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Unable to access External HardDrive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by romenmiles, Oct 2, 2008.

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  1. romenmiles

    romenmiles Thread Starter

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    I have read some other threads regarding this same issue, some sound quite similar.
    External Hard Drive - connected by USB port 2.0
    Windows recognises that USB Mass Storage Device Drive has been connected - however it does not show in My Computer as a drive.
    Computer Management - Disk Management does not list it as an available drive.
    Device Manager lists it as a drive - and device is working properly.

    How do I get access to the drive to recover of anything from it using any data recovery software?
     
  2. chrome57

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    It is not available, as it is not in a file system available to your operating system (it is raw or another system). Using Disk Management you can Format in NTFS and the the system will allot it a drive letter and make it available
     
  3. romenmiles

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    This drive has been running successfully for some time - if I format it again - am I going to loose all the data?
     
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