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smartdisk 250gb external not recognised

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  1. lightfighter

    lightfighter Thread Starter

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    I have a SmartDisk 250 gb external harddrive that seems to not be recognised on my computer (vista premium os). I plug it in, it does not go into the usual "installing new hardware" thing, but I can go into the device manager and the hardrive is listed as being on the system. But, in the device manager, it is named "Samsung SP2514N". I downloaded the drivers for that model and installed, still have no access to it. the device manager gives the following info on it:
    Disk: Disk 3
    Type: Basic
    Status: Online
    Partition Style: Master Boot Record (MBR)
    Capacity: 238474 MB
    Unallocated space: 2 MB
    Reserved space: 0 MB

    thats all I have on it. any help on accessing and using this harddrive would be greatly appreciated
     
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    Does the drive show in Disk Management? Have you ever used the drive before and does it have any data on it?

    Click on the Start Button, right click on Computer and select Manage. In the Storage section select Disk Management. You should see the drive there.
     
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    yes, its listed in disk management. It shows on the detailed chart at the bottom, 230.02 GB healthy (active, primary partition), 2.87 gb healthy (primary partition). file system entry is blank, that might be why I can't access it.
    It has only been used twice since I bought it. Without going into a lengthy explanation as to why, I first tried to make it winxp bootable, that was impossible, so next I tried to make it bootable with a certain linux distro, this also proved undoable (or at least undoable for anyone less than a professional user), and when I first tried to use it for regular data storage, this problem begins.
     
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    So there's nothing on it that you want or need?

    Thats good if thats the case. You can right click on the drive/partition and delete any existing partition and then create a new one.
     
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    great thank you :)
     
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