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Can't find external hard drive


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kosciosco

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Hello,

Just bought a new external hard drive. I connected it to the PC (running Windows XP) using the USB connector and I get the usual noise to say that something has been connected.

Normally it sets off an autoplay routine but that doesn't happen and when I go to windows explorer to find the device it doesn't appear in the list.

so if the PC is acknowledging it is there, why can't I find it?

Any ideas?

Thanks

Simon
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r55741

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Windows is having problems with the driver

try going to the manufacturers website and downloading the latest drivers manually, intall them

and then plug in your hard drive.
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War/G.asm

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Usually, reinstalling the usb drivers solves the problem. Try with another computer aswell. If when you bought the drive there was no special CD with it, I`m sure there`s something related to ur PC. Or, try this, right click on My Computer -> Manage -> Disk management and look for a Drive that says "Unallocated space". Maybe it doesn`t have a partition and you need to create one. Right click on it and create a new one, then format it. It should solve ur problem.
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Most external, and new drives are not formatted.
Therefore they will not be seen by windows explorer.

You need to allocate, partition and format as stated by War/G.asm

And it is not a USB driver issue for the device. They don't need them any more.
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