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1TB external hard disk does not appear in XP

I have got a 1tb external HD which I installed ubuntu on. Under parttion magic it shows as Linux. I no longer want linux and want to use the disk for storage space for windows files etc. Under XP it does not show up even though it is connected. How can I use the hd for windows?

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Right click on my computer and select manage.
Go to disk administrator. Right click the drive and have it put an ntfs partition on it. It will then show up in my computer.

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I have a 1TB Hitachi HD i used on my Imac. now my son has it but he has Windows XP..How can i format this to window so he can use it. We plug the Hitachi on his comp. but do not show any help?


Connect the Hitachi
Click Start
Right-mouse click My Computer
Click Manage
Click Storage
Click Disk Management
Right-mouse click the icon for the Hitachi
Click Format
Assign a drive-letter

Done.

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When I check the volume on the drive it shows 950 G used. When I all the highlighted folder using "Properties", the total is 650 G. So, I'm missing 350 G. Where do you think it may have vanished. One day...


What format is the drive? FAT32 / NTFS / EXT3?

Have you tried using the 'Linux gparted' to see what part of the disk still needes to be formatted?

Ubuntu can be downloaded in an .iso file then put onto a cd for booting without installing.

This .iso can be got from:
http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

The 32bit version can be used on most pc's. I am using cdBurnXP to burn my disks an find it very useful.

CB

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My XP will not boot when my Hitachi 1TB External USB 2.0 drive is connected. It gets as far as showing the Pentium screen and stalls.


Its probably trying to boot from your external drive.

Go into your bios and reset your boot setting to HDD0 as your first boot device, Disk drive 0 second and floppy third, unless you want to boot from an external drive. That being the case select an appropriate order.

If the bios shows your external HDD as HDD0, then you have to work out which is the drive carrying the operating system and set that to your first boot device.

To get into the bios, watch the boot screen for a key to hit to enter setup, normally its the "DEL" key.

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Pluged my iomaga 1tb to pc but will not find it


This is an issue with iomega external drives in which the drive won't show up on My Computer as a drive. This can be verified by connecting the external drive to an Ubuntu machine and see if it's being detected. If it is then the best thing to do is reformat the drive on Ubuntu using GParted then connect back the external drive on windows. Check this link for a similar issue.

Hope this helps . . .

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I can't see the hd symbol. I have a brand new external 1TB hard disk. Windows xp recognizes the device but it doesn't show the system symbol, thus I can't write on it.


Check the Disk Management console to see if the hard disk is partitioned and formatted.
Right-click My Computer and select Manage in the popup menu.

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Mac OS X 10.4.11 SimpleDrive 1TB HD appears on Desktop only occasionally. Does not appear in Disk Utility. Have transferred files to it, light is on, plugged in, just takes several restarts to appear.


If you unplug the power and USB cables from the drive (but not the computer), plug in the power and then plug in the drive, the Mac will remount the drive on the desktop. I am having the same issue, only my old HDD used to be my TimeMachine drive and now I want my SimpleTech drive for that. The issue is that when the SimpleTech drive disappears, OS X automatically uses my old HDD for TimeMachine and all my disk space vanishes.

Very ARRGH!!!

I'm trying to find a better solution, because having to mess with the cables means it's no good for TimeMachine... and very frustrating on top of it.

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MY 1TB Western DIgital Ext Hard Drive is not recognized


Go to add new hardware wizard. This may not come with a disk if you do have a disk it will ask you to put disk in. If you do not find it there go to the HCL directory of the western digital website for installation directions.

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My external hard drive is unreadable


Does you drive make any sounds like these? If yes you have a mechanical problem and you should get a specialist to work on it. If not - try to remove the drive from USB casing and connect it directly to your PC or put into another USB enclosure. This should help if the problem is with the enclosure itself and not with the drive. 

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Lacie 1TB external hd won't mount!


check wires connecting them together first, ok?

then, turn off the LaCie, connect to your MacPro, and then turn on the drive..

that should show as a mounted drive.

need printer drivers update?

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