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Solved: Windows doesn't detect HDD on startup

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by The Juba, Feb 8, 2010.

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  1. The Juba

    The Juba Thread Starter

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    Hi there,

    I'm running Windows XP sp3 and have a 500G Transcend USB external hard drive without external power and all was working very well, but suddenly Windows doesn't detect my hdd on startup, the Safely Remove Hardware item appears in the system tray and is showing the presence of the drive but it doesn't assign a drive letter to it and it also doesn't appear in My Computer untill I unplug it then replug it. Does anyone have a solution for this annoying problem. A little help is appreciated very much, thanks in advance.
     
  2. The Juba

    The Juba Thread Starter

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    The problem seems to be the HDD itself because i've tried another external HDD and it's working fine, what possibly can be the problem it's a very new HDD?
     
  3. The Juba

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    I've downloaded the hdd format utility from the Transcend site en formatted the hard drive, that finally solved the problem, thanks anyway.
     
  4. etaf

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    thanks for letting us know how you fixed

    I have recently read some articles that talk about how you need to reformat External HDs before using them...and this improves reliability and reduces this type of error
     
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