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Hard Drive wont open

My (D) drive on my computer (we have 2 storage drives (C) & (D)) wont open. when i click to open or explore it i get the message "open with..." and a list of programs. we have recently had a virus on our comp and i just did another scan and got another two infected file which are now in the "chest" as avast calls it. it is only (D) drive which wont open but there is a new CD drive (I) which isn't normaly there.

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  • Mitch_Hill Sep 24, 2008

    Does anyone know how to fix this? i can still get to the drive through "run d:\" but i would like to fix this problem

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"open with..." and a list of programs"
or browse ....
Browse to
open with explorer

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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.

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I attempted to install this in my computer using a SATA to IDE converter cable. Dos picks up the harddive, but windows doesn't seem to show it anywhere. I attempted to use the WD format program, but it...


  1. When you install a hard drive, it must be activated, partitioned, and formatted. Open your Start Menu, then open the Control Panel.
  2. Open the Administrative Tools control panel.
  3. Open Computer Management.
  4. Select Storage > Disk Management.
  5. Find your new drive, right click on the drive and partition and format your drive to see it in Explorer.

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How can i format write protected usb?


You will have to be the computer administrator to change any values on any hard drive

click start control panel user accounts you should see a box with the administrator and the guest account if you have made one click on the administrator this may vary depending on which operating system you have

click start click to open on my computer you should see your hard drive usually C: right click select properties there will be an array of options select the security tab option then advanced make sure you have full control in windows 7
If you are running a Windows XP OS then you might be able to:
- click start right click on my computer select open
- Right click the icon of your Flash Drive (It should be F:/ or something)
- Click Properties in the menu that comes up
- Click the Sharing tab
- Click permissions
- And finally, click Allow next to Full Control.
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click start click on my computer to open you should see your drive
another way
click start all programs accessories open windows explorer click on my computer you should see your drive click to open it also right click select send to desktop to make shortcut
click start click on my computer you should see your 4 GB data it might be listed as a mass storage device
right click then select format
another way is to control panel administrive tools computer management disk management right click on your -GB data traveller select format
hope this helps

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How I can open this external hard drive


Window:
1. Connect the drive to your computer
2. Go to My Computer
3. Double-click the external drive (it should be listed under "Devices with Removable Storage")
4. Explore and use your hard drive

Mac:
1. Connect the drive to your computer
2. Double-click the external drive (it should be on your desktop)
3. Explore and use your hard drive

Hope this helps!

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I purchased two identical hard drives. (MyBook Essentials 2T) The first one works fine, the second, loads the driver and says it is now ready to use, but when I look for it, it is not there. (Show...


What may be happening is it's conflicting drive letters.
Try this.. Plug in the drive. Right click on My Computer, choose Manage. Go to Disk Management under Storage.

Look for the WD drive there, it may have no drive letter associated with it. That would be the problem. Right click on the drive entry and choose Change Drive letter. Pick a Letter.

Exit out and open windows explorer and the drive should now show up.

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I have a Maxtor 3100 100gb external HD and tried to backup my computer and it would only backup 4gb. I got a message that if the HD is formatted in FAT32 it would only backup 4gb. I need to backup about...


1. Please connect you external HD to your computer
2. Fat32 can only handle a limited amount of data
3.Go to the Control Panel
4. Open up Administrative Management
5. Open Computer Management
6. Open Disk Management
7. In the denter panel you will see your Maxtor expressed
8. Right click on the drive
9. Click format
10. Choose NTFS
if not given the coice, it will usually format to NTFS anyway, but get smart, explore Disk Management and make sure
11. I'm giving a general scenario across 3 different Windows OS Sytems
12. When you tell us your exact Operating System, we can be more helpful

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When connected by USB cable removable hard disk does not appear in Windos Explorer. However, on other peoples PCs, the disk is visible.


your computer is probably naming it F: or something, but your PC already has a device issued to that letter.

Right-click on 'My Computer', it will open a 'Computer Management' window. On the left side, under 'Storage'.. click on 'Disk Management'. It will show some devices like your c: drive and d: drive.. does it recognize your removable hard drive?... if it does then right-click on it and choose 'Change Drive Letter'. CLick on the 'Change' button and change the drive letter to Q or X or something ...then apply it close the windows... then open Windows Explorer and see if you see your removable hard drive now.

good luck.

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I cannot open my usb mass storage device


any error when you plung it on? if not and you use try to go to my computer and right click on the device and click explore (usually this works if you're pc is infected with viruses).

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How do I get started using a USB flash drive and how do I set up a security system?


hey, heres something that would help u:  Copying files to a flash drive on a PC:
  1. Open My Computer and see which drives are shown. Most computers, for example, have a hard disk such as a C: drive and a few removable storage devices such as a floppy drive, a CD-ROM drive, and perhaps a zip drive. 
  2. Insert the flash drive into the USB port and watch to see where the USB flash drive appears. Most will appear as removable storage, but some will instead appear as hard drives. Note the name Windows is using to refer to the flash drive ("Removable Disk (G:)," for example).
  3. Open My Documents or the location from which you want to transfer files to the flash drive. Select the files or folders you want to save to the flash drive by left-clicking on them. To select more than one, hold down the CTRL key while you click and select all of the files you wish to save. 
  4. Right-click on the file(s) or folder(s) you selected, then select Send to, then select the name you saw appearing in My Computer for the flash drive ("Removable Disk (G:)," for example).
  5. When the copying is finished, do not immediately remove the flash drive from the USB port. Instead, left-click on the Remove Hardware icon toolbar.gif located in the System Tray. A window containing a list of the USB devices will appear. Left-click on the Safely Remove Mass Storage Device line that matches your flash drive (for example, Safely Remove Mass Storage Device - Drive(G:)). 
  6. When you see the following message appear in the bottom left toolbar, it is, as it says, safe to remove the flash drive from the USB port; you may close the message or ignore it, as it will close itself automatically:
    ok_msg.gif
Copying files from a flash drive on a PC:
  1. Open My Computer and see which drives are shown. Most computers, for example, have a hard disk such as a C: drive and a few removable storage devices such as a floppy drive, a CD-ROM drive, and perhaps a zip drive. 
  2. Insert the flash drive into the USB port and watch to see where the USB flash drive appears. Most will appear as removable storage, but some will instead appear as hard drives. Note the name Windows is using to refer to the flash drive ("Removable Disk (G:)," for example).
  3. Double-click on the flash drive to locate the file(s) or folder(s) you want to copy to this computer. Select the files or folders you want to copy by left-clicking on them. To select more than one, hold down the CTRL key while you click and select all of the files or folders you wish to copy. 
  4. Right-click on the files or folders you have selected and choose Copy.
  5. Open My Documents or the location to which you want to transfer files from the flash drive. 
  6. Click on the Edit menu, then select Paste.
  7. When the copying is finished, do not immediately remove the flash drive from the USB port. Instead, left-click on the Remove Hardware icon toolbar.gif located in the System Tray. A window containing a list of the USB devices will appear. Left-click on the Safely Remove Mass Storage Device line that matches your flash drive (for example, Safely Remove Mass Storage Device - Drive(G:)). 
  8. When you see the following message appear in the bottom left toolbar, it is, as it says, safe to remove the flash drive from the USB port; you may close the message or ignore it, as it will close itself automatically:
    ok_msg.gif                                      =========================================================

For the security system setup go through the following link .. http://www.rohos.com/configuring_usb_stick_logon.htm

if u require some other sort of security system let me know.
cheers

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