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External hard drive not showing up when I turn on my computer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kpshulman, Dec 8, 2009.

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    kpshulman Thread Starter

    Mar 22, 2009
    I have a 1.5TB external hard drive connected to my computer running Windows 7 via USB. It is on and connected when I start my computer, however, it does not show up in Explorer and is not accessible. So I power it off. I know the computer "sees" it in some sense because I hear the windows disconnect sound when I turn it off. I wait a few seconds and then turn it on, and now it shows up and works. This only happens with 1 of my external drives and not with the other 5 I have on my computer. Can anybody shed some light on this?

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