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You can't put your external drive like a default at least that your bios allow to this drive to boot your computer.

The answer to this question depends on your BIOS. Check the manual that came with your computer
for information, or look in the BIOS setup screen (usually accessed by pressing some function key at the beginning of the boot sequence) to see what options you can set regarding boot order.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008

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Cant detect hdd


Hi Martin...

The problem is being caused by the Logical Disk Manager
Administrative service and possibly the logical Disk Manager service
not being started or the services might be disabled. to solve the
problem, click on the "Start" menu, click the "Run" command, and then type
in the box: services.msc , scroll down until you see both the above services.
right click on each of the services about and select properties, on the
general tab, change the startup type to "automatic" and click the start
button under the service status. do this for both of the services, and
that should will fix your problem."
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For Windows 2000 and XP:
Right click on My Computer.
Choose Manage (This will open the Computer Management window).
Go to the Storage category and select Disk Management
Right click the new drive (usually listed as Hard Disk 1) and "initialize"
You now have the option to partition and format the drive.
The default settings of Primary Partition and NTFS- Quick Format are recommended for most users.

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External hard drive can not be recognized, are more common on computer
failures, what's the reason caused this failure?
1, Setting the CMOS parameters
If you never used the USB external device, there may occur the case:
The system can not detect USB hard drive even if the driver is properly
installed, which was mainly due to the motherboard CMOS default port is closed, if not set to
open state, it naturally Windows can not detect the external hard drive. In order to solve this
problem, we can re-boot into the CMOS settings, and set "Assign IRQ For USB" to "Enable" in
"PNP / PCI CONFIGURATION" column, now the system can be assigned to the USB port available
interrupt address.
2, Power shortage
As the USB drive need to consume some power when it at work, if directly through the USB interface
to take power, the power supply may be not enough. Thus, almost all of the external hard drive
comes with a separate external power supply or a PS2 keyboard to take power transfer interface,
at this time you should connect external power supply or through the transfer cable ps2 connected
to keyboard to ensure that it have provided adequate power to the external hard disk,
recommended that you should ensure the external hard drive have adequate power supply when you
use it, otherwise, the external hard disk is likely to be damaged due to insufficient power
supply.
3, USB extension cable fault
USB interface type does not match the external hard disk interface ,this case caused it can not
be used. For example the standard USB interface of the computer configuration is 1.1, while the
external hard drives purchased are USB 2.0, which requires the cable connected computers and
external hard disk must support USB 2.0 standard. Because high-speed mobile device plug in a
low-speed hub, the device may not be properly installed, and some people use external hard disk
while using USB flash drives, For convenience, they directly used USB 1.1 standard cable that
supplied by USB flash drives, as a result, the USB 2.0 standard hard drive not be recognized
correctly. Just replace it by the USB 2.0 standard cable can solve this problem.
4, Windows version is too low
Pre-Windows 98 operating system does not support USB peripherals, so in any case to install the
driver, set the CMOS parameters are unable to make normal use of external hard disk. In this
case, one solution is to upgrade the operating system up to Windows 98, another way is to
Microsoft's official site, download the appropriate patch to make it can identify mobile hard
disk.
5, The system is set incorrectly
When installed driver, the external hard disk icon will be seen on the Device Manager for some
Windows 98 users, but the Explorer does not include the corresponding letter identification,
which is improper system settings. In the Device Manager, double-click the Hard Drive icon, and
click the pop-up window in the "Properties" button, and you could see disconnect, could be
deleted, synchronous data transmission and Int 13 unit four options, of which "could be deleted "
is no tick in front of the system, and simply check this option to restart your computer, you can
see in the Explorer, the new external hard disk drive letter.
While the failure of the external hard disk does not recognized are more the reasons, but
generally not the USB interface or external hard disk's own fault, so it requiring us to consider
some more from around the association when exclude it, I believe you can successfully use the
external hard disk.
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Hi I had the same problem and solved it like this assuming that you are running windows xp

With your external casing powered-up (it does not get power through USB does it?) and your WinXP
PC running, plug in the USB.
You should hear 'chime', what happens then?
If harddisk is recognised here, but does NOT have a drive-letter and cannot be seen in Windows
Explorer, the answer is in Windows Disk Management
...
Go Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management. ( on left column)
Maximize this page. Physical Drives appear at the bottom; Logical Drives at the top.
Hopefully your drive will appear at the bottom (physically), you must then 'import' it into the
Windows installation
; Windows will put its 'signature' on the drive and assign it a logical drive letter :^)
you can try to format it here if it is new and has no info on it , check back to My computer and see if present.

