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External Hard Drive not recognized

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Ramz, Mar 29, 2009.

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  1. Ramz

    Ramz Thread Starter

    Mar 29, 2009
    I have been trying all day trying to get my external hard drive to be recognized by WinXp but its not working and really beginning to annoy me.

    I check the Device Manager and can see my Maxtor HD there, but when I click My Computer its not there.

    Also when I click the USB controllers in device manager I can't see the USB Mass Storage, whereas I can see all the other USB devices.

    Also when I click the Manage and then Disk Management I can only see my C Drive and no other drives.

    When I plugged the USB cable in it said 'new hardware found' but thats all it says, I can't seem to get it to work. I have tried everything.

    Hope somebody can help me.
  2. xgerryx


    May 16, 2003
    Have you tried one of the other usb ports ?
  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Did you scroll down in Disk Management? You don't see your optical drives in Disk Management, either?

    It really sounds like it is probably in Disk Management, waiting for partitioning and formatting.
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