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No Appearance of external hard drive or symbol on My Computer

My Computer does not recognise external hard drive though I have connected directly to USB ports.

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  • pet3rnD13 Sep 09, 2008

    I have the exact same problem, the red light is on. I plugged it in directly but my computer, and other computers do no realize that my harddrive is plugged in at all, any help would be appreciated. The blue light does not go on

  • bwhicks Sep 15, 2008

    red light is on, but my PC doesn't recognize the device

  • ddotkalana Sep 17, 2008

    computer won't recognize hard drive-also, no c/d with h/d

  • SarahT3 Oct 11, 2008

    I have a SimpleTech Signature mini that is no longer recognized by my macbook or any of the 8 iMacs I tried to use it with.  Some forums say I can open the case and move the IDE, but I'm not sure what that is or how to do it. Any directions would be appreciated!

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Solution is found. Removed hard disc Cover and inside connecting device to hard Disc. A new hard disc cover with with internal connector to hard disc solved the problem. Warranty would not work. but with $ 15 , I solved the problem

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Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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Hese drive do not usually come partitioned and formatted (as different systems need different formatting)

to do this you need to go into logical drive management to partition the drive. (right click on my computer, select Manage then when the mangement screen comes up select logical drive manager, you should then be able to see your unpartitioned drive which you should then be able to partition and format)
if drive is not detected, remember that these devices need "powered" USB ports, which makes use on some laptops and some ports on PCs difficult as some ports are "low powered" ports, which means the drive can not draw enough current.

this can be resolved by using a "powered" USB hub, to supply the extra power.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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