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External HDD format

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MY PHILIPS SPD5300 EXTERNAL HDD STARTED PALYING UP FOR ALMOST A MONTHS. IT CANNOT BEEN SEEN FROM MY COMPUTER OR DISKMGMT.MSG. WHEN USED RECOVERY SOFTWARE WHICH RUNS FROM BOOT, I CAN SEE THE EXTERNAL HDD AND ALL THE FILES. NOW I HAVE BACKED UP ALL FILES AND WANT TO REFORMAT TO SEE IF I CAN USE THE DRIVE AGAIN. I CAN SEE THE DRIVE FROM DEVICE MANAGER. TRIED TO UNINSTALL AND REINSTALL BUT WITH NO POSITIVE RESULT. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME

THANK YOU
MOULI

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  • mcmouli79 Jan 17, 2009

    I have tried all of those before. May be the way i explained wasn't good enough i think.

    Problem: External HDD cannot be seen on my computer, disk manager. It is only seen under "device manager - disk drive". I cannot access any files or folders from the external HDD. When i hooked up the HDD to my PS3, the HDD works fine.

    All i need to know is what would be the problem that i could not access the external HDD on my computer and how to fix it?

    Thank you for helping me

    Mouli


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Install HDD, Bootup as normal

Rt Click My Computer, Manage, Device Manager and in the Rt side, highlight the TOP icon. Then under Help, click the Computer with magnifying glass icon and wait. This forces your OS to 'Look' for any new devices.

When it finishes looking, close the window and look under My Computer to see if your new HDD is now there. It will have to be formatted for this part to work, otherwise go back to Disk Manager, Find it, Rt Click it and choose FORMAT.

If is is formatted and doesn't pop up... go back to Disk Manager .. or Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Manager and see if it is there. You may have to Rt. Click and import it as a foreign drive or Rt click and give it a Driveletter ;-)

Windows doesn't like Any HDD without win signatures on them - aka:'foreign disks' so ANY time this happens, if OS doesn't see it, use disk manager and Import it.

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