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Seagate External Hard Drive Not Showing As A Driver on New PC

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mmdes8898, Feb 18, 2010.

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  1. mmdes8898

    mmdes8898 Thread Starter

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    We just got a new HP Pavillion Slimline desktop and attached our old Seagate external hard drive. The Seagate shows up as a device, but not as a drive. We cannot retrieve any of our information off it, and this is a BIG problem. Can someone please help??
     
  2. Freemorrison

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    Welcome to TSG:
    Those HP Pavillion Slimline's are nice.
    Have you tried going into safe mode and see if you can highlight it and select properties?
    If you can - check the "Security" tab and see if you need to take ownership of the drive.
    Are you using XP - Vista - or 7 ?

    http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/windows-7-quick-way-to-take-ownership-of-filefolder/

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...ership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/

    http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C...ourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=seagate+disk+wizard

    That Seagate Disk Wizard never worked for me - my friend here at TSG "Phantom" gave me some good tips about "Taking ownership of a drive in XP" that solved my problems - which are very similar to yours.

    Hope this helps - and don't worry this is a great site and if none of the above help - I'm sure a member smarter than me will put the fix in for you.
     
  3. Snagglegaster

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    mm, if your computer doesn't detect the drive correctly, my first reaction is to say that the drive had failed. The simplest way to check that is to connect the drive to a different computer and see if you can read the drive. There really shouldn't be any software or hardware issues that would prevent the drive from being recognized unless it's defective.
     
  4. dustyjay

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    Unless the drive is good but the case electronics are bum. If that is the case you could open the external case and install the drive in another computer if it won't fit in your slimline to retrieve the files you need.
     
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