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Windows 7: External Hard Drives Not Showing Up


05 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
External Hard Drives Not Showing Up

I haven't used my external hard drives for quite a while and I am now having trouble getting the computer to recognise both a Seagate and a Simpledrive. I got them to show up once on "computer" but now they have both vanished again. Any advice please?

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05 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

do they show up in device manager?
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05 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
do they show up in device manager?

Yes they do.
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05 Dec 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Do they have a drive letter in Disk Management. And what is the format - RAW, NTFS ??
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05 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Do they have a drive letter in Disk Management. And what is the format - RAW, NTFS ??

Disc management doesn't seem to be loading up except for my internal hard drive.
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05 Dec 2011   #6
whs
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Post a picture of your Disk Management
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05 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

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05 Dec 2011   #8

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Please upload a screenshot of Disk management as WHS requested. And you can also try diskpart. Open an elevated command prompt (click start, in the search box type cmd, on the cmd entry right click it and select run as administrator. In the window that opens type diskpart and press enter, in a few seconds, it will reply diskpart. Type list disk then press enter. it will list all disks connected to your machine giving each one a number. Type select disk # (where # is the number of your external drive. You can tell by the size or usually it is the last drive listed) example is 'select disk 3'. it should respond with disk 3 is the selected disk. If you get this far, type 'assign' and press enter. That should assign it a drive letter and make it visible in computer (windows explorer). type exit and enter, twice.
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07 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Sorry for the delay.


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07 Dec 2011   #10
whs
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You apparently have a 1.8GB drive without a drive letter. Unfortunately it does not show in the lower pane. Does it show there in RAW format?
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