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Probably simple but....not seeing USB drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by koetsu13, Jan 29, 2011.

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  1. koetsu13

    koetsu13 Thread Starter

    Aug 29, 2004

    I've got a T60 think pad, XP SP2. I am trying to "see" a drive I have connected via a coolmax USB adapter (SATA). I am trying to see a seagate momentus 100GB 7200 RPM drive. It makes a sound when I plug it in and turn it on (and also when I unplug it). But I can't see it on My computer or via the computer management control panel. (Storage- disk management). The disk is spinning- the system recognizes the USB device and the disk drive in the "pop-up" tray. I am not sure of the drive status- I want to format, etc.

    Thanks for the help.
  2. FijiJohn


    Apr 2, 2006
    If the drive (not just the SATA-USB adapter) is shown in the systray USB icon, maybe this is a new drive (i.e. uninitialized)? If so, go to Control Panels, them Administrative Tools, then Disk management. If it is a new drive it needs to be initialized, partitioned, and formatted before it will show up under My Computer.
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