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External USB hard disk not read by PC

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sallee1311, Apr 23, 2009.

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  1. sallee1311

    sallee1311 Thread Starter

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    I've been using my external USB hard disk often, but all of a sudden my PC doesn't recognize it. Actually, it does make a sound when I plug it in, and I can also go to "safely remove hardware" option down in my taskbar. But this HD never opens automatically as usual, and it cannot be seen in "My computer as one of the hard disks." The same thing also hapens when used on other computers. Anything I can do before paying the service guy? :eek: Thanks.
     
  2. Lucky5tar

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    Right click on My Computer, click on "Manage" and then look for Disk Management.

    Is it there?
     
  3. win2kpro

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    If the drive can't be seen in disk management then it is likely that you have one of two problems.

    #1-The USB adapter in the enclosure is defective, or #2-The drive controller board is defective.

    It is somewhat more likely that the problem is a defective USB adapter in the enclosure.
     
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