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Can't see Seagate external hard drive on Vista devices with remov

I have a Seagate external hard drive ST3200823ARK USB, wall plug-in powered. I can't see it on the "devices with removable storage" screen on 32-bit Vista notebook. It does show up on the device manager as a USB mass storage device. I tried to install the driver manually but it came back saying the optimum driver was already installed. I switched USB ports with no change.This external hard drive works fine on another computer I have with XP. Any Ideas????? I'm totally stumped.

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  • dougv52 Dec 21, 2008

    under my computer device manager it doesn't assign a letter. that's the problem. i'm also running a 4 gb cruser flash drive to take advantage of ready-boost. that works fine device manager assigns it a letter. i've tried switching them from port to port and the device manager sees it fine. even running it without the flash drive doesn't help. how do I get the device manager to assign the external hard drive a letter that's the problem? according to Seagate knowledge base this hard drive is compatable with Vista.

  • Roy Lonsinger
    Roy Lonsinger May 11, 2010

    Is it working? I mean is your computer assigning a drive letter to it? If it's listed in the device manager is it enabled?

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If the drive is not showing up in My Computer but is showing in Device Manager then you most likely need to assign a drive let you the drive. The links below will help you do this.

How to change your drive letter in Windows Vista and Windows 7

How to change your drive letter in Windows XP


Let me know if you have any more problems or questions

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