detecting an external hard drive
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: gnossie-ga
List Price: $15.00
28 Jul 2006 22:42 PDT
Expires: 27 Aug 2006 22:42 PDT
Question ID: 750576
I have by now three or four external hard drives that have mysteriously grown useless to me because Windows stopped being able to detect them. So I replace them. But the same thing keeps happening. Is there a trick you can do on Windows (or is there some sort of program out there) that will allow you to force Windows to detect when an external hard drive has been connected? It's the weirdest thing. Time was when the drives would quickly pop up as icons in "My Computer," but no more. Even after a restart with the thing connected. Even with the "add hardware" wizard in the Control Panel. This is not just on one computer either: the problem regularly happens between three separate computers. And there's nothing wrong with the data on the hard drives: everything passes a Norton check when I can get Windows to recognize that it's there. That's another thing: the problem is intermittent. Occasionally Windows will detect my external hard drives like nothing is wrong. So, my question: how can I force Windows to detect what is supposed to be a plug-and-play external storage device?
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Re: detecting an external hard drive
From: zer0skill-ga on 30 Aug 2006 07:16 PDT
If this is your error: USB Drive displays in your device manager, but not in your My Computer lists... and it doesn't displaying in your (Manage/My Computer) Screen, its because the partition information is lost, If you would like to try and recover the data, I can give it a shot for you. What I'm looking to do, is solve the current issue at hand. This is how you fix it: The partition infomation is lost on the drive, so you can reset the partition on Windows XP(etc) as such... Connect the drive so it appears in your Device manager Goto My Computer, Right click, goto Manage Expand Storage and click Disk Management Your drive will be displayed in the lower right portion of the screen It should be named somthing like DISK# and the data portion will be a black bar, and it should say "Unalloted" right click the bar and click create partition. Make it a primary partition... For all USB Drives, I suggest using FAT32. Fill in any other boxes that seem neccessary, "Volume Name" and such, and allow it to partition and format. Voila, it works. Contact me on IRC: irc.ircstorm.net:6667 Channel:#help NickName:Matt/zer0skill IRC: irc.centralchat.net:6667 Channel:zer0skill NickName:MattThomas/zer0skill JavaApplet:http://freejavachat.com/chat.php?chan=help
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