Question about Buffalo Technology DriveStation HD-HC500U2 500 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive
Computer. i have checked the drive letters are ticked and they are. i have checked the usb ports with other devises ( including a pen drive that it allocates a drive letter to!).the drive seems to work ok on my laptop but not where its needed on my main computer. any ideas are most welcome
Sounds like the drive may have been formated/reformated the wrong size.
This can be troublesome to repair but there are some consumate pros around who can help you.
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Posted on May 17, 2009
right click on my computer click manage, then in the new screen click on disk management, can you see the device there? if so right click on it and click delete partition, then after right click and make a partition and format it with a quick format, this should then show it in mycomputer ,this will delete all data on the hard drive!
Posted on Jul 02, 2009
Some usb input ports on dvd players, projectors, etc. have a limit to what size it will read from. Right now it's usually 4 gb to 32 gb.
Posted on Apr 03, 2010
An external storage-device has four major components:
* the USB cable
* the power-adapter
* the disk-drive inside the enclosure
* the USB-to-disk-drive adapter inside the enclosure.
One of these components has failed.
Try a different USB cable.
Try connecting to a different USB port on your computer.
Try connecting to a USB port on a different computer.
Take a "multi-meter" and measure both the voltage and amperage output from the AC adapter, and compare with the specifications on the label on the adapter.
Open the enclosure, and remove the disk-drive, and then connect it as a "slave" disk-drive in a desktop computer, to see if it works at all.
Purchase a new, compatible, disk-drive, and install it in the enclosure, to "revive" your external storage device.
Get the part-number and serial-number from the label on your disk-drive, and access the manufacturer's web-site, and use "check warranty status", to see if they will replace the device, at minimal cost to you.
There exist commercial "data recovery" services that can try to repair your device, just long-enough to rescue and copy your files.
For example, see: https://services.seagate.com/index.aspx?lng=en-US for a "no data - no charge guarantee".
Posted on Nov 11, 2010
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1. Right click on My Computer and choose Manage.
2. Navigate to Disk Management and check to see if the drive is appearing as a drive.
3. If it is showing as unallocated, right-click on it and Partition the drive.
4. If it is showing as formatted and healthy, right-click on it, choose 'change Drive Letter and Path' to assign a drive letter.
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