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Suff O'Cate Jul 24, 2006, 10:08pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i bought this http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817182034 hd and it detects the hd, but when it wont show up in the my computer nor disk management (no letter drive) so i went to best buys and bought this http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=6991605&type...9392683637 . it detects the hd and it wont show the hard drive(same problem as above). now am just wondrin, it could be my laptop. i installed the driver and everything too ne ideas?


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Intel Core Duo T2400 (1.83Ghz, 2Mb L2, 667Mhz FSB)
2X1Gb DDR2 PC5300 667Mhz
GeForce Go 7900GTX 512Mb GDDR3
80Gb SATA 5400rpm
17" WXGA
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Lars Jensen Jul 25, 2006, 05:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: external HD wont show up
You say the device actually shows in the Disk Manager just without a drive letter - so you do know that you can just assign a drive letter there right, thus making it accessible?

Are you connecting it (plugging the USB cable in) while the system is up and running? That is supposed to be the best with USB devices.

I have had similar problems some time ago with an external hard drive I used to use but never really figured out what seemed to be the problem, except the problem existed on my Windows Server 2003 OS but not on Windows XP (which is weird becuase as far as I know 2003 is build on XP).

Bitmap Jul 25, 2006, 06:03pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: external HD wont show up
I would make sure you formatted it to either an NTFS or FAT32 filesystem. Windows can't recognize anything else, as far as I know, without a 3rd party program.

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Suff O'Cate Jul 25, 2006, 09:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: external HD wont show up
nono it oesnt show up on device manager nor my computer. windows only detects but it deoesnt physicly show the drive. and ye i plug it in while im loged in


the HD is already formatted to NTFS and has got some files in it that i need.

-----Toshiba P100-ST9012-----
Intel Core Duo T2400 (1.83Ghz, 2Mb L2, 667Mhz FSB)
2X1Gb DDR2 PC5300 667Mhz
GeForce Go 7900GTX 512Mb GDDR3
80Gb SATA 5400rpm
17" WXGA
3dmark06=5385
3dmark05=8190
Lars Jensen Jul 26, 2006, 10:11pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: external HD wont show up
Dude, what I am talking about is not the Device Manager, but the DISK Manager (found in the Computer Management console). In there you can see what disks and partitions are recognized by Windows, and you can, among other things, assign drive letters...

Suff O'Cate Jul 27, 2006, 11:09pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: external HD wont show up
yes thats what im talking about its not showing up... how can i assisngn drive letter, partition it if its not even on the disk manager.. stupid windows just detects ait and goes your hardware is now installed and ready for use! stupid windows grrrr

-----Toshiba P100-ST9012-----
Intel Core Duo T2400 (1.83Ghz, 2Mb L2, 667Mhz FSB)
2X1Gb DDR2 PC5300 667Mhz
GeForce Go 7900GTX 512Mb GDDR3
80Gb SATA 5400rpm
17" WXGA
3dmark06=5385
3dmark05=8190
brian pope Jul 27, 2006, 11:45pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 27, 2006, 11:46pm EDT

 
>> Re: external HD wont show up
You shouldn't need to assign a drive letter if the HD was already partitioned & formatted prior to installing in the external enclosure.

I'm also wondering what driver you installed as windows 2000 & XP requires no additional USB drivers.

Did you set the jumper on the external HD to master?

In admin tools under "Services" do you have "Computer Browser" set to Automatic? Sometimes certain PC configurations need it set to Automatic instead of manual for everything to work correctly.

Have you tried rebooting with the externel drive attached & powered on.

Lastly make sure in device manager under Universal Serial Bus controllers you have "USB Mass Storage Drive" listed there.

Lars Jensen Jul 27, 2006, 11:57pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: external HD wont show up
I musinderstood then.
So, how/where do you actually know/see that Windows recognizes the disk? Just wondering...

Lars Jensen Jul 28, 2006, 12:19am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: external HD wont show up
Have you tried connecting it on another computer (at a friend/family/work whatever)?

Suff O'Cate Jul 29, 2006, 08:05pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: external HD wont show up
i formatted the HD and sit still doesnt show up(on both the enclosure that i bought) i deleted the partion and it still wont work

i know wndows recognizes it because when i turn on the power on the enclosure windows says found new hard and its installed and ready to use!!

-----Toshiba P100-ST9012-----
Intel Core Duo T2400 (1.83Ghz, 2Mb L2, 667Mhz FSB)
2X1Gb DDR2 PC5300 667Mhz
GeForce Go 7900GTX 512Mb GDDR3
80Gb SATA 5400rpm
17" WXGA
3dmark06=5385
3dmark05=8190
Dana Francey Jul 31, 2006, 12:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: external HD wont show up
I have the same problem to.. my external HD used to work fine, but I disconnected it one day and the next time I plugged it back in it would not work anymore. It shows up in device manager with a "!"(USB Mass Storage Device), but will not show up in disk management or My computer. No settings have changed and it used to work fine.


Windows XP
2ghz Intel pos
512 ram
Nvidia 5400ish

Suff O'Cate Aug 01, 2006, 01:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: external HD wont show up
k im bringing this to geeksquad or whatever computerd nerd fixers outthere. i hope they dont charge me if they dont get it work

-----Toshiba P100-ST9012-----
Intel Core Duo T2400 (1.83Ghz, 2Mb L2, 667Mhz FSB)
2X1Gb DDR2 PC5300 667Mhz
GeForce Go 7900GTX 512Mb GDDR3
80Gb SATA 5400rpm
17" WXGA
3dmark06=5385
3dmark05=8190

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