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New computer won't recognize external HD


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I just got a new computer (it has Windows XP w/SP2), and it won't recognize my 80GB Maxtor external HD. I plugged in my old computer with XP and it worked fine on there. The external isn't in My Computer or Disk Management.
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You need to go into disk management and mount the drive. It isnt hard to do...just not always plug and play like the vendor says. Go to my computer, right click, manage, disk drives. You should be able to figure it out from there. I have 4 such devices and had to do this each time with XP. My W2K systems find the drive without doing this.
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I've been there. Disk Management doesn't even recognize the drive. All it sees is the main hard drive, the D drive, and the burner and CD-Rom. Then there are these 4 removable disks that are not my external.
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Is this a USB drive? If so, check that your USB controller is enabled & installed correctly. Then try a different USB device, if you have one, to test the port with.
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removable disks are your ext drive but it cant do any thing with untill you tell it
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Is your harddrive only powered from the USB slot, because sometimes the slots in front of the fixed computer don't have enough power to support it, try either using a slightly shorter USB cable or rear usb port or finding a cable that looks like a snake's tonge, in fact we have this problem often with laptops.
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"Is this a USB drive? If so, check that your USB controller is enabled & installed correctly. Then try a different USB device, if you have one, to test the port with."

Yeah it's USB. The USB is fine. I plugged my mouse in there and it works.

"removable disks are your ext drive but it cant do any thing with untill you tell it"

Why are there 4 of them, and what am I supposed to tell it?

"Is your harddrive only powered from the USB slot, because sometimes the slots in front of the fixed computer don't have enough power to support it, try either using a slightly shorter USB cable or rear usb port or finding a cable that looks like a snake's tonge, in fact we have this problem often with laptops."

Tried that. No luck
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"removable disks are your ext drive but it cant do any thing with untill you tell it"

Why are there 4 of them, and what am I supposed to tell it?

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What is there 4 of?
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some usb cady are like flash card readers they have 4 built in slots like lacy cady so you can use 2 drives they some time show up but only the one that has some conected to it will work or open
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"What is there 4 of?"

There is a Removable Disk G, Removable Disk H, Removable Disk I, and Removable Disk J. If you click on all of them, they all say to please insert a disk into that drive.
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what make of cadty is it has it ex power for it have u any unknown deices in devis mang er can you hear it spin up when on and is it pos to take drive out of cady
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Sorry, I couldn't really understand your post there.

Could the problem be that the main hard drive is NTFS, and I think the external HD had data put on it from a FAT32?
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shouldnt make any difference
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what make of cady ex drive is it
has it ex power for it
have u any unknown deices in devis mang er
can you hear it spin up when on
and is it pos to take drive out of cady
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