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04 Apr 2010   #1
DaveTheRealtor

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External Drive Showing Up As Local...

My 1TB Western Digital external drive is showing up as a local drive under My Computer after I formated it. How do I make it show up as removable storage again?


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04 Apr 2010   #2
zigzag3143

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DaveTheRealtor View Post
My 1TB Western Digital external drive is showing up as a local drive under My Computer after I formated it. How do I make it show up as removable storage again?
What did you format it to? (NTFS, FAT32)

I assume it is a USB device, correct?
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04 Apr 2010   #3
DaveTheRealtor

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Yeah, I apologize. It's connected via USB and formatted as NTFS.
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04 Apr 2010   #4
zigzag3143

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DaveTheRealtor View Post
Yeah, I apologize. It's connected via USB and formatted as NTFS.

Dave

check device manager to make sure the USB driver is working correctly (type device manager in search>go to USB tab)

Ken
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04 Apr 2010   #5
DaveTheRealtor

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That's all good. I tried to format it so that my Xbox would read it and, I failed, now It's showing up like this... The computer is reading it as it's plugged in, just showing up as a local drive not removable.
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04 Apr 2010   #6
CommonTater

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DaveTheRealtor View Post
My 1TB Western Digital external drive is showing up as a local drive under My Computer after I formated it. How do I make it show up as removable storage again?
If you have your "My Computer" window set to "Show in Groups" it simply lumps USB HDs in with the other disk drives... it's no worry and nothing is broken.

Here's one of mine.... Thing works perfectly...

External Drive Showing Up As Local...-capture.jpg

What likely changed is that when you formatted it the "Removable" flag in the drive's descriptor was reset.


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04 Apr 2010   #7
DaveTheRealtor

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Well, how do I fix it to show up as removable?
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04 Apr 2010   #8
CommonTater

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DaveTheRealtor View Post
Well, how do I fix it to show up as removable?
You don't. Honest... it's not broken and this is not a bad thing.

The only suggestion would be to go into device manager, find the external drive and right click to get the Properties dialog... Under Policies, click the Quick Removal option.

From there, just use it...
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