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My computer won't recognize my ComStar 320GB External Hard Drive

Please help...I have a very small amount of memory on my internal hard drive so i went out and purchased an external one. It is a ComStar Platinum USB 2.0 320GB External Hard Drive and I have been using it sucessfully, with no problems for a year, then just out of the blue my WHOLE system crashes and my screen goes black and my computer wouldn't restart. When I finally got my computer back up and running, my external hard drive doesn't even register...it's like it's not even there. Now i can't access ANY of the programs that are installed on it...but neither can i uninstall these programs to reinstall them in my C: drive. Everytime i try to open one of these programs I get the error message ''INVALID DRIVE F:/''

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  • thumper83 Dec 16, 2008

    if i have to reformat the external hard drive that's fine, if that's what i have to do....but if my computer won't recognize it, how do i go about doing that? it's like it doesn't even exist, like it's not even connected to my computer. and i can't uninstall the programs to reinstall them elsewhere!

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Well hmm i would have to say you need to reformat it which you probably dont want to do but this is what i can say the best to do but if you dont want to maybe someone else can help you but im just giving the best help answer

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