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WD external hard drive not recognized

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Nyxm, Sep 11, 2010.

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  1. Nyxm

    Nyxm Thread Starter

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    I am running Windows 7 on a Compaq laptop and have a Western Digital 1TB external hard drive that I have used successfully for about a year now. I tried to use it tonight and I can't see it in My Computer. However, the safely remove icon shows up and I can see the hard drive in devices and printers. I tried uninstalling the driver and reinstalling it and rebooting, and nothing. As a last resort, I used a Linux liveCD, and WAH-LAH!! Works like the day I bought it. I hate the thought of getting out a liveCD every time I want to use the hard drive and switching the OS isn't an option. What can I do to get it to work in Windows?
     
  2. jazz3000

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    Have you done a disk check lately to make sure there are no errors in the system itself causing the issues?
     
  3. Nyxm

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    I have been using avast! antivirus and Advance System Care to keep the system "optimized". Would the disk check be covered under the Advance System Care?
     
  4. jazz3000

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    windows scan disk for errors is generally located under Properties when you right click on your C Drive.
    It's under the Tool tab, and then under the Check Now click the fix errors etc., restart and let windows go the it's blue screen where you will see it scanning and checking itself.
     
  5. Nyxm

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    I checked the disk with windows and with the utility provided with Advance System Care and both of them said there are no problems with the disk.
     
  6. Elvandil

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    Advanced System Care includes a registry cleaner that will damage and cripple your machine. It may already be responsible for this problem. It has probably already slowed down your system.

    Check the drive's condition in Disk Management. It may have a corrupted partition.

    Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management

    or go to Start > Run, and type:

    diskmgmt.msc
     
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