but music was an example.Thanks

Answer:Buffalo external hard drive and Vista Hibernation

hi again, Problem has been fixed and the files are still there! Basically used vista scan disk to fix errors option and it recovered my files. Phew....thought I'd lost it all.

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I have subject device running from Win7 64 bit.
It's decided to show capacity as 49.5Gb instead of 1Tb.
Any ideas welcomed.
Rick

Answer:Buffalo Ministation 1TB USB 2.0 Slimline Portable External Hard Drive

On the search window type Disk manage. From the options, open "Create and format hard disk partitions"
Expand the Status column so it can be readable.
Take a snapshot of the screen and upload the image.

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Can anyone tell me if the above Exteral HDD will be compatable with windows 8. It works fine with Windows 7 Premium. Thanks.

Moonshine.

Answer:Buffalo MiniStation Lite 320 Gb Portable USB 2.0 External Hard Drive..

Unlikely anyone has your specific drive. But in general, i've never seen a USB device that didn't work in Windows 8 that worked in Windows 7.

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My Buffalo external drive shows empty on window 7 pro, no previous signs of malfunction just a little slow before this incident.
when i trying to right click and check properties, after a while windows shows a message saying " data error (Cyclic redundancy check)"
It contains all my family photos for the last years, please if anyone can help me with this issue I will appreciate
thanks

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Hi everyone. I'm on a Lenovo 3000 n100 laptop with Vista. Lately I began noticing that the free disk space on my hard drive was filling up, so I deleted most of my movies and games. Now explorer shows me that I have 46GB of space free within my 106GB hard drive, and that I've used 60GB.

However, I am quite positive that I have NOT used 60GB of disk space. Highlighting all of the files in my C drive and hitting "properties" shows that they take up 25GB. I downloaded a program called JDiskReport which shows my disk usage and, as I suspected, only about 30 gigs of disk space is reported in C.

Now, I've run chkdsk and done a system defrag. I've gone into the windows disk cleaner utility and deleted most of the temporary files, including the hibernation files. I cleared all but my most recent system restore point and I also checked my shadowcopy usage in the command line (it says shadowcopy is using only about 1 gig). I ran ccleaner and have done full scans with windows defender and AVG.

Anyway, I'm all out of ideas now and I want to reclaim my 30+ GB of hard drive space! . The 60GB I'm supposedly using was actually around 75GB before I went through all of the above steps, but it still tells me I'm using twice as much disk space as I actually am. I've uploaded a picture below. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

Jimmy
http://img243.imageshack.us/my.php?image=20389232mt5.jpg
 

Answer:explorer shows the wrong amount of disk space on my hard drive

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Hi,

I have two NTFS external hard drives: "HD1" and "HD2". I was copying a folder from "HD1" to "HD2" that is nested about 6 or 7 subfolders and I get and error that says "The file name(s) would be too long for the destination folder. You can shorten the file name and try again, or try a location that has a shorter path." From reading on forums and from my experience, if I click "Skip", the file and folders are still copied to HD2. Also, I tried copying the most nested "subfolder 7" to the main folder and then dragged it to "subfolder 6" without getting an error.

Either way, it looks like both hard drive folders contain the same amount of files and folders when I manually open each folder but I noticed when right click to see the folder properties, the "Contains" item shows a different number of files and folders. Even as I was going through the nested subfolders to find discrepancies, the folder properties would say it contained 344 files but I opened the folder and it had 345 files.

Is there a Windows program that will list each folder and subfolder and show exactly how many files and folder each one contains? I'd like to make sure both hard drives contain the same files but I'm afraid of downloading some program that does this because of privacy concerns.

I hope this isn't too long and confusing. Thanks in advance for any help!
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Properties

what is your OS? I use synchtoy on my W7 box.
 

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Dear Forum,

I have enquired with a few different sources and think this is the best forum.

I am after some information as to how to change the properties of a write protected USB External Hard Disk Drive.

I am some what confused as to the information that I have been provided and do not know how to do it in plain English and if it looks correct to the professionals on here.

This was my question:

What back up would you suggest?
I also have an issue with a USB 2GB Removable Disk that is write protected how do I change that property?
I have tried connecting it to different computers and it still comes up with the same message that the external drive is write protected.
I do not know how to make a drive write protected.
I have noticed that some of the items have .xml and it was used for a back up program for Memeo that came with another USB External hard drive.
https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resi...F1CB645296!285
I also wish to know how you could gain the zip.up file.
If you require any further information, please let me know.
I am only new to computers. I would like to use the disk again, preferably not loosing any data.
Melissa

This is what I have received:

a. Click start, type in regedit in the search bar and hit enter.

b. Navigate to the following registry location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\StorageDevicePolicies

c. Click on StorageDevicePolicies and on the right-hand side there should be ... Read more

Answer:Write protection on USB External Hard Disk drive - with XML properties

Here's the easy way:
How To Enable Write Protection Of USB Devices Under Windows -

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if i go to Devices & Printers, it shows up

if i go to Computer, it doesnt

running Windows 7 thru Bootcamp on an iMac from 2009

Answer:usb Hard Drive unplugged wrong, not showing up

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hey everyone, I recently bought an HP lap i5 6200U, according to intel it suppose to be 2.80Ghz maximum but on my task manager and system properties it shows 2.40Ghz, at the same time sometimes on task manager the speed goes all the way to 2.70GHz,

Answer:system properties showing wrong GHz speed

Hi, CPU uses a technology called SpeedStep technology. It won't run its full speed if NOT required and it can bump up its normal speed when required. More information:          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpeedStep Regards.

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ok, so i just got a new laptop yesterday from ibuypower.com...its an AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile, 2.0Ghz...well, in the system properties it shows it as 803mhz...thats if i go to my computer, right click and go to properties..if i go to start, control panel and system properties through there, it shows up at 1.6Ghz...i installed a game yesterday (age of empires III) and it said requires 1.4ghz, but i only had .8ghz...well, i restarted the game and that message didnt show up...so i exited and went to my computer and then system properties...it showed it as 2.0ghz...technically, it should be 4.0ghz if its dual core tho (correct??)...i refreshed it and it went back down to 1.6ghz...whats going on there??? is there maybe a driver thats not compatible with the hardware or something??? here are my system specs:

CPU: AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-60, 2.0Ghz
RAM: 1Gb ddr2
VGA: Nvidia Geforce 7600 GO 256mb
MOBO: MSI megabook (dont kno anything else)
HDD: 60GB 7200rpm SATA 150

the model on ibuypower.com under notebooks/AMD is Battalion 101 CLX

any help is GREATLY appreciated..

Thanx,
Joe
 

Answer:processor showing up as wrong one in system properties???

