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External Hard drive not showing up

Discussion in 'Tech Support' started by DoNuT, 16 Jun 2006.

  1. DoNuT

    DoNuT What's a Dremel?

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    I just bought a Coolmax HD enclosure and a 160 GB SATA HD for it.
    Links:
    enclosure: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817146067
    hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148105

    My PC's mobo specs:
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article222-page1.html

    I did everything the instructions said to do, and it appeared that the drivers were updated when I plugged the HD into the computer with USB and Firewire. The problem is that the HD doesn't show up in My Computer. The computer recognizes that the device is connected by showing the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the lower right-hand taskbar. Is there something really simple to fix this, like setting a drive letter to it?
     
  2. Highland3r

    Highland3r Minimodder

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    Control panel -> admin tools -> computer management -> disk management. Should be an option to "import" (or simialr wording) the disk in there :)
    Might need to format/create a partition on it too
     
  3. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    As Highlan3r said, right-click My Computer, click on Manage, click on Disk Management. It may even come up with a wizard asking what you want to do with the new disk. You want to initialise it but don't convert it. Then create a Primary partition on it.
     
  4. DoNuT

    DoNuT What's a Dremel?

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    Thank you guys a lot. I had to initialize it and then create a primary partition. Learn something new everyday.
     

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