Computer won't recgonise new ext Hard drive

Zordana - Jul 21, 2009 at 03:27 PM
 Zordana - Jul 23, 2009 at 10:22 AM
I've just bought an external Hard Drive 2.5"Sata/External Case USB2.0. It shows up in the 'Safely remove hardware' but nowhere else, certainly not in My Compueter. Any help would be appreciated - have i bought the wrong thing for my comp? It's XP SP3.

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Jul 21, 2009 at 03:48 PM
your external drive might not be formatted to any file structure.
plug in this device. right click my computer and go to manage. then go to disk management and you should hopefully see your external drive ***NOTE THIS IS NOT YOUR C: DRIVE***

it might/should say unallocated

right click it and click "create new partition" - run through the wizard
it might possibly say "format"

just do this to make the drive "healthy"

assign it a drive letter and this should show.
Zordana Posts 1 Registration date Monday July 20, 2009 Status Member Last seen July 21, 2009
Jul 21, 2009 at 04:00 PM
I've tried that but there are only the two drives that were there before, C&D..even my other 240GB external doesn't show up but then it is only switched on only when i want to transfer files, am i doing something wrong then? :*(

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Jul 22, 2009 at 04:49 AM
does ur USB ports work?
I checked the USB ports and swapped them over so that i was using the one in the back of the computer and hey presto, everything is fine now. Thanks all for your help, its very much appreciated. :*)