Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

USB hard drive


  • Please log in to reply

#1
thoughtsurfer

thoughtsurfer

    New Member

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 3 posts
I've just bought an external hard drive (Sabrent USB to SATA & IDE) and my computer won't recognize it.
  • 0

Advertisements


#2
jaxisland

jaxisland

    Member 1K

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,703 posts
Have you tried other USB ports on your computer, just to make sure?

Make sure all the connections on the external drive are ok?
  • 0

#3
SRX660

SRX660

    motto - Just get-er-done

  • Technician
  • 4,345 posts
If the HD is not formatted then windows will not see it.If you can find out what the drive is you can use the drive makers utilities to format the drive so windows can see it. WD has the data lifeguard tools, Maxtor has the maxblast software, Seagate uses Seatools, etc. They all have utilities for this.

SRX660
  • 0

#4
thoughtsurfer

thoughtsurfer

    New Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • Pip
  • 3 posts
Yeah. All the ports have been tried. The machine is making a sound of recognition when I plug in. But, nothing is connecting in my computer. All my USB ports work, because I use them with the printer and flash cards.
  • 0

#5
thoughtsurfer

thoughtsurfer

    New Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • Pip
  • 3 posts
It did come with a driver disk. When I hit setup on it, it tells me that it's already installed.
  • 0

#6
negative_silent

negative_silent

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 31 posts
Did you buy the external HD (as a whole) or did you buy a HD and a external enclosure and install it?
  • 0

#7
jaxisland

jaxisland

    Member 1K

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,703 posts
I would plug it in and power it on.
Then go Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management and see if it recognizes it there.

If it doesn then right click and format.
  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP