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Solved: Cannot get USB 2.0 External Hard Drive to be Recognized

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by smith1169, Feb 25, 2006.

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  1. smith1169

    smith1169 Thread Starter

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    Greetings,

    I have a USB 2.0 Notebook enclosure that I have been using. It worked great with this old 10 gig hard drive I was using. I purchased a new 40 Gig drive and I cannot get it to be recognized in "My Computer" It shows up in device manager as soon as it's plugged in. I also get the balloon pop up saying it's installed and ready to use. Is there something I have to do to make it recognizable.

    Thanks :)
    Smitty
     
  2. Triple6

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    Yes, Partition and Format it.

    Right Click on My Computer and Select Manage. Then select Disk Management and you shoudl see the new drive. Right click on the name of the drive and Initialize it. Then right click anywhere on the drive space and choose to Partition it. You'll also be given the option to format it and assign a drive letter.
     
  3. smith1169

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    Thank you!!!!!!

    Smitty :)
     
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