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We're going to need more information to troubleshoot, but if it's a new drive that's never been set up follow the instructions below. If these instructions aren't helpful, then please post back with more info and I'll help you further.
external hard drive likely has no partitions so Windows has no drive to mount.
Follow these steps to create and format a partition for your external
1. Press Win+R to open the Run command. 2. Type "Control" into the dialog box. 3. Double-click "Administrative Tools." 4. Double-click "Computer Management." 5. Select "Disk Management" under Storage. 6. Find the 250 GB External Hard drive in the right pane. 7. Right click on the drive and select "Create new partition". 8. After the partition is created you will need to format the partition. 9.
Format the partition as NTFS unless you plan on booting off the hard
drive, in which case format the partition as FAT32. You can also create
multiple partitions if you want. 10. Enter My Computer and you will now see your external hard drive.
I'm not sure specifically what you're asking here, but there are a couple of options:
If you just want the Hard Drive to work on your computer again (even if you lose whatever you may have had on it), you'll need to format the drive while it is hooked into your computer.
I don't know which operating system you have (XP, Vista, Windows