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Windows 7: External HD not being recognized!!

17 May 2010   #1

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External HD not being recognized!!

Hello, today I bought a new laptop which has windows 7. When I try to connect my external HD it makes a noise then will not recognize it. It is an WD Caviar 500gb sata enclosed in an ultra case. Please help me figure out why it will not recognize!

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18 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

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Try the drive in another machine. If it doesn't work, we can determine that either the drive or enclosure is the problem.
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18 May 2010   #3


open up computer management and format it. then it will be recognized, otherwise its just a raw disk in disk management.
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18 May 2010   #4


its administrator tools-->computer management-->Disk management
scroll through the list of drives while it is connected, and find the raw disk. it's label will be black vs. blue or other colors.
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