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i recently purchased an external harddrive, when i plug it into my computer, the computer detected it as an usb external hardrive but it will not show its drive letter in the My Computer area. when i tried to Safely Remove USB it had its external harddrive name written in there but no drive letter in the My Computer folder. Hope you can help. I already reformat the external harddrive..
You have to right click on "my computer", select "manager".. there you can find and select "disk management"
in disk management you can find every drive connected to your pc.
there you will also see your external drive, and you can start to identify the problem (maybe problem with drive letter allocation, filesystem type..). start by rightclicking in the row of your disk to use the contextual menu.
i know it's just a starting point.. but you definitely a need little more troubleshooting.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
A couple of possibilities:
1. Not enough power to the drive.
Does the external have its own power supply?
If not it may not get enough power from the USB bus to spin the drive up properly. Put your ear up to the drive and compare how it sounds when you have it in the desktop.
I have an external drive that has an extra connector for just that occasion. If yours does not have this , you will need to get a powered USB hub to rectify the situation.
2. Corruption on the drive. While it is plugged into the desktop , right click on the drive in explorer , go to properties , then tools and error checking. Run a scan and fix any errors.
Posted on Apr 07, 2009
First cehck whether your computer is able to recoznize other USB storage devices or not. If you see that it is not recoznizing other USB storage devices. Then you need go to your Boot Up screen, the screen that opens when you restart your PC.
Then go to the USB section and enable USB drive.
If this also does not resolve your problem, then try installing USB drivers on your PC, You can install them from the website : http://www.softwarepatch.com/tips/usb2-driver.html
I hope this resolves your problem.
Posted on Apr 20, 2010
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