Because you have a laptop w/ a mobile CPU (Turion) it will only draw as much power as needed.... therefore at idle and light usage you get the reading of 800mhz.... and that's why the game didn't give an error: 'cuz when the power is needed, the CPU steps up to what is needed. You can get more info about this from either AMD or from your laptop manufacturer.... if you notice that the CPU is not stepping up, check into a driver or BIOS update, but it shouldn't be necessary. Mobile CPU's are designed this way to conserve power comsumption, extend battery life, and to reduce any possible thermal/heat problems..... it won't show as 4.0ghz even if it's dual core; but it should show as two CPU's running at 2.0ghz. I've seen the dual core Intel chips do that. For detailed CPU info, download either CPU-Z, Crystal CPU, or CPUID (CBID??? It's the one for AMD's only: Central Brain Identifier.). All are free and can be found in the Processor download section right here at 'The Geeks'. Also look into AMD's power tool (also in the Processor section) and maybe AMD's Cool-n-Quiet driver/app.....

hopperdave2000
 

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I have a really weird situation here. I have two audio devices, speakers and headphones, both connected to my computer. The headphones use a usb and a audio slot and the speakers use only a audio slot. When I go in properties, they show up backwards. If audio is playing through my headphones, it says they are playing through the speakers. This really hasn't been much of an issue because it hasn't really effected anything but now I'm trying to optimize the settings of these devices. If I try to enable higher bass quality for my headphones under "headphones" in the audio section, it enhances it for the speakers. But for both devices there are different options to enable or disable so I can't use them on the correct device. I know what I'm saying probably doesn't make sense but let me put it like this. Under my headphones there is an option for optimizing "Headphone virtualization," but I can't actually put it to effect because it applies for my speakers (which seems to do nothing), and under my speakers I don't get that option. So basically what I'm saying is I can't optimize my audio devices because there is some sort of weird error.
 

Answer:Solved: Audio devices showing up wrong in properties.

Desktop or laptop? Which ports are each device using?
 

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I would be grateful if anyone can help me out.After my Windows 8 Asus n56vj 750gb hard drive failed I replaced it with a 1tb hdd. After carrying out a system image restoration using EaseUs To-do the new hard drive shows in File Explorer as a 750gb capacity. How can I get the increased HDD capacity to register.

Answer:Replacement hard drive showing wrong capacity in File Explorer

This is normal after a cloning. The partition needs to be expanded. If you look in disk management is there a partition after your Windows C: partition? If there is then you will need to use a third party partition manager to first move the partition after C: and then expand C:. 
 
Partition Wizard can do the job. All steps are virtual and will not complete until Apply is clicked. This lets you back out of any steps if a mistake is made.
 
If there is no partition after C: you can expand it in Disk Management by right clicking C: and selecting Extend Volume.
 
Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management?

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I would be grateful if anyone can help me out.After my Windows 8 Asus n56vj 750gb hard drive failed I replaced it with a 1tb hdd. After carrying out a system image restoration using EaseUs To-do the new hard drive shows in File Explorer as a 750gb capacity. How can I get the increased HDD capacity to register.

Answer:Replacement hard drive showing wrong capacity in File Explorer

This is normal after a cloning. The partition needs to be expanded. If you look in disk management is there a partition after your Windows C: partition? If there is then you will need to use a third party partition manager to first move the partition after C: and then expand C:. 
 
Partition Wizard can do the job. All steps are virtual and will not complete until Apply is clicked. This lets you back out of any steps if a mistake is made.
 
If there is no partition after C: you can expand it in Disk Management by right clicking C: and selecting Extend Volume.
 
Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management?

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I have a acomdata 750gb and when I plug it in and connect it to the computer... The computer recognizes it as CD drive. I used to show up in the removable disk section in my computer. I`ve tried to place the hard drive in different positions and tired restarting the computer and hard drive but nothing will work. Also Ive tried the hard drive on 2 different computers.

HOw can I fix this problem
 

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My entire life is on my external hard drive - it's supposed to be my back up. Now I have an issue with that.

I'm running XP with all updated security profiles and the latest SP. I have an external hard drive that has been working fine on this box, but recently, the computer isn't recognizing it. It gives me the whole "driver not found" scenario. But it can't find the driver anywhere on the net, my computer, or anywhere else.

It's a Western Digital hard drive, and I think it's called a Passport drive. Apparently, talking to my dad, they're ****ty little drives. Which sucks. All my music, pictures, and writing (freelance and published fiction writer) was on this drive cause I was going from one box to another.

Help! Please tell me that my data is at least salvageable!!!
 

Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up! BAD!

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Hi,
I have a 1.5 TB Western Digital External harddrive that i purchased couple of months ago, still under warranty. Last night whilst browsing my files in the external it frooze so i did a restart. I noticed that it made a funny noise (not really grinding but not sure how to describe it) it powered on (blue light turned on) but then the hard drive didn't show up in windows explorer and windows 7 re-installed the driver software. I let it install still nothing, so i went to disk management and turns out that it's not intialised! so i went intialise then it went do you want to partition by MBR or GPT, i did MBR, i got an error saying incorrect function. I went into device manager and surely the WD was there. I plugged it in my PC and same issue. I put it on the laptop again and this time it didn't show up in disk management just device manager.

I am not sure what else to do? Please help me out
 

Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up!

Call WD, see if they have any tech bulletins on that model, does not sound good.

They had a bunch of problems with 1.5 tb drives when they first came out.

I hope you had your data in more than 1 place, it may be gone on that drive.

.
 

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I'm having quite a problem here. My external hard drive (Astone - 2Tb) isn't showing up on my computer - or anybody else's. I lent it to a friend, and I believe he may have been rough with it (The base is missing 2 screws), and after receiving it back the following day, I plugged it into my laptop. It came up with "Installing device driver software" which is odd, since I've used it on there many times before. Afterward, it would flash in My Computer for a second coloured grey, then disappear. It does not appear in Safety Removal Hardware either. I've tried this on several computers, but with no difference, and the blue light still works. The problem is definitely with the Hard Drive, since thumbdrives still work fine. Reformatting isn't an option, because there are important, irreplaceable files on there. It does, however, show up in control panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers. I still can't access it though - When I right-click and go to browse files "Removable Disk (D: )" is written in grey. Is there anything you tech geniuses can do to help? I'm really getting desperate here...
 

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So, about 2-3 weeks ago I had been hooking my external hard drive up to a notebook because I was in the process of moving my desktop. Around the time that I was preparing to leave the house, the drive no longer would show up on the computer anywhere. I checked My Computer, and shortcuts that were for the drive said they couldn't find the file to open. Now, no computer will acknowledge that it is plugged in. I am using a Buffalo Ministation. The USB cord works just fine because my phone connects to the computer with no problem.

The only change that happened while I was there was that I added a name-tag thing to the top of it (the one you print out of the hand-held machine). I dunno if that is magnetic or not, but I have since removed it. Any help would be appreciated!

Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up

Anyone have any ideas?

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I have an external hard drive, which was one where i bought the case and wiring, and just put in the hard drive from an old computer of mine. It worked great for two years.

Now, whenever i hook it into my usb, it will not show up in my windows explorer. It does, however, show up in my device manager, as "USSB Mass Storage Device". This, combined with the do-DO noise my computer makes when i turn the hard drive on, i know my computer recognizes it, as there. it just wont let me see any of the files on it.

i have un and re installed it several times.

