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Windows 7: Windows 7 dont detect External HD


25 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bits
 
 
Windows 7 dont detect External HD

Been lookin around for a tutorial about how to make my computer detect my External HD... nothing fixed my problem, first of all : I Cant see my External HD on Disk manage

when i turn on the HD i can feel it is working... so i tryed it on my other computer... it dosnt work as well so i tryed it on my bell expressvu, it dont detect as well

any idea?

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25 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Sounds like the external drive had died. It's possible just the enclosure electronics has died and the drive itself is still okay. You can remove it from the enclosure and install it as a 2nd hard drive in your computer, mount it in another external drive enclosure or buy a USB Universal Drive adapter and connect it to your computer that way.

I have a NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter that I use for this purpose but there are many other brands available as well. Works with IDE (PATA) and SATA drives from desktop and laptop computers.
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25 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bits
 
 

On my External HDD i have a button to turn it on, is there any specific adapter for this type of HD
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26 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

The Hard Drive will be inside the external enclosure. You need to figure out how to open it up so you can remove the HD.
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26 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Inside it's a totally common IDE or SATA drive (more likely IDE..depending on the model)
So, like already mentioned you either put it inside the comp or get a new enclosure or option #3 get some form of IDE 2USB adaptor.
When my 1st. external gave up after a year (power supply gave out), I just bought this enclosure for $20.00 incl external power supply (because my drive was 3.5"...too big for power through USB)
It runs fine ever since.

-DG
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