Mar 20, 2013 | IBM FRU PN 49P1599 Desktop Motherboard

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Restoring your iTunes Library backup


When you need to restore your backed up iTunes Library from your external hard drive to your computer, follow these steps:

Quit iTunes.
Locate your external hard drive.
Mac: On the Desktop or Finder sidebar.
Windows: In My Computer

Drag the iTunes folder (backed up earlier) from your external hard drive to whatever location you desire on your internal hard drive. It is recommended that you choose the default location for the iTunes folder, which is:

Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music
Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
Windows Vista or Windows 7: \Users\username\My Music\
Open iTunes while holding down the Option key (Mac) or Shift key (Windows).

In the resulting dialog, click the Choose Library button.

Select the iTunes folder you just moved to the internal hard drive.
Click Choose.

on Apr 15, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Make a back up of your music on an external Hard Drive or Flash Drive


Copy iTunes folder to your external hard drive
To copy all the items in your iTunes library (including the iTunes Library file that holds all your playlists, playcounts, ratings, and other data) to your external hard drive, follow these steps:

Quit iTunes.
Locate your external hard drive.
Mac: On the desktop or Finder sidebar.
Windows: In My Computer
Locate your iTunes folder:
By default, the iTunes folder is located in:
Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music
Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\
Windows Vista or Windows 7: \Users\username\My Music\
If the iTunes folder is not in the default location listed above then you can find where the iTunes folder is located by following these instructions:

Open your iTunes Preferences:
Mac: Choose iTunes > Preferences.
Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences.
Click Advanced.
The location of your iTunes folder will be listed in iTunes Media folder location box, as pictured below.


Drag the iTunes folder to your external hard drive. This can take a while if you have a lot of items.


When the transfer is complete, your iTunes Library will have been successfully copied to your external hard drive.

on Apr 15, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Hard drive from my xp computer, added as external hdd to new windows 7 pc, need to get ' permission


umm xp used a completely different kind of hard drive and may not be compatible with the windows 7 environment I gather you might be trying to import the old data from that xp drive and use it on the new machine, correct? what is model number of new computer if this in fact is the case.

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Can i use an external hard drive to run an operating system (XP)


Yes. You can run an OS from an external hard drive. You have to install the OS to the External hard drive and will have to boot from the USB. I have tried that for Fedora Linux OS but not for XP. Basically all Operating systems boots up in the same manner. So definitely, its possible with windows XP also.

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How do i get my computer to use my external hard drive which i just installed


Which Operating system are you currently using? By default XP/Vista/7 should have generic drivers sufficient for using the device as external storage, To Check and make sure the drive is being properly recognized simply double click on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop if using windows XP. Or in Vista/Windows 7, click on the Start Button and then scroll over to Computer and Click. the hard drive should be listed in there. Take note of the drive letter . If you'd like to save items to it simply save to the new drive ( when within the program of your choice, Word, Windows Media Player etc ) by selecting the new drive in the "Save To" Window. ( Be Default most windows systems should store all information on the C:\ Drive ) your new external drive should be listed with a different letter ( F:\ G:\ etc )

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When I try to back up my computer files for Windows Vista using a Toshiba 320GB capacity portable external hard drive I receive the message that I need a ntfs drive. Can my external drive be converted to...


Yes, it can:
Before you begin, connect your external hard drive.
To format the drive with NTFS
1.
Log on to your computer as an administrator.
2.
Click on the Vista Orb right-click Computer, and then click Manage.
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Under Storage, click Disk Management.
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If the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard appears, click Next. If the wizard does not appear, skip to step 8.

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On the Select Disks to Initialize page, click Next.
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On the Select Disks to Convert page, click Next.

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On the Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard page, click Finish.

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Right-click your external drive (which will probably be drive E or drive F), and then click Format.
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In the Format dialog box, type a name for your external hard drive, such as Backup Drive. Then, click OK.

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Click OK again.

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I bought a iomega external hard drive from future shop a few months ago. I was using windows XP. I recently bought a windows vista. It does not recognize this external hard drive. It is asking for...


do you have a drive for your external hard drive when you bought it? windows vista is very delicate operating system. some manifacture products can't not be recognized by windows vista.

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Windows does not recognize new My Book external Hard Drive.


simply it needs a driver...u must install the driver of ur external hard drive in order windows can recognize it...

chaw

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How to transfer files and programs etc..using Seagate 500 GB..


Hi,

I understand that you are trying to move data from your computer to an external hard drive.

You can just copy and paste the files like Music, Pictures to the external movies when it is connected to the computer. The hard drive owuld be listed as an removable storage device icon in the My Computer window if you are using windows XP.

However, we cannot just copy and paste the programs in the hard drive. You need the installation files to be copied to the external hard drive, if you want them to eb backed up.

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