Ihave lots of pictures and such on it, and i do not want to lost them at all.

any help would be great.
 

Answer:external hard drive not showing

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Hi,

Can anyone help please? My Windows 10 updated the other day and since the update my EHD isn't showing up on my PC but I know it's there as it is showing in Device Manager and when I right click on it and go to "Properties" it tells me it's working properly, but I can't use it because it's not showing up in my Devices and Drives! I'm going round and round in circles here trying to sort it out.

I tried to update the driver but it said I had the latest one.

I uninstalled the EHD, waited a while then plugged it back in, restarted my PC and it's showing up
again in Device Manager but it's still not showing up in Devices and Drives. :-(

I don't know what else to do..it's there..but I can't' use it and the annoying thing is, many of my programs I use are on the EHD so I can't use them. :-( I use a very old graphics program which I can't get again so really need to get my EHD working.

Thanks in advance.

Pebbs



Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: AMD A6-6310 APU with AMD Radeon R4 Graphics, AMD64 Family 22 Model 48 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3512 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon(TM) R4 Graphics, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 916 GB (849 GB Free); D: 13 GB (1 GB Free);
Motherboard: HP, 2B3B
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

I have AVG Antivirus which scans daily so don't know why it's not on the list.
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Answer:External Hard Drive Not Showing Up

Have you tried to go into Device Management and change the drive letter? That works sometimes. You may want to run the hardware troubleshooter by typing Troubleshooting in the search box then following the prompts.
 

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I have an external hard drive that I have used regularly with a Windows 7 machine via esata
that does not show up when plugged into my Windows 10 notebook via USB.
I can see it under the disk management, but there is no drive letter assigned so I cannot access it.

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Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up

If there's no letter assigned to it then it's hidden. Right click on it -> Change Drive Letter.... then assign a letter for it.

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So I recently purchased and installed a new hard drive in my PS3. To do that I had to reformat my Western Digital 250 GB hard drive to FAT32 format. Ok, so that's all well and good but I then decided to take my PS3, 60 GB HD (the brand escapes me, but it's a big manufacturer of hard drives) and put it in an external hard drive enclosure. I figured that it's a perfectly good hard drive so there was no sense wasting it. Anyway, as technologically impaired as I might sound after this (which I'm really not) I feel compelled to divulge that I actually did not know that two external hard drives shouldn't be too close to each other. As soon as I put one on top of the other, the 60 GB hard drive beeped and a message popped up saying it needed reformatting. So after reformatting everything a second time, I plugged in the hard drives and the 60 GB one showed up but my 250 GB one did not. It's showing up everywhere else (disk management, device manager) but not in My Computer. So I have no access to it at all. Also, I did not need to reformat the 250 GB HD since my computer gave me no message indicating that I should. I'd rather only use reformatting as an absolute last resort since it takes HOURS but if it's necessary that I'll have to break down. Throw other options at me first though.

If I lost you in the midst of all that jumble, tell me, I'd be happy to explain further.

Answer:External hard drive not showing up

Hello!

Have you tried assigning the drive a letter in Disk Management?

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Hi everybody. I have a problem My 3TB Western Digital Hard Drive is not showing up on any PC I connect it to. The light on the drive itself is on, but no where on the PC does it register.

I am pretty sure the disks aren't spinning either, but that is probably because the computer isn't picking it up, and no vice-versa. Any help with this?

Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up anywhere

Please fill in your specs.
http://www.piriform.com/speccy
Some motherboards require that you configure the BIOS to accept larger drives (2, 3Gb>).
If you're positive that the disks aren't spinning, then that's a red flag as to why the computer doesn't see the drive.

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This drive has always shown as drive FMy digital camera was shown as GNow for some reason the drive letters have been reversed. How can this happen and is there a way to correct it?No majour problem but I would like to know how it happened.Win XP SP2

Answer:Why has my external USB hard drive showing as G

somebody may come up with the true definition of what has happened, the less informed of us say welcome to the world of computing.johnny.

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Today, my external hard drive has not appeared on my PC. It did work before I went to sleep yet when I began my PC in the next morning, it didn't show. Can you please help me how to fix this?
 

Answer:External hard drive not showing up on my PC

Hello there,

There are a lot of different reasons for an HDD to stop showing. A few things you can try are:

Try using a different USB cable, make sure it is as short as the original one, or even shorter. This is important it terms of providing enough power for the drive to function properly.

Try connecting it to different USB ports.

Try connecting it to a different PC.

Sometimes the drive can misbehave due to insufficient power even if it appears to be spinning make sure you connect the HDD directly to the USB port and not through a USB hub.

Check if you can see the HDD in Windows Device Manager and in Disk Management. Good luck.
 

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I have a western digital 2tb hard drive and I am unable to access any of the information on it. It is listed in the devices and printers, but it doesn't give me many options to do much, just view it.

I know that it works on my hp laptop, but the laptop has since crashed. I purchased a new hp desktop and this is where my troubles are.

I tried to find it in disk management, however, it is not found there either. I'm not sure what else to do to access my information.

Any ideas?

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Showing Up

Hello Trixi


Try a different USB port with the WD Ext HD power turned off. Then power it on to see if the device is found & added. Then check Disk Management.

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Hi guys, I'm having a problem with my external hard drive. It's not showing up under my computer, disk manager or device manager. I have been using it with no problem until hurricane wilma and my power was out for 5 days. When I booted up the computer it wasn't there. it only has a blinking green light usually the light is solid. I tried inserting the disk that came with the hard drive, unplugging the drive from the computer and replugging it neither has worked. I was not using the computer when I lost power. I'm running windows 2000 pro, and Que M3 external drive. Any ideas on what else I can do? Thanks, Danu
 

Answer:external hard drive now not showing up

I tried d/ling the tppinst.exe driver and rebooted computer, that is not working either. The green light is still blinking. All my cleanup utilities,firewall, antivirus, games, mp3's ect is on that E drive please help. Thanks, Danu
 

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I usually use the hard drive with the desktop, however the other day I plugged it into the laptop, it was running at the time, and was accidentally unplugged, since then it doesn't seem to be recognized in either computer. The laptop will make the noise when I plug in the external drive, and it shows up in device and printers. It does not show up in computer management though. I have tried the chkdsk, but it wont work, I am pretty sure I have the right letter, but says no volume. Please help.

Just an add on, the hard drive does light up, but does not spin. I did try installing it in the desktop, but it was not recognized when I tried that.

After awhile of being plugged in the hard drive shows up in disk managment, however when I try to Initialize it, it says I/O Error

Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up.

Hello jimithing33 ,

Getting an I/o error usually isn't a good sign as often it's related to failed hardware. I guess you already tried using different USB port and cable. What model is this HDD? Is it power fed through the USB cable? You could run the manufacturer’s diagnostics tool to see if it will detect it.

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Hello SEVEN FORUMS,
Im here to write an HELP thread for my external hard drive.
Well first off its a SeaGate 250GB Hard-drive (USB) i plug it into the USB port with cable and the light comes on saying its connected.
I go onto my computer and nothing comes up? Its not in My Computer or anything.
DO i need to Do Something Thanks?

