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Windows 7: External Hard Drive missing

18 Mar 2015   #1
linda661

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External Hard Drive missing

So I went to look at my last backup and saw that my external backup drive is no longer listed with "my computer" drives. I've tried a number of things, but cannot get that fixed. It lights up and I can hear it running inside when put up to my ear.

It a G Tech slim 500GB. I have an HP Pavilion PC running Windows 7

I'm thinking I just need to buy another and would like some suggestions on something affordable and reliable as I am on a fixed income. I've only had this one maybe a couple of years.

Also, is it ok to backup to several CD's in the meantime?


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18 Mar 2015   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Your drive is probably OK. It may miss a drive letter. Check in Disk Management.

Forget CDs for backup.
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18 Mar 2015   #3
linda661

windows 7
 
 

I did check disk management and it was there. I tried giving it a different drive letter, but that didn't help.
When I look in computer management, it shows drive H, but says no media
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18 Mar 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Can you post a picture of your disk management.
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18 Mar 2015   #5
linda661

windows 7
 
 

I don't know how to capture the image.
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18 Mar 2015   #6
linda661

windows 7
 
 

See if I got the image

2015-03-18_1357 - tommysgirl's library or the attachment


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18 Mar 2015   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There is no H drive. Looks like that drive does not exist at all. It could be a problem with the disk, the cable or the USB port.
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18 Mar 2015   #8
linda661

windows 7
 
 

Here is the screen that shows the drives on my computer

2015-03-18_1405 Drive list - tommysgirl's library


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18 Mar 2015   #9
linda661

windows 7
 
 

Why does it even show H drive (disk 2) if there isn't one?

I have tried other ports and I don't think it would light up if the cable was bad, so I guess the drive has just failed. All my backup files are on there, so it's lousy.

Can you suggest a better external drive that doesn't cost more than about $60?
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18 Mar 2015   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linda661 View Post
Here is the screen that shows the drives on my computer

2015-03-18_1405 Drive list - tommysgirl's library
Those are no drives, those are folders.
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