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USB External HDD not detected

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by nazman, Nov 9, 2007.

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  1. nazman

    nazman Thread Starter

    Nov 9, 2007
    I have an external USB Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

    I have loads of data on it.

    I was using win ra and extracted some files.

    I then went up a directory to the root directory of my external USB Hard Disk Drive, and noticed some system information or system volume files, like an idiot i thought i'd not put them there so i deleted them, not when i plug my drive in it is not available, my system beeps to indicate it has detected an new device, however it is not shown in MY COMPUTER, not on Device manager,

    Anyone got any idea on how i can fix this, and yes before anyone else mentions this i am aware it was pretty stupid to delete the file in the first place.

    Many Thanks in advance.:confused:
  2. Bigfella


    Nov 10, 2007
    Hi there should be some software out there to retrive partitions on the internet but I am not aware that you can rid your self of partitions by deleting files on the disk and if you can I am realy surprised windows actualy let you. Are you running a bata version.

    This may be a little insulting but is it pluged in correctly?
    Is the hard disk (not the hd case) listed in the device manager?
    Have you tried turning it of at the switch and on again a few times? you have to wait for it but I find with mine that fixes it all the time.
    Have you moved your hard disk recently or bumped it?
    do the lights come on and if so do they flicker?
    Can you discribe the sound the hard disk makes when it starts up or record it?

    After you answer these few questions I and others will be able to tell you whats wrong. I doubt it was the files you deleted but if it was and you don't mind loosing the files.

    go to the control panal.
    click on administrative tools ( it may be called something else. it has lots of administrative tools in it so I thought It might be called that.) both vista and xp have this but you will have to switch to classic mode if you havent already done so.
    disk management is the program you want for making new partitions and its relatively simple to use. If you cant find a tutorial on the net for it and cant wing it you may ask me.
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