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Windows XP cannot find external drive

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Andrew Fenner

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I have a a Freecom 250GB USB external drive which I have been using on a Mac recently. However I know want to us it on a PC. It is currently formated as a Unix drive. My laptop (running Windows XP) recognizes there is a HD attached (when I run diskmgmt.msc), but it does now show it in Explorer. How can I a) get the machine to recognize the HD and b) format it to the correct operating system?


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It won't be seen in explorer till you format.
In diskmanagement, right clic on the drive and select format from the drop down menue/.
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