After initially downloading some pictures from my PC to the chip, the PC now ''does not recognize'' the chip, and I am no longer able to download anything more. The chip IS recognized by the Digital Photo Frame.
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As long as the hard drive is powered up and connected to the computer via USB cable it will show up under the "Computer Management".. Go to the control panel and click on "Administrative Tools", then on "Computer Management", now click on Disk Management in the left pane. You drives will appear in the middle pane. Scroll down until you see the drive. In the upper pane it may say something like usb drive etc., look below for it in the bottom pane. If it says that it is offline or it has not been initialized, you can right click on the name where it sayd "Disk 2" or whatever number the computer gave it and click on "Initialize". Now the computer may recognize the fact that the drive has not been initialized and give a prompt to do it and start up a wizard to help you along.Now if the drive is already initialized and it is just unallocated spece, then right click in the area to the right of the disk number and select make a new simple volume. Follow the prompts in formatting, it will only take a minute to complete. Make sure you click on fast or quick format. If you are using a MAC, make sure to format the drive to FAT32, if you are using it for a PC, then format it NTFS.
Ok, you didn't say if the drive had data or not? Anyway, if it is a drive with no data etc, you will first need to Initialize, & Format the drive before use. Is there any way you can connect it up to an "Internal" or "External" SATA port, & "See" if the drive is recognized, then at least you know the drive is OK.. Also try another USB port if available. If you know it is OK, then go to device manager and Uninstall the entire USB layer, reboot, it will re-install the USB again, with default settings, it NOW may be "Seen".
Go to the contro panel > Administrative Tools > computer management > Look in the left side pane and click on "disc management". Your drives will appear here including ones that may not be "initialized". If you see a drive that has no letter, maybe just a number like drive 03, this drive is not initialized and needs to be done if it is to be recognized by the computer. With the disc management window open, look where it lists the disc. Your main hard drive should be disc 0. If this external is connected via a usb, this disc maybe listed as disc 01 or just 1. Right below the name it will say that the disc is offline. If this is the case, right click in that gray area where the name is and click on "initialize". A series of windows will open asking you to click ok on what kind of drive it is to be used for. Just go with the choice that is already given and click ok. The drive will then be initialized and it will then be ready for formatting. Simply right click on the area next to the name that says unallocated and select format, choose ntfs file system and the size of the partition if you want to make several partitions, this is the time. then choose quick format. The drive will the make the partitions and give the partitions drive letters. Your drive is all set up.
If it comes up and says that "the device is not ready" when you try to initialize it, then the drive or the interface is bad.
My Setup: Bytecc Model ME-535 hard drive enclosure with Seagate 80GB SATA drive (ST380815AS) hard drive.
My Problem: I plugged in but didn't see anything in My Computer.
My Solution: After Windows finds your device -> Start -> Run -> compmgmt.msc -> OK -> click on Disk Management -> a pop up will ask if you want to initialize the disk, select MBR -> OK -> your disk should show up as unallocated -> right click on that disk -> New Simple Volume -> Next -> next -> Assign drive letter: E -> Next -> Format this volume NTFS with quick format -> Next -> Finish -> It takes a minute or two to finish formatting -> Now shows up in disk management as "Disk1: New Volume (E:) -> My Computer -> see E drive now and it is working!
You may not have installed the HDD correctly in the case... I had the same problem with my Thecus N1050 enclosure, the green power light on the enclosure would come on and the drive would spin up but my PC would not see the HDD!!??... I thought, becuase i could hear the drive spinning that i had it installed correctly but this wasn't the case, when i removed the enclosure again and FIRMLY pushed the HDD into the connector (all the way in) and connected it back up to my PC, it recognised it instantly. Hope this helps!
if as you say its working fine is pc accessing drive via usb and have you set the jumper to master as most external enclosures work on the device being master if you can see the hdd on pc then the laptop needs to have windows re-installed but if the pc is not showing hdd then goto control pannel and Administrative Tools and Computer Management and then Disk Management if showing here then select unallacated drive and properties and set active.
then turn of drive then turn back on and see if comes up in my computer.
only do laptop if pc has hdd viewing in my computer.
hope all goes well