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External usb hdd is not detected


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newnoi

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The external usb hard disk is not detected by 3 different computers working with XP Home, XP Proffesional, and Vista home premium.
It is any test or program to solve it?
I open My computer and it is not an icon for this hard drive, and it is not an icon with an arrow near the clock.
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Neil Jones

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Format it.

Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management.
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just to follow up on Neil's post, if your drive is not detected after format I guess its defective...
having not detected by 3 pc's is really alarming.
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just to follow up on Neil's post, if your drive is not detected after format I guess its defective...
having not detected by 3 pc's is really alarming.


But if it's unformatted drive it won't show in my Computer under ANY recent version of Windows.
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