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What is the E drive supposed to be? Hard Drive, CD/DVD ROM, Flash Drive, etc. Be sure all physical connections to the drive are secure. Make sure all software and drivers are installed for the device you are trying to connect. Also make sure all jumpers are set correctly. Go into Setup at boot and see if the drive shows up there. Go into (My Computer: Manage) and see if it is recognized. Also check in Device Manager.
Posted on Jan 12, 2009
Click START (then) RUN then type COMPMGMT.MSC into the window.
Double Click DISK MANAGEMENT and if you can view the drive which is missing...Right Click
it and scroll down to PROPERTIES then click to view status and drive letter assignment.
If you don't see it just power down your machine and disconnect power.
Open the tower and re-check your jumper settings.i.e., slave / cable select / master
Posted on Jan 12, 2009
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External hard drives not only provide additional storage space on a computer system but also allow data to be conveniently transported from one computer to another.
These drives typically plug right in to a port on the computer and function without any additional setup; however, if you are running into trouble where your external hard drive is not being detected, you must troubleshoot the situation to determine why the drive appears to be missing.
Check the USB connection running from the hard drive to your computer.
If the USB cable is not seated securely in the port, the computer will not detect the external drive.
Disconnect the USB cable from the computer and plug it into a different USB port. Occasionally, a USB port will fail to function with some hardware and changing the USB connection may correct this issue.
Switch from a USB to a Firewire cable connection, if possible.
The USB port on the hard drive may have died; if so, changing to a Firewire connection will resolve this issue.
Install the driver for the external device from the installation disc provided with the product. Older computer systems may require you to manually install this driver.
After inserting the installation CD, follow the prompts from the installation wizard to install the driver on your computer.
Restart the computer.
If you connected the external drive while the computer is powered down, it may not recognize the device when you turn on the computer.
After restarting the computer, connect the external drive to the system.
The drive should now be detected by your operating system.
Connect the external hard drive to a power source and then plug it into your PC computer using a USB or Firewire cable.
Log on to your PC computer using an account with administrative privileges.
Open the Start menu and click on the "Control Panel" icon.
Open the "Administrative Tools" folder and then double-click on the "Computer Management" icon.
Select "Disk Management" from the list of options on left side of the window.
Right-click on the drive you want your computer to recognize and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths."
Select a drive letter for the external hard drive to be recognized as and click "OK."
The drive will now appear in My Computer.
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External hard drives are plug-and-play devices used to store music, video and data files. Once the drive is connected, the computer checks its systems for the appropriate drivers, loads them, and the external drive is ready to use.
If the computer does not recognize the external drive, plug it into another computer to ensure the drive is not corrupted.
If the drive is good, a few simple steps should help re-enable the drive for use.
Switch the power button to "off."
Disconnect the power cord from any extension cords or power strip, then re-seat the power cord into the hard drive.
Connect the cord directly into an outlet and power up the drive.
If the drive is powered and still not working, check the data cable.
Power down the hard drive and disconnect the data cable from the computer.
Wait 30 seconds to one minute.
Reconnect the data cable and power up the drive.
If the drive is not detected, power down the hard drive and connect the cable to a different port.
Power up the drive.
If the drive is detected but not working, check for a missing driver.
Click on the "Start" button, right-click "Computer" and select "Manage."
Enter your administrator password if requested.
Select "Device Manager" and double-click "Disk Drives."
Right-click the yellow exclamation point and install the missing driver. Close the Device Manager.
If the drive is detected but not working check to ensure it has an assigned drive letter.
Disconnect all devices connected by USB cables from the computer. Reconnect the drive's data and USB power cables directly into the computer.
Click on the "Start" button, right-click "Computer" and select "Manage." Enter your administrator password if requested.
Click on "Disk Management," right-click the external hard drive, click "change drive letter and path," and click "Add."
Assign a drive letter.
Avoid using A, B or C (C is usually assigned to the computer's internal hard drive). Click "OK" close the window.
If the drive is detected but not working, check whether the drive is in sleep mode.
Disconnect all devices connected by USB cables from the computer.
Reconnect the drive's data and USB power cables directly into the computer.
Click the "Start" button, right-click "Computer" and select "Manage."
Enter your administrator password if requested.
Select "Device Manager" and double-click "Universal Serial Bus Controllers."
Double-click the first instance of "USB Root Hub" or "Root Hub."
Check for the hard drive.
If the drive is not visible, move to the next instance of "USB Root Hub."
Continue checking each instance until the hard drive is located.
Once located, click the "Power Management" tab and uncheck the "Allow computer to turn off this device to save power" box, click "OK," then close the Device Manager.
Power the computer down, wait 30 seconds to one minute, and power the computer back up to ensure the drive is detected.
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Turn your computer on and plug the external hard drive into the computer.
Open "Computer Management" by clicking "Start," "Control Panel," "System and Security," "Administrative Tools" and "Computer Management."
Click "Disk Management" in the left pane under "Storage."
Locate your external drive from the list of hard drives connected or installed on your computer.
Right-click the drive and select "Format."
Select a file format from the drop-down menu. Choose "NTFS" if you will be using the external hard drive with a computer that uses Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP.
If you will be using the hard drive with an older version of Windows, select "FAT32."
This is a much less common format.
Click "OK" twice and your external drive is formatted. Once the drive is formatted, it is properly set up to be used with your computer.
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