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How to maintain your hard drive and check for bad sectors and errors

  1. Go to the Start Menu and choose My Computer
  2. Right click on the drive you want to check. I always check C: drive as it is my main drive.
  3. Choose Properties from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on the Tools tab
  5. Here you can press check now to scan your hard disc for errors.
  6. A box will appear with some choices. Choose to let Windows fix errors automatically.
  7. Then press start.
  8. When it is finished scanning a report will appear.

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Windows cannot see external HDD


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Install a My Book External Hard Drive

Installing a My Book external hard drive will add additional hard drive storage to your computer. The My Book external hard drive is easy to install and can be moved between computers so that you always have your information at your fingertips.
If you are thinking about an external hard drive, the My Book is a great choice because of how easy it is to install and transport, if necessary.

Meet the requirements for using the My Book external hard drive on your computer.
It is adaptable with Windows Vista, XP and 2000. For a Mac, it is adaptable with Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later.
Take the external hard drive out of the box and inspect it.
It should be in good condition with no flaws in the exterior.
Plug the AC adapter into an outlet. Connect the other end into the external drive.

Plug in the USB connection to the My Book external hard drive on the back in the USB port.
Plug in the other end of the USB connection to the open USB port on your laptop or desktop.
The computer will recognize the My Book hard drive right away.

Access the hard drive by clicking the "Start" button at the bottom of your screen.
When the window opens, click on "My Computer."
Under "Devices With Removal Storage" you will see the external hard drive.
Double-click the icon to open a window to display any contents stored on this hard drive.


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Access an Inaccessible Drive

You can gain access to a working hard drive that is inaccessible when the system starts and assign it a drive letter under the Windows Explorer interface.
Or, you can import foreign disks into Windows or create a partition and format them.
You can scan a drive for bad sectors or lost clusters and repair the system files to allow access to a corrupted drive.
In short, you can utilize the drives as they were intended to be used by completing some operating-system configuration steps that are occasionally required for some drive installations.

Click "Start" (the Windows Orb) and "Computer" to access the Windows Explorer screen. Right-click on the inaccessible drive and choose "Properties" from the context menu.
Click the "Tools" tab and click "Check Now" under the Error-Checking section.
Select both check boxes to allow the system to automatically fix file-system errors and to scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.
Allow the system to run the scan the next time the system is booted.
Restart the computer to complete the scan and check for access after the scan completes.
Click "Start" (Windows Orb) and "Computer" to access the Windows Explorer screen.
Right-click on the inaccessible drive and choose "Properties" from the context menu.
Click the "Security" tab and click "Edit" to change permissions for the drive.
Click "Users" from the Group or User Names section.
Check the "Allow" box for full control and check for access after the settings are saved.
Click "Start" and "Control Panel" and then click "Administrative Tools" and double-click "Computer Management" to launch the utility.
Click "Disk Management" to display a list of all detected drives in the system.
Right-click in the left column of the inaccessible drive and click "Import Foreign Disk" to allow the system to convert the disk signature to a local disk.
Check for access after the settings are saved.
Click "Start" and "Control Panel" and then click "Administrative Tools" and double-click "Computer Management" to launch the utility.
Click "Disk Management" to display a list of all detected drives in the system.
Right-click in the right column of the inaccessible disk and choose "Change Drive Letters and Path."
If no letter exists, click "Add" and assign a drive letter from the list of available letters.
If a drive letter is listed, click "Change" and select a new letter to eliminate any conflicts with other devices in the system.
Check for access after these settings are in place, which may require a restart of the system.
Click "Start" and "Control Panel" and then click "Administrative Tools" and double-click "Computer Management" to launch the utility. Click "Disk Management" to display a list of all detected drives in the system. Right-click in the right column of the inaccessible disk and choose "New Simple Volume" to create a partition and format it for use.
Click "Next" when the New Simple Volume Wizard appears.
Click "Next" to accept the maximum size for the drive.
Click "Next" to accept the suggested drive letter assignment.
Click "Next" to format the volume with the suggested defaults or change them if desired.
Click "Finish" to format the drive and make it accessible to the operating system.
Restore a Drive That Is Not Accessible
Microsoft Windows operating systems support a large number of file system formats including FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS.
Hard drives are typically formatted with either FAT32 or NTFS, both of which can be used for years without issues.
Damage can occur to the file system through a sudden power outage, malicious software or lack of maintenance, rendering the drive unreadable or inaccessible.
Run the Chkdsk utility in Windows to resolve file system corruption and restore access to the hard drive.

Select the "Start" or "Globe" button and then click "Programs." Click "Accessories" and then right-click the command line icon in the menu that appears.
Click "Run as Administrator" in the drop down menu that appears.
The command prompt will display.
Enter "chkdsk C: /F" substituting the "C:" with the letter assigned to the drive that cannot be accessed, and then tap the "Enter" key.
Enter "Y" and tap the "Enter" key if a message appears that states "Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)."
Let the disk scan run and fix the drive, or if the scan does not start, reboot and let the scan run and repair the drive.

