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Windows 7: format external hard drive that wont show up in my computer

21 Jan 2012   #11

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

If you think you have useful data on the disk try running Recuva on it just in case.
If your HDD needs initializing Windows should prompt you to do this.
You then need to do a standard format. I think "Quick" is good enough (for modern disks low level formatting is done in the factory).
Assign partitions letters.
Finally I would then run a full CHKDSK.

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28 Jan 2012   #12

Windows 7 home premium

thank you!!! it works now
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19 Apr 2015   #13

windows 7 home premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hipster Doofus View Post
Control Panel/ Admin Tools/Computer Management/Storage/ Disk Management.

See if it is in there.
What ifit's not in there?
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