PS: im on Windows 7 Home Premium - 64-Bit

CHEERS

Answer:External Hard-Drive Not Showing Up

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
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Screenshot tools.
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bought a 320GB int. Drive to replace the 40GB internal i use in an enclosure.The 40GB is set to MASTER & i did the same to the 320GB i can hear the the system make that familar sound when you plug a USB device but don't see the drive.When i unplug the USB i could hear that sound again.This is a brand new HD strait out of the static free bag.Please help...

Rgds.

John
 

Answer:New external hard drive not showing

The new external drive needs to be formatted. With the external drive connected, Right-click on My Computer and select "manage" disk management, and right-click on the external drive in the list and select format
 

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I have an external hard drive that I have used regularly with a Windows 7 machine via esata
that does not show up when plugged into my Windows 10 notebook via USB.
I can see it under the disk management, but there is no drive letter assigned so I cannot access it.

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Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up

If there's no letter assigned to it then it's hidden. Right click on it -> Change Drive Letter.... then assign a letter for it.

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I have an external hard drive that I have used regularly with a Windows 7 machine via esata
that does not show up when plugged into my Windows 10 notebook via USB.
I can see it under the disk management, but there is no drive letter assigned so I cannot access it.

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Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up

If there's no letter assigned to it then it's hidden. Right click on it -> Change Drive Letter.... then assign a letter for it.

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My WD external harddrive will not show up on my macbook pro and I just bought it. I want to format it but as I said it doesn't show up, even when I go to disk utilities. The harddrive does show up on my windows. What to do?
 

Answer:WD external hard drive not showing up on Mac

http://support.wdc.com/product/install.asp?wdc_lang=en
 

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I have a Samsung s2 1tb external hard drive.

Today when I hooked it up to my laptop it would not load. It will shows local F drive when it usually will say samsung Drive.

A pop up box will then appear stating "you need to format drive"

I know if I reformat it I will lose all my data which I will not do.

When I look in device manager it states that the external hard drive is installed.

I attempted to go through start menu and type cmd then F: and it states "The volume does not recognize this system file. Please make sure all required system drivers are loaded and the volume is not corrupted."

PLEASE HELP I DONT WANT TO LOSE ALL MY FILES

Answer:Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive

With the external drive connected, Go to Disk Management (Start > type: "computer" > click on Computer Management > click on Disk Management)

Determine which disk is the external drive.
If the external drive shows here as a healthy volume, Right click on the large box to the right of the "Disk 1" / "Disk 2" lable and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

If there is nothing but a grey box or "Unallocated Space" next to the disk number then Right click on the disk number (the box) and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

Change the drive letter to anything else > OK.

If you can't do any of the above post back. If you can post a screen shot of the Disk Management window that can help.
Do not initialize the disk or format it or you will lose your data.

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Good day everyone.

I have 500gb Buffalo HD and the problem is that when I plug it in my laptop it makes a clicking noise then after a while the noise stop. And also it does not appear in Computer,it was only appearing in the control panel. I tried disk management and other software to retrieve and solve this but it doesnt work. Can I still recover my file without going to retrieval company? can I still save my hard disk and use it again? thanks
 

Answer:Buffalo external hard disk problem

Doesn't sound like it. Sounds like you are hosed. Suppose you could try the freezer trick, although I've never seen it work.
 

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i'm using windows 7, my external hard drive shows up in my devices and printers section but it won't show up as a drive, so i can't view any files in that external hard drive. if i put a memory card in, it shows up as a drive and a flag shows up for when i want to unplug that drive and it asks if i want to remove my external hard drive too.

normally when i turn on the external hard drive it autoplays but it doesn't do that anymore.

i don't understand why it shows up in my devices and printers but not as a drive when i open windows explorer.

i've looked into the external hard drives properties and it all says that the device is working properly.

Answer:problem with external hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Go into Control Panel (classic view) ---> Administrative Tools ---> Computer Management ---> Disk Management.

In bottom-right pane, if you see a horizontal band representing a drive with no drive-letter assigned to it, that's the cause of your problem. You need to give it a drive-letter:

Right-click that horizontal band and choose "Change drive letter and paths".

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Hi all, I purchased a external drive to back up files on our desktop and laptops. I am looking for easy way to do this, do I do all files or do I have to go into all of them one at a time. I say this because one laptop is my daughters, can I just send all her pic and music files all at once. Our main computer(desktop)is windows vista, everyday it's getting louder and louder and each morning its shows a message says configuring and it's like counting down. This takes long time. I looked at the space left. It shows space available on (c) and on d it's full which is recovery so I don't have a clue how files got on there. My hubby doesn't know much about even getting on computer, but when he does it seems something goes wrong. I want to clean up and get rid of files so my son who's 11 can use it for games. It's so slow and I don't want to delete wrong things.  From reading here and just knowing not to delete recovery. How do I clear out space on D...I tried opening some files on it but they all seem to do with the windows system. What can I do with my desktop ?And is it possible to clear out all files from laptop...it is about 5 yrs old...and she has alot of music and pics on there..just wondering if it's worth time to clean out the files. It takes forever to get online and when we do its so slow. Hope I'm not sounding to confusing.any suggestionstygreat site so far

Answer:need help with using external hard drive also my recovery drive(d)showing full?

Welcome!Computer Hope is the number one location for free computer help. The forum will help everyone with all computer questions. You have presented more that one issue. The forum will help you, but some detail is needed. What OS are you using?  What make and model of eternal drive do you use?The proper way to remove programs is in the con control  panel. But Music and pictures files can be copied to a CD-R or DVD-R and removed from the computer. The external drive can also be used to transport files from on PC to another. But using DVD-R or CD-R is preferable. The best use of an external drive is to make a backup of the operating system and programs.Avoid putting files on the recovery partition.

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Okay so I just installed Win 8 last night and everything seemed fine before I turned off the computer. Now, I'm a student and I work a lot from my USB/HD. I have both my usb and HD connected to the computer but the computer doesn't read them now. Its as though the aren't even connected please someone help me I depend deeply on these drives!

By the way thank you for reading and/or helping me!

Answer:Can't read my USB or External hard drive what's wrong?

Hello, Michi89. Welcome to EightForums.

I take it the HD is an external drive? USB?

They don't work on reboot? Can't see them in File Explorer? Can you see them in the Device Manager?

Please post your machine specs.

