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External Hard drive not recognized in Windows 7

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Dominoid, Jul 24, 2011.

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  1. Dominoid

    Dominoid Thread Starter

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    Hello All,

    I have an external 1.5 TB harddrive that windows will not recognize. Disk Management sees the drive but I cant access it through My Computer.

    I have photos that I would like to keep on this drive so any help to retain this would be appreciated.

    Under disk management the only option that I see on the drive is to format...

    Thanks,

    Ryan
     
  2. thedancingman432

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    You may want to format it if there is nothing on the external drive already.
     
  3. Dominoid

    Dominoid Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply but I have photos I would like to try and keep
     
  4. computerguy1990

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    There should be an option to initialize the drive, might be what you need to do, if you want to keep the data boot a linux live cd, which ever one you want connect the hard drive and copy the info off to another drive, dont store it on the desktop of linux live as it will be lost when you power down.

    Then you can format and initialize the drive to get it to run in win 7.
     
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