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Windows 7: External Hard-Drive Not Showing Up

05 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
External Hard-Drive Not Showing Up

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


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05 Aug 2011   #3

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Heres a screen Shot: THANKS ( it's An Attachment *SORRY*)


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06 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi Shaun,
I have the same operating system and had the same problem with a new Buffalo Ministation 1tb external HDD. Try going to Start; right click on Computer; click on Manage; click on Disk Management under Storage on the left and your SeaGate should show up with a blue line. Right click on the blue line and select Change Drive Letter and Paths. This will allow you to choose a drive letter and the external HDD should then show up in Windows Explorer.
Good luck! Geoff.
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06 Aug 2011   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shaaun View Post
Heres a screen Shot: THANKS ( it's An Attachment *SORRY*)
If this is a new external hard drive, return to Retailer.
If not, check that all the cables are connected OK, in & outside ofthe case.
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06 Aug 2011   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shaaun View Post
Heres a screen Shot: THANKS ( it's An Attachment *SORRY*)
If this is a new external hard drive, return to Retailer.
If not, check that all the cables are connected OK, in & outside ofthe case.
It is not brand new, i got it about 2years ago and i got an Windows 7 PC way after i bought it. Im sure windows 7 wasnt out when i bought it,
thanks.
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07 Aug 2011   #7

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
I've posted on this type of problem which can often be solved quite easily

Here's an example I had with an unrecognized USB drive.

Since your light comes on I don't think you've got a hardware problem.

I'm sure if you follw what I do -- happens with several drives since I'm always swapping them on quite a few different machines.

1) Control panel===>administrative tools===>computer management===>Disk management

2) You'll see a list of Disks (and partititions) and DVD's (if you have any) and you'll probably see something like Disk 1 with no partition letter assigned

3) Right mouse click and choose Change drive letter and paths ===> add chose a letter from the drop down and the drive will be available.

Sometimes this happens when you switch USB drives between different computers and OS'es -- I think this is due to the "Disk ID" created by Windows .

anyway if you look at three screenshots I can now access the unrecognized drive as drive J.


Cheers
jimbo


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27 Dec 2011   #8

windows 7 home edition 64 bit
 
 

1) Control panel===>administrative tools===>computer management===>Disk management

2) You'll see a list of Disks (and partititions) and DVD's (if you have any) and you'll probably see something like Disk 1 with no partition letter assigned

3) Right mouse click and choose Change drive letter and paths ===> add chose a letter from the drop down and the drive will be available.


what if the devise in question dosnt show here?
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29 Dec 2011   #9

windows 7 premium 64 bit
 
 

i am having the same problem at present and the main issue with mine is when i go to select the options it is coming up with all grey and not allowing me to change the file path or assign a drive letter... any suggestions???
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29 Dec 2011   #10

 
 

Event Viewer, select Applications, Microsoft, Windows, DriverFrameworks-UserMode, Operational. Those are USB connection events.
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