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"My Computer" doesn't see external hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by thebungalow, Mar 30, 2007.

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  1. thebungalow

    thebungalow Thread Starter

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    Am trying to get an external hard drive up and running!
    When connected (via USB) it is recognised by Belarc Advisor, but does not appear in "My Computer" and hence is not usable - can anyone help?
    Thanks, Guys.
     
  2. bigbear

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    You need to format the drive before you can use it.
    Go to start> run and type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter.
    Right click on the drive and create an extended partition in the unallocated space.
    Now create a logical drive in the new partition and format with ntfs.
    Once completed you can use the drive
     
  3. thebungalow

    thebungalow Thread Starter

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    Done, easy when you know how - thanks.
     
  4. bigbear

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    Happy to help(y)
     
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