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External Seagate hard drive not seen by computer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Contrapunctus, Jul 5, 2011.

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  1. Contrapunctus

    Contrapunctus Thread Starter

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    I have a 2 TB Seagate external hard drive which has worked fine.

    It is used on a 64 bit Vista (Ultimate with SP2) Dell machine.

    I have had to restore an image backup of C: drive and the drive no longer appears in the Computer folder nor in Disc Management now.

    However the drive is lit up and when I insert the USB cable there is the connected sound and when I disconnect it there is the disconnect sound so something is seeing it.

    I have tried this on both the 64 bit Vista and on an XP - on neither of the computers is the drive seen.

    I would rather hope that I can eventually access this drive as it has 1.7 TB of audio files on it.

    Is there a solution for this?


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    OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Ultimate , Service Pack 2, 64 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5520 @ 2.27GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 26 Stepping 5
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 12284 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800, 1024 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 150411 MB, Free - 46620 MB; D: Total - 2047 MB, Free - 990 MB; E: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 394944 MB; F: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 439395 MB; K: Total - 715402 MB, Free - 178636 MB; M: Total - 1430796 MB, Free - 24231 MB; O: Total - 1907728 MB, Free - 263346 MB; P: Total - 715402 MB, Free - 191542 MB; Q: Total - 1907728 MB, Free - 515766 MB; R: Total - 1907728 MB, Free - 262894 MB; S: Total - 1907726 MB, Free - 1513694 MB;
    Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0D881F, A03, ..CN1374093N00KN.
     
  2. Mark1956

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    As this external drive won't show up on any other PC the circuitry in the box has probably developed a fault.

    For about £10 you can by a USB Hard Drive Adapter, see Ebay. Remove the hard drive from the enclosure and connect it to the USB adapter and it should then function as long as the fault is not on the drive itself.
     
  3. AshleeD

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    I just had this issue yesterday. It just stopped showing up in My Computer even though it showed in devices. I tried several usb cables (even another seagate usb cable), until I managed to find the original then it worked fine. For some reason mine is fickle with cables. It's not the first time either.
     
  4. Contrapunctus

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    Thanks for the tip
     
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