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External hard drive suddenly not showing and unassigned

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by theymademedoit, Jul 29, 2011.

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  1. theymademedoit

    theymademedoit Thread Starter

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    Hi all,
    I am at my wits end.
    I stupidly relied on my Western Digital external to back up all my photography, and today its not showing in My Computer.

    When I go to 'manage drives' it shows but is unassigned and when I right click there is no option to assign a letter to the drive. I should point out it does show in device manager.

    I tried unplugging it, putting it in a different USB port and also tried it on my lap top and its not showing.

    After reading a couple of suggestions I tried a programme called Partition Find and Mount, I didnt know what I was doing but it found the drive and asked me to mount it. I changed the drive letter and after a while it showed the contents in Windows Explorer, which leads me to believe that my stuff is recoverable (I pray).

    Can anyone tell me how to get my drive to be recognised again?

    Please!!
    Thanks,
    Al
     
  2. flyer0101

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    Have you tried using it in another computer?
     
  3. theymademedoit

    theymademedoit Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    Yes on another laptop.
     
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