Dell XP wont recognize my new external hard drive
Posted 15 January 2006 - 12:02 PM
Posted 15 January 2006 - 01:22 PM
Posted 15 January 2006 - 01:34 PM
Posted 15 January 2006 - 01:50 PM
Posted 15 January 2006 - 03:49 PM
It will not show up under "My Computer" until there is a filesystem on it. You can not create a filesystem until you partition it, so ...
Go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management. In there go
to Disk Management. Scroll through the devices and see if you can find it. You want to create a new partition and create a filesystem on it. I have seen that in some cases Windoze gets confused and does not know how big the disk is. If you connect the disk to the system (as a slave if there is a master device on the IDE channel) and create the partition, then put it back in the USB case.
It should show there and hopefully you should be able to partition the disk. You can also use the device manager under control panel, system, to see if it can see it.
Posted 15 January 2006 - 03:57 PM
Posted 15 January 2006 - 04:06 PM
I would try partitioning the disk by connecting it to the system, if you have an open IDE connection. Once you have done that, then install it in the USB case.
What does the device manager say about the device? Does it say that it is working?
Posted 15 January 2006 - 04:16 PM
Posted 16 January 2006 - 11:50 AM
You did try scrolling down in the disk management tool, correct?
I am not sure of what else to suggest. I can understand your not wanting to open up the machine. Do you know of someone who could help you? It is also possible that you could try Knoppix and see if it can determine the size of the disk, but that might be more than you want to try (no opening of the case, but you would need to download the CD ISO file and burn a CD, then boot with it).
Have you check to see if there are any drivers for the Kingwin enclosure? That is what would be needed, not for the disk.
They list some drivers:
But I don't know if it is for XP or not as there is nothing saying what it is.
I have personally seen the system not know how big the disk in the usb enclosure was, which was solved by putting it in the system.
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