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i am so sorry if i said anything wrong... and i apologize for re-posting, i just really need help... i know you all work so hard, i'm sorry to bother you, but i'm hoping someone will be able to help me...

my 3mo. old used simpletech 320gb ext hd w/ replacement mini b to dual male usb cable ...i have committed some sins like, leaving it plugged in for long periods of time or accidentally pulling out the cord (and i want to mention that the other day after that happened, i could hear, very faintly, like the drive was skipping a little ...and i could not internally stop the drive and had to disconnect it once more to make its blue light go off) - but after that i plugged it in and it seemed to work okay still...) and, now the mini b connection (which i think stayed in place before) is now so fragile that, literally if i barely breathe while resting the drive on my lap (w/ my laptop) the drive will no longer be recognized by my computer... i have to be PERFECTLY still, i can barely get in to look at my files before it happens again...

do you think i should try a new cable, or duct taping the mini b (not too firmly though, because pushing the plug also makes it disconnect) in place ...or do you think i physically damaged the mini b port when the cord accidentally pulled out? ...do you think my files are toast?

i know you all work so hard and might not have time to help me but, thank you so much to anyone who took the time to read this...........................
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Answer:external hard drive problem ...did i say something wrong? please help...

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I have a Toshiba 2.5 inch hard drive, MK1253GSX HDD2H04 F VL01 S. I went to Toshiba's web site to see what model External Hard Drive Enclosure would fit it, the site suggested STAR TECH SAT2510 BU2E, which was on their site. I purchased it from some where for a better price. My problem is that the female part of the enclosure where the hard drive is supposed to plug in, isn't even close to fitting. The pins on the hard drive look to be about twice the size of where they are supposed to plug in, and don't align any way. Does anyone know what enclosure does fit the hard drive mentioned above. I had to order it online, because I couldn't find anyone that carried them in stock, and I don't want to just take a shot in the dark and end up with another one that doesn't fit. Any help will be greatly appreciated!
 

Answer:Wrong External Hard Drive Enclosure / Help!

That appears to be a Toshiba 2.5in 128GB SATA3.0 drive.

The enclosure (the one recommended) appears to be this one: http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-2-5in-Black-External-Enclosure/dp/B0017XX1IW ...and should work with that HDD. Are you sure the one you received is the EXACT same model? It's not uncommon for different models to have similar parts numbers.
 

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My operating system is Windows 7 32 bit Home Premium.

I have a Buffalo external hard disk drive which I use for backup.

The computer "Properties" for this drive defaults to:
ATAPI DVD/CD-ROM and
Authenticated Users.

I am unable to re-set the "Properties" to the desired:
Buffalo HDD USB drive and
Administrator

How can I override the computer default and set the correct "Properties"?

Answer:Wrong Designation for External Hard Drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by ColMac


My operating system is Windows 7 32 bit Home Premium.

I have a Buffalo external hard disk drive which I use for backup.

The computer "Properties" for this drive defaults to:
ATAPI DVD/CD-ROM and
Authenticated Users.

I am unable to re-set the "Properties" to the desired:
Buffalo HDD USB drive and
Administrator

How can I override the computer default and set the correct "Properties"?


Are you able to access the device alright or is that a problem as well?

Thanks

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Hi,Ihave just received a freecom usb 500gb external hard drive,as my pc uses win xp along with file system ntfs,the new drive however is formatted with fat32, how to I convert to ntfs form easily and will not loose any required information to make drivework okthanks bods

Answer:EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE WRONG FORMAT

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First, I apologize if this question has been posted before but I tried searching on this site for the answer but didn't seem to find one. Here is my problem. I have a Toshiba Satellite A200 laptop running Vista Home Premium which has been giving me problems since the day I purchased it. After many calls to Toshiba and taking it back to the store of purchase, the only answer I get is: Format it! So after creating the recovery cds I have to back up bazillions of files. My brother is letting me use his hard drive which is in a SSK USB enclosure. Unfortunately I do not know the make of the hard drive in the enclosure and he is away so I cannot ask him. Here is the problem:
1. I plug it into the USB port and the laptop makes the sound of finding new hardware and the little icon appears saying "safely remove hardware"
2. I click on My Computer and the hard drive is no where to be found
3. I clicked on Device Manager and I can see it under USB Mass Storage Device
4. I go to Disk Management and I can see it as Disk 1 Unknown Not Initialized

I have never connected an external hard drive before so I'm a little scared to Initialize it because I know my brother has lots of files already stored on it and I do not want to erase them. I know he did have it connected to his Mac pc and his Macbook so i'm not sure if this is what is causing the problem. All I want to do is backup my files so I can format this laptop that is causing me such frustration!

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Answer:External hard drive not showing up on laptop

If the drive is formatted to use on a MAC then you will not be able yo use it on an IBM machine.
It will probably be better if you got your own external drive
 

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i have a seagate backup plus 5 tb drive that's around 3 months old and has worked fine up until now. something happened, no idea what, but now it shows almost no free space. the drive is completely empty, and it only has 236 kb of available drive space. i've looked in disk management and everything looks fine there. all 4600 gb is showing up. when i try adding a file over 236 kb, it says there's not enough space. formatting the drive didn't help. currently using fat, but i tried formatting ntfs and it said windows was unable to complete the format. anyone got any suggestions?
 

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When I plugged my WD External Hard Drive into my laptop, it asked me to format the disk before using. So I tried to format but failed. Then I used KillDisk to kill it.

Now whenever I plug the external drive into my laptop or desktop, it is not showing up in My Computer but its light still flashes. Can someone please help me out? How can I make it work again?

Many thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Solved: External hard drive not showing up

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Hey there. I have an issue with my Toshiba External Hard Drive not showing up on my new PC. Shows up just fine on my old PC, but doesn't so much as show up in drive management on my new pc. The only real difference between the two systems being the new PC is much faster, and it has 3.0 USB hubs instead of 2.0 USB hubs... I'm about 98% the files are there, the new PC just isn't picking it up. I'll note, though I don't know how much it has to do with anything, my drive when plugged into my old PC will show as a white light and blink white, where on my new PC it is a solid blue color and doesn't flash. And again, on my new PC, doesn't even register or show up as a partition. I will also note, every other USB item I've plugged into the same USB port functions (mouse, keyboard, speakers, thumb drives) and I've tried multiple other ports. It isn't the kind that requires an external power source (just like a giant thumb drive). It has 500 GB's total, and had about 700mb or so free last I had it open on my old PC. This is a link to the same make and model as mine. https://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Canvio-Portable-Hard-Drive/dp/B005J7YA64?th=1Any ideas on how to access my stuff on my new PC? 

Answer:Toshiba External Hard Drive not showing on new PC?

Do you have any thumb drives to test on this USB port to see if its a bad port on new computer? It could be possible for 2 of 4 wires to make connection to power the drive but no data communication on the other 2 wires. If other data devices such as a thumb drive work fine then it is likely a driver issue where the controller in the external hard drive Windows doesnt have the proper driver to mount this drive.Solutions to gain access to your data at the new computer are:- Locate the driver needed for Toshiba External USB drive support for your OS and install it so it knows how to mount this drive on new PC.- Move the hard drive inside to a different external drive caddy that the newer OS supports the drivers for- Remove the HDD from the Toshiba external case and mount it direct to a SATA Data and Power connection to a desktop computer- Connect to the old computer through a network share, and have this older computer connected to the Toshiba external drive and then from newer computer access the data on the Toshiba drive through the network share with new computer connected over network to old computer. Old computer has no problems with driver support to mount this drive and so you have access to the data.- Use a newer external hard drive that new computer can use, connect this to old computer and copy entire drive from old drive to new drive and now you have it accessible on new computer.- Connect Toshiba drive to old computer and connect a say 64GB USB stick to the old compu... Read more

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I bought an external drive about 2 months ago, got it set up with a new partition using disk management. it worked fine, as of today for some reason it stopped working (stopped showing up in my computer, explorer, as well as disk management) im not sure what to do at this point. i have already uninstalled the drivers, plugged in the USB that connects to my external, and it updated automatically, so im guessing its not the drives/USB ports. it says everything is installed and ready to use yet i can not see the drive in my computer or disk management? any suggestions would be great...thanks

Answer:External Hard drive not showing up anymore???

