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External hdd undetected after plug in

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kelish, Apr 3, 2008.

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  1. kelish

    kelish Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I've just bought a SATA external harddisk. The harddisk was not detected once i plugged into my computer or show an icon in my Computer. But I've try with other computer, it works.

    Is my computer missing something to perform the detection?
     
  2. crjdriver

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    First of all, how does the external connect to your system? Is it usb, firewire, or esata?

    Next what os do you have installed?
     
  3. Rich-M

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    And lastly is it partitioned and formatted?
     
  4. RogueSpear00

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    Plug unit into computer > Right-Click on My Computer > Click Manage > Click "Disk Management" (May take a minute to load)

    Do you see the drive listed here? If so what is the status? Before you continue and tinker here - let us know...
     
  5. kelish

    kelish Thread Starter

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    Under "Disk Management" The external hdd is not detected. When i bought brand new i'm not sure the guy got partition it..
    But I've checked it with other computer under "disk management" and under it's Layout. It says there partition.
     
  6. kelish

    kelish Thread Starter

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    ANybody help?
     
  7. crjdriver

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    You are asking for help however you have not answered the posted questions; how is the drive connected to the system? Is it usb, firewire or esata?
     
  8. Rich-M

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    Crj I would assume it's esata because he says it's an external sata drive but the real question is how is it connected? Do you have an esata port or card and is it turned on in bios if it's on the board and have you tried the pci card if used in another system to be sure it works. You also need to have the right cable for the esata card you know.
     
  9. crjdriver

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    Yes, that is what I am trying to find out. I have a sata drive in an external and it [the external case] has options to connect to the system via usb or esata.
     
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