Solved: Will not recognise mini-HDD

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mkn777er

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I have just had to replace my laptops back-up HDD after dropping it. It was a 120 Gb 2.5 inch SATA drive housed within an enclosure. I have replaced it with a 250 Gb HDD, housed in the same enclosure. Before, when it was connected (via USB) the drive would appear in My Computer as a mini-HDD with a suitable letter. Now when I connect the new drive it recognises it, says its working normally but refers to it as a USB Storage Device and does not list it in My Computer and so I cannot access it. I have tried:
Different computer (two)
Different hard drive enclosure
with the same result on each occasion.
Any ideas please?
Many thanks
 

Macboatmaster

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Is it shown in disk management
Control Panel Administrative funtions, computer management disk management. OR right click My Computer entry on startup and click manage.
Is there anything ON the HDD or is this a brand new drive.
 

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Does the drive need to be formatted? Many new drives come unformatted from the manufacturers.
 

Macboatmaster

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Thats where I am going, if it is shown in disk management.
IF YOU have already stored any data on this drive, before you enclosed it, to use as external - DO NOT OF COURSE format it. - as you will lose eveything on it.
If it is shown in Disk Management and has nothing on it then format it.
NOTE ENSURE you are selecting the CORRECT drive, otherwise you risk formatting your main hard drive.
On the drive - right click and then click format.
 

mkn777er

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Done it! That was the problem - it had not been formatted. Found it in Disc Manager and all is now good. I think that is the first time I have ever bought an HDD that has not arrived formatted!

Many thanks for all your help............:)
 

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Pleased its sorted.
It probably was already. New hard drives are already low level formatted but it needs to be done on the computer for that computer to see the disc as a drive.
Mark the thread solved please
 
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