First of all, test the drive in a different computer to see if it is the drive's fault or the computer's.

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I have a internal western digital drive mounted in an external caddy. its not showing in Disk Drives in device manager but is showing under universal serial bus controllers as Cypress AT2LP. Its an IDE type drive and I have moved the jumper settings around but still cant get it recognised in 'My Computer'.
Anyone come across this before. Help appreciated

Answer:external hard drive not showing in 'My Computer'

I also had this problem and found that the only solution was to 'flash' the EEPROM.
It was a very simple process which may require several re-boots and it does work.
Try here:
cypress

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My external usb hard drive was connected to a pc which crashed. On rebooting and trying to use the drive it tells me it is not formatted. Do you know anyway to recover the data? It was my main backup and contains a friends itunes collection and guess what his pc has died. I can only assume that the mbr has been garbled but know no way of getting in to rewrite it. It is a Maxtor 320GB. Any suggestions gratefully received. Thanks in advance.

Answer:External usb hard drive showing as unformatted

Don't know whether this may help click here but worth a read.

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HELP!!!

I have a 500gb external hard drive which, up until a few days ago, was working absolutely fine.

When I would plug it in to my laptop the device was found under 'my computer'.but would not open. Instead when I tried to open it my computer froze and the 'not responding' message was shown, resulting in a forced close of my computer. Now when I attach the hard drive and open 'my computer' the hard drive does not show at all, but 'my computer' still shows the message 'not responding', resulting in a forced close.

I've been on to a couple of forums already and tried the route of right clicking 'my computer', 'manage' and 'disk management'; but the hard drive does not appear there.

I'm at a total loss what to do and would massively appreciate your help as I have backed up company data on to this hard drive.

Thank you in advance!
 

Answer:External hard drive not showing in My Computer

Hey pcrquals. I would try the drive in another pc to narrow down where the problem is, a problem with the drive itself, or a problem with the pc recognizing the drive, which might be a problem with the USB port(s) or with the USB drivers. Does another USB device like a flashdrive work when plugged into the same port?
 

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Okay, so this is the first time I have ever used a usb connection for my sata 3.5" hard drive and I need some help, I plugged it in drivers installed fine and then I went to my computer to see if I can find it, no such luck. So I was wondering if you guys could help.
Pictures in case you need them.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up in My computer

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i have a 500G ext hard drive that doesnt appear in my computer, OS Vista, i had registry files that made my disk drive disappear from my computer (upperfilters and lowerfilters) so before deleting i was asked to back up the registry files and mistakenly backed up on ext hard drive and not desktop, in this light disk drive reappeared and ext drive disappeared, i have tried to go in regedit, but to no avail can some one help on how i can find and locate the backed up registry and delete to view my harddrive. thanx
 

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My External hard drive that worked well with WIndows 8.1, does not appear on "This PC" after I upgraded to windows 10 (Dell Inspiron) . Upon connecting the USB plug, I hear rge right sound, and the device manager shows an icon with the comment "V:I product string, Driver error". What do I do next?

Answer:My External hard drive worked with WIn 8.1, but not showing with Win 10, why?

With the device plugged in, check windows update.
Also what is the model of the hard drive? Have you checked the manufacturer website for a firmware update?

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Recently I removed my external hard drive from my computer to use it with my laptop.  Since hooking it back up to my desk top it no longer shows up on the Task Bar and I don't know whether I should remove it from the UBS cable without being able to click on an Icon in the Task Bar letting me know it is OK to remove it without dire consequences.  Does anyone out there have any idea how I can get the Icon back that shows removable hardware on the TaskBar?  The external hard drive seems to be working just fine.

Answer:External Hard drive not showing up on Taskbar

Try this...http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htmLine 5

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Hi, I have a USB3 1TB WD Elements external hard drive which has stopped responding.
I was using it with the laptop sorting out files I'd backed up ready to put back onto my laptop after a 'return to factory settings'. It worked no problem.

Then I attached it to my TV to watch some stored films from it. At first the logo's showed and it tried to play some then just became unresponsive and was not even recognised as being attached to the TV. The light came on the hard drive as if it was working. We are travelling in a motorhome, and during this time the 12 volt power consumption acted as if a film was playing. There was ample power available.

When I attached it back onto my laptop it made the usual noise indicating that a USB device had been attached and the lights came on the hard drive, but it does not show up in Windows Explorer.
The first few times I got the green usb logo bottom right task bar, and it showed there as being attached when I click to remove a device. Now it does not seem to get the green usb logo even.

It makes the usual sounds when attached and detached.

I have tried 2 different laptops with same results.

I know there were some files on the hard drive when I got it. One was for a software trial and a couple of others. If I have deleted these accidentally, could that have caused the problem?

All my back up stuff is on there, so please can anyone help?

Thanks, Jan
 

Answer:external hard drive not showing contents

Hi, just some extra information in case it helps.

I have tried using it on my Asus Eee Shell series 1001PX notebook and my Acer Aspire 5542g laptop.

I have looked in Device Manager where it shows up and says it is working properly. Under volumes there is no information given against all the titles disc; type; status etc.

Hope this helps

Jan
 

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Hi,

I have 3 external hard drives from old laptops. I purchased a refurbished Dell Desktop PC 18 months ago. I've never had to use my old drives with it, until now... and they don't seem to show up anywhere and I can't access the data. Can anyone help please? Thankyou
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Showing On Desktop PC :(

are these all connected via a USB
sounds like a PC issue if ALL three are not seen
What windows version do you have on the new PC
and what Windows version was on the PC you use to copy the drives

Are they in a case - does the case need power , is that working on all three drives?
 

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300HQ CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 94 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 12186 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 530, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 953299 MB, Free - 873133 MB;
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Answer:Help External Hard drive not showing up Windows 10

I've removed the poll, as it did not pertain to this thread. Also, you are going to have to give us more info, such as the make/model of the external drive, has it ever worked, size of it, error messages (if any), etc.

thanks,

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Answer:external hard drive not showing on computer

What power source, what kind of PC?

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I am having an issue with a Seagate external USB hard drive that I have connected to my Windows 7 PC. It is powered on when I start my computer. When I go to "my computer" to look for the drive, it is not there. I disconnect power to the drive and hear the Windows hardware disconnect sound, leading me to believe that Windows did acknowledge that is was indeed connected. I plug the hard drive back in and suddenly the drive shows up and all is well. Why is this happening and what can I do to make it work normally?

