My external hard drive wont work on my laptop the light comes on so it is powered but i cant locate it anywhere to access it wen i click on the short cut it just says its unavailable
First of all, The shortcut only works if its connected and if its assighned a different port, then it wont work, so just go ahead and delete that for now.
Right click on " My Computer " and select " Manage" When that opens, select " Disk Management " and on the right side it will show all storage devices such as any plugged in pin drives or network drives or external hard drives.
You should see it there and it has a letter attached to it. I.E. C: for your main hard drive, A: for floppy if you have one, D: is normaly the CD Drive.
Depending on what you have or if your on a network, you should see your hard drive, probably as E: or something different.
If you have had alot of different storage devices connected or network drives, it could be that the drive letter its trying to give your Hard drive has already been issued to something else.
on the right, select the external drive ( be sure thats it, dont go changing you C: drive by mistake )
right click and select ( Change Drive letter )
Then change it to something you know isnt in use like Z: or W:
apply, close and windows should recognize the drive and you should have access to it.
If not, come back and we can go from there.
Dec 01, 2008 |