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My laptop won't detect my External HD

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by demarris, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. demarris

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    I recently bought an external 60 gig hd but my laptop won't pick it up. My laptop always shows that new hardware has been connected in the bottom right hand corner but the hd does not show up when I open the "My Computer" folder. What is wrong?
     
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    is it partitioned & formated? probably not so go to disk management to do that
     
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    How do I do that?
     
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    what windows are you using?
     
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    under your Administration Tools, go Computer Management -> System Tools -> Storage -> Disk Management
     
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    It still does not show up in computer management.
     
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    was there software with the external drive?
     
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    contact the ebay seller to get that cd. your link dosen't show your drive.
     
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    I did contact him. He has not replied in days. Is there anywhere that I can download some drivers?
     
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    what is the make & model# of the drive?
     
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    no name on the case at all?
     
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    Nope not at all. The box it came in has USB 2.0 on it.
     
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    keep emailing the seller then for that disk or were you can download from.
     
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    OK. Are there not any Universal drivers that I can download somewhere?
     
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    i don't know as all my externals came with software but no drives.
     
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    I had the same problem, how I got round it was to temporarily extract the disk from its case and fit it to my pc as a new 'C' drive and boot of a win98 start-up disk and partition and format it from there,and then put it back in it's case and all was well. Two words of caution this will invalidate any guarantee and remember to format it fat32, as this will allow it to be seen by any system.
     
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    What I forgot to add was that I have an adapter cable which was part of an IDE to USB Kit to be able to hang it on my system.
     

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