I'll also add that when I start my computer with the drive turned off, when I do power up the drive...nothing. It only seems to work when the drive is on when Windows is started. Any ideas?

Thanks,
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I have had a WD Hard drive connected to my computer for over a year and since added a second one in a 'firewire' daisy chain. The original is a 250G and the new one is a 500G. BOTH have been working for months but, on occasion, one or the other "disappears".

In the past I have restarted my computer and it shows up but, that is not happening this time. Oddly enough the one that is NOT showing up is the original 250G HD. My computer recognizes the 500G that is 'daisy chained' to it but NOT the original 250G.

How does this happen? Can I prevent this in the future? And...more importantly ... how can I fix this??

Thank you for any help you can provide
 

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I have a 1TB external hard disk from Transcend.
I had 4 drives in it with one has BITLOCKER enabled. I was trying to make a drive bootable. But something went wrong and the system hanged up.
Now only 1 drive of the 4 is being shown in the computer.
The disk management shows only one drive with the whole 931gb while the computer is showing the same with the memory i allocated(201gb) to it with all the data.
Drive Letters are getting assigned to other 3 drives, and while trying to access them using DOS, it says "THE DEVICE IS NOT READY".
chkdsk cant find any error, tried some other tools to but no progress.
Please suggest what can fix the problem. Formatting the whole drive and then retrieving data can do, but the most important data are encrypted. Please Help

Answer:External Hard drive not showing all the drives

For the first part, have you thought about using a linux live cd or dvd to access your hdd's contents and pull out what you need and put them somewhere safe ?
Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer - How-To Geek

Ubuntu is one way of doing it, I prefer suse v11 or higher to get anything done majorly with hdd disk problems.
Next, you might want to take your external hdd and partition them into 3 parts that you need for whatever your doing.
If not, just give it a 1 hour long format using NTFS, check the drive for errors and finish up with it.
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my external hard drive is not showing in my computer even though the computer recognizes it !! I want to see it again but without having to delete everything on it, cause they are pretty important !! PLEASE HELP !!

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my external hard drive is not showing in my computer even though the computer recognizes it !! I want to see it again but without having to delete everything on it, cause they are pretty important !! PLEASE HELP !!

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I have a 1.5TB WD external hard drive. It was running extremely slow so i ran a defrag and it fixed it. But it also has a mac partition on it so i ran the repair disk thing for mac in disk utility.
However my mac is a laptop so it ran out of battery part way through the operation. Now when i plug it in it both the mac and PC it is not picked up in explorer and Disk management (under computer management).

So no partitions show up in either finder on mac or explorer on windows

Edit: When i connect the hard drive it has a flashing light on it like it normally does when it connecting to pc just before it shows up in explorer. It has been flashing like this for hours as it has been plugged into pc this whole time. when it connects and shows up in explorer and is not in use that light normally stays solid
 

Answer:Need help with a external hard drive not showing up in explorer

I'd start with test disk:
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
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FWIW: I have Ubuntu on my Netbook. If I start a lengthy operation like defrag on battery, it will ask me if I really want to do that. I've run into a number of prompts like that, and it makes me wonder why Windows never figured that out.
 

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Hi,

I've looked at various threads and still cannot solve this issue.

My Seagate Portable Drive seems to work as the green light comes on.

Screen shot of my Disk Management below. Am I missing something?

Other solutions have been to right click and assign a drive, but those listed below other that the C: don't allow.

Using OS Windows 8.1
Any help appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:External Hard Drive not showing on my laptop

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

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I've attched my 160gb external hard rive to my laptop and it shows up in the device manager under disk drives and USB but does not show on my computer and is unusable.

I've attached it to my PC and it works fine???

Help
 

Answer:External hard drive not showing in my computer

It depends on your operating system. From past experience XP has no problem, older versions of windows need the correct driver and win95 early version wont see it at all.

Hope that helps. Rik.
 

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I have put an hard drive into a hard drive enclosure. I double checked this was working by plugging it in as a slave in my pc. It showed up and I formatted it to ntfs. It does not show up in my computer only in device manager as a usb mass storage device, it says that this device is working properly. Its also plugged in by usb to the rear of my pc.
Please help otherwise this is going in the bin
 

Answer:Solved: New external hard drive not showing up

Set jumpers to master.
 

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Hi guys,
I bought a brand new buffalo ministation 500gb hard drive,plugged it into my laptop and everything as working fine.It was recognised in my computer and i proceeded to transfer a file from another external hard drive onto it.This caused my laptop to freeze,so i removed my new hard drive and so the problems began
The hard drive shows up in device manager and disc management but not in my computer
In disc management,it is under Disc 2,offline and not initialised and is unallocated.
When i try and initialize or right click offline i get the message "I/O device error"

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as it is very frustrating

I have tried different USB ports and USB cables to no avail
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Showing On My Computer

"i get the message "I/O device error"

That almost certainly indicates that the drive in question is faulty. It's by no means unheard of for a new drive to be faulty.
 

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May be posting in wrong part of the forum, forgive me if I am.

Unfortunately, I have another issue. I just hooked up my external hard drive, which has some of my backed up information on it before I went and reformatted my computer.

However, even though it says that the hard drive is hooked up to the computer, I am unable to actually find it under my computer.

I stopped messing with it due to the fact that I have pictures on this hard drive and much more. I do not want to lose them. I need to take some time out of my day and actually burn these images onto discs so that way I don't lose them completely.

Any suggestions as to why the external hard drive is not showing up under my computer?
 

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I have an external Iomega 320 gig hard drive (FAT32) however only 298 gigs is showing in Windows(XP), Belarc shows 320 gigs. Why does Win only show 298gigs?

Answer:External hard drive only showing 298 gigs

The drive is correct, Windows way of size is different to manufactures

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Hi....

I have a Buffalo 120 GB external Hard Disk that i connect to my HP Compaq Pressario M2000. It has been with me since 2 yrs. It was always fine, except for not being recognised a few months ago....it came back all by itself. So i was fine. I have a lot of data in it which is very important. So please give me any option other than formatting it.

When i rightclick on my My Computer and go to Manage > Disk Management and it shows me my Drive as F: 111.78 GB Healthy (Active).
But it does not display the name that i have given it (Rockin Ram) and when i try opening it, it says " F: is not acessible " The file drive is corrupted and unreadable ".

I have an internet connection with unlimited download, so please let me know if i need to download some software or install anything to repair it. I will do it, but please help me with this issue.
I believe you coz my previous problem was solved by you people !
 

Answer:My Buffalo 120 GB External Hard Disk recognised, but not responding!

The drive could have failed. Try to plug it into another pc if you have another one.
 

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Hi,I have an external USB Buffalo hard disk attached to my Lenovo E73 W7 Pro PC.If i boot with it connected then the PC won't boot through to Windows until i disconnect the Buffalo.I have been into the Bios and set the boot order to not only styart with the HD but also ignore USB and CD ROM.Interestingly before i changed the Bios it would stop the boot and when i disconnected the Buffalo i would get the option to go the bios; now that i have changed the bios although it still doesn't boot through to Windows, when i disconnect the Buffalo the Windows spalsh screen appears immediately. So..My thoughts are that the bios change has been a good thing and now there is a Windows option that needs to be changed to make it boot to Windows ignoring the Buffalo until it has started. Has anyone any advice please? Cheers,Simon  

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i have a freecom external hard drive. it was working fine until one day it decided to stop working.

this light on the drive lights up but i can't hear anything working inside it. and now it won't show up as a drive when i open windows explorer.

please help?

Answer:External hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Hi have you tried it in another computer to see if it works there

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Hello!
I was trying the Bitlocker on my WD My Passport Portable last night. It was already encrypting when all of a sudden it went error. Now I can't access my hard drive. How do I solve this?

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Answer:Used wrong power supply for external hard drive...

WWWWWWWWhy would do something like that you just cooked your harddrive???

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I am using Windows XP SP3.

My external hard drive isn't showing up in windows explorer. It does show up in the disk manager and it says healthy.

I have tried changing the drive letter and that didn't work. I have also tried plugging it into a different usb port.

It has never done this before. What is going on?

Answer:External hard drive not showing up in windows explorer

Post the data reflected in Disk Management for this drive, please.

Both from the upper and lower levels of the Disk Management screen.

Louis

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Hi all,
I am at my wits end.
I stupidly relied on my Western Digital external to back up all my photography, and today its not showing in My Computer.

When I go to 'manage drives' it shows but is unassigned and when I right click there is no option to assign a letter to the drive. I should point out it does show in device manager.

I tried unplugging it, putting it in a different USB port and also tried it on my lap top and its not showing.

After reading a couple of suggestions I tried a programme called Partition Find and Mount, I didnt know what I was doing but it found the drive and asked me to mount it. I changed the drive letter and after a while it showed the contents in Windows Explorer, which leads me to believe that my stuff is recoverable (I pray).

Can anyone tell me how to get my drive to be recognised again?

Please!!
Thanks,
Al
 

Answer:External hard drive suddenly not showing and unassigned

Have you tried using it in another computer?
 

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I am using a desktop PC running Windows Vista.I generally store very little information on my internal hard drive and therefore usually use one of several external hard drives. Currently, one of my hard drives is giving me an annoying issue. Whenever I plug it into the USB adaptor, the computer will recognize it and it works correctly. However, if I disconnect it, and then come back later and connect it again, the computer will only recognize the virtual CD and not the actual drive. Meaning, it does not show the drive letter under "My Computer" or disk management. It only shows the virtual CD.  I can fix this by completely rebooting my computer, but this is pretty frustrating.All of my other hard drives work and I can connect and disconnect them freely without this problem. This only occurs with one specific external drive.1> Plug in, works fine, recognizes drive and virtual CD.2> Unplug, come back and plug back in, only Virtual CD shows.3> No drive under "My computer" or Disk Management, only the virtual CD (which I don't use).4> Other external drives do not give me this issue. Also, this Ext. ED is a black WD portal type. It runs off USB power. My other hard drives are the same type and work fine.Any help would be appreciated. I will be unavailable to reply for approx. 45-50minutes after posting this, but will get back soon after.Thanks.

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Showing Up after Disconnect/Reconnect

IMHO its not the fault of the external HDD...it's the virtual drive software...What app is it that created it ?Check their Docs for troubleshooting issues.Meanwhile re-boot and get the external fully recognised.From Disk Management give the external HDD a Volume Label...Then rite clik it and assign it a drive letter at least 2 letters away from the virtual drive.Save changes exit and re-boot and you should be good to go...

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I am having a strange problem with my external hard drive for my backups. When I plug the drive in, it does not show up in Windows Explorer. I can make it show up by going into disk management and assigning it a drive letter, but the next time I plug it in, I have the same problem again. Any ideas why this might be occurring?
Edit: Turns out this is not limited to my backup drive. Once I assign a letter, the drives work fine. They will even keep the letter if I eject them and re-insert the USB connection, but any external media I plug in fails to assign a drive letter automatically the first time it is plugged in. While I do not see this as a huge problem, it bothers me that Windows is not working as it used to nor as it should.

Edit2: After reading some of the related forums, I realize I should be clear about a couple things. I am having this problem with drives that have already had their drivers installed in Windows. I do not get a dialog saying that Windows is installing these devices because the devices have already been installed. For some reason, their volume letter has been forgotten by Windows and I have to re-assign it. I am being careful not to use the same letter more than once. I am plugging the drives in while Windows is already running.
Any help would be greatly appreciated so that Windows will automatically assign a drive letter to a device instead of me having to manually do it when Windows forgets what letter it had assigned.

Answer:External hard drive not showing up in Windows Explorer

Windows 7 x64 Quit Assigning Drive Letters Automatically helped me solve my problem. Ran an Elevated Command Prompt and typed the following commands.mountvol.exe /n
mountvol.exe /eGuess it just needed to be reset by disabling auto mounting and re-enabling it.

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I have a 1.5TB external hard drive connected to my computer running Windows 7 via USB. It is on and connected when I start my computer, however, it does not show up in Explorer and is not accessible. So I power it off. I know the computer "sees" it in some sense because I hear the windows disconnect sound when I turn it off. I wait a few seconds and then turn it on, and now it shows up and works. This only happens with 1 of my external drives and not with the other 5 I have on my computer. Can anybody shed some light on this?

Thanks!
Kevin
 

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I've been trying to fix it for over 10 days now, and I tried lots of things but nothing seems to work , so I hope that you can help me.    System Info (If Needed):-   - Operation System: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-Bit).    - Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth P67  (1 PCI, 3 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR3 DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394).    - CPU: QuadCore Intel Core i7-2600K, 3500 MHz (35 x 100).    - Memory: 8168 MB  (DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM).    - Disk Drive: WDC WD20EARS-00J99B0  (2000 GB, SATA-II).    - GPU: ATI Radeon? HD 5770    - USB 2.0: 8 Ports.    - USB 3.0: 2 Ports.    Problem:-    My external hard drive stopped showing up in My Computer, but it was working fine before.    Possible Causes:-    1-   I think "And I'm NOT Sure" this happened after I Unplugged it without   using "Safely Remove Hardware", I'm Totally aware that unplugging it   while it's in use could damage it, but when I tried to "Safely Remove   It" it told me "Windows can't stop your device Because a program is   still using it", and I was in a hurry, so I unplugged it without using   "Safely Remove Hardware".      2- Few Days before it stop working, it was getting slower and sometimes it hangs.    Extern... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive Stopped Showing Up In My Computer

Welcome!Computer Hope is the number one location for free computer help. The forum will help everyone with all computer questions. You have done a great job of everything possible to tray and read that drive.I can't think of anything more at this point. but just wait, some of the experts here will come in with some ideas. Are you in North America or Europe?

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