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Enable Drive Letter View

Click the "Start" button and choose "Control Panel" from the start menu.
Click "Folder Options" and navigate to the "View" tab.
Scroll down and place a mark next to "Show drive letters," then click "OK."

Configuring Drive Manager

Click the "Start" button to launch the start menu.
Right-click "Computer" and choose "Manage" from the menu.
Click "Storage" in the menu on the right side to extend the section.
Click "Disk Management" under the "Storage" header.
This will show you a list of drives and removable storage on your computer.
It will also report the status of the drives, such as "Healthy."
If the removable storage does not have a drive letter or has a drive letter in conflict with another drive, you can assign it a new letter.
Right-click the icon of your removable storage drive and click "Change Drive Letter and Paths."
Click the "Change" button, then choose a drive letter from the drop-down menu.
Select a letter that is near to the end of the alphabet to prevent drive overlap issues.
Click "OK" to allow the changes to take place.
You should now see the removable storage listed with your other drives on the "My Computer" screen.

Sep 06, 2013 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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how to make a local disk d in compuer


Step 1:
Click the "Start" button and choose "Control Panel" from the start menu. Click "Folder Options" and navigate to the "View" tab. Scroll down and place a mark next to "Show drive letters," then click "OK." b> Configuring Drive Manager b> Click the "Start" button to launch the start menu. Right-click "Computer" and choose "Manage" from the menu. Click "Storage" in the menu on the right side to extend the section. Click "Disk Management" under the "Storage" header. This will show you a list of drives and removable storage on your computer. It will also report the status of the drives, such as "Healthy." If the removable storage does not have a drive letter or has a drive letter in conflict with another drive, you can assign it a new letter. Right-click the icon of your removable storage drive and click "Change Drive Letter and Paths." Click the "Change" button, then choose a drive letter from the drop-down menu. Select a letter that is near to the end of the alphabet to prevent drive overlap issues. Click "OK" to allow the changes to take place. You should now see the removable storage listed with your other drives on the "My Computer" screen.

Feb 20, 2013 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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external hard drive won't show up on my computer


Enable Drive Letter View b> Click the "Start" button and choose "Control Panel" from the start menu. Click "Folder Options" and navigate to the "View" tab. Scroll down and place a mark next to "Show drive letters," then click "OK." b> Configuring Drive Manager b> Click the "Start" button to launch the start menu. Right-click "Computer" and choose "Manage" from the menu. Click "Storage" in the menu on the right side to extend the section. Click "Disk Management" under the "Storage" header. This will show you a list of drives and removable storage on your computer. It will also report the status of the drives, such as "Healthy." If the removable storage does not have a drive letter or has a drive letter in conflict with another drive, you can assign it a new letter. Right-click the icon of your removable storage drive and click "Change Drive Letter and Paths." Click the "Change" button, then choose a drive letter from the drop-down menu. Select a letter that is near to the end of the alphabet to prevent drive overlap issues. Click "OK" to allow the changes to take place. You should now see the removable storage listed with your other drives on the "My Computer" screen.

Dec 29, 2012 | Imation Apollo Expert D200 1. 0 Tb...

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computer does not read device


The hardware that you are trying to access is damaged or failing.


The device drivers for the hardware are faulty or incompatible.


There is a connection problem such as a bad cable

for internal hard drives


Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive IDE,SATA


the leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE HARD DRIVE make sure they have a

secure dust free connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty if its a flat 40pin ide


this will be the first to fail


make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty


or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs power and data to travel through every working device and continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error

for usb drives


click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager scroll through all of your devices


if you see a yellow question or exclamation mark ? ! or a red X you will need to update the drivers for this device right click select update driver/reinstall driver


if you can see your usb device but its not working scroll to Ports(Com&Ltd) right click to update driver


if you computer came with a motherboard disk the drivers could be on it

or if its a drive letter issue

Enable Drive Letter View


Click the "Start" button and choose "Control Panel" from the start menu.


Click "Folder Options" and navigate to the "View" tab.


Scroll down and place a mark next to "Show drive letters," then click "OK."


Configuring Drive Manager


Click the "Start" button to launch the start menu.


Right-click "Computer" and choose "Manage" from the menu.


Click "Storage" in the menu on the right side to extend the section.


Click "Disk Management" under the "Storage" header. This will show you a list of drives and removable storage on your computer.


It will also report the status of the drives, such as "Healthy."


If the removable storage does not have a drive letter or has a drive letter in conflict with another drive, you can assign it a new letter.


Right-click the icon of your removable storage drive and click "Change Drive Letter and Paths."


Click the "Change" button, then choose a drive letter from the drop-down menu. Select a letter that is near to the end of the alphabet to prevent drive overlap issues.


Click "OK" to allow the changes to take place.

You should now see the removable storage listed with your other drives on the "My Computer" screen.







hope this helps

Nov 12, 2012 | Sony Computers & Internet

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