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Windows 7: usb hard drive shows completely different partitions when directly con

20 Oct 2015   #1
rolling7z

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usb hard drive shows completely different partitions when directly con

Hello. I was wondering why my usb hard drive shows completely different partitions when it is plugged directly into my computer. Any ideas?


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20 Oct 2015   #2
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Hi rolling7z

That can't happen. You probably plugged in a different HDD.

To validate your statement and examine the issue - if there is one - please post the screenshots of Windows Disk Management of your USB hard drive directly connected and "indirectly" connected.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

By the by what is that indirect and direct connection of the USB drive? Can you elaborate?
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21 Oct 2015   #3
rolling7z

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Sorry it took me awhile. But its true, I dont know how but it is.....

Whichever picture has drive E: and N: is via USB, the other is directly connected to computer, SATA, AHCI


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21 Oct 2015   #4
rolling7z

windows 7
 
 

Also Seagate Drive Settings also does not even see the drive as an external drive, while using USB interface
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21 Oct 2015   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

In one sentence it is a 3TB HDD. If you had been using it in the external enclosure and all is well use it so and not as an internal drive.
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21 Oct 2015   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

A possible explanation:
I am assuming you are pulling the HDD out of a Seagate enclosure. It looks like there may be some special firmware in the enclosure interface. See here
How To Open a Seagate GoFlex Desk Hard Disk Drive Case
"But cracking them open isnít all that worthwhile, since the format requires the GoFlex Dock adapter."
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21 Oct 2015   #7
rolling7z

windows 7
 
 

Should I format or delete to RAW physically connected, and then wipe and reformat as USB first, or anything?
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21 Oct 2015   #8
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

@rolling7z, You have not given full details of your external case. Did you buy the external case separately and your 3TB HDD separately.? Or is it a branded external HDD like Western Digital My BooK/ Passport, Seagate expansion/Backup Plus etc.,and you have taken the HDD out of such a branded external drive?

It would appear that your 3TB HDD has been formatted by you. Did you format it inside the enclosure? Did you format it as an MBR drive or GPT drive?

Have you been using it inside the enclosure and was it OK? Do you have any data on it?
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21 Oct 2015   #9
rolling7z

windows 7
 
 

I bought it used. It is a Seagate 3tb USB. I just want to make sure it's clean and clear to use.
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21 Oct 2015   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

1) What is the model number of the external eg. STAC3000101 3 TB.
2) Have you pulled the hard drive out of the external enclosure (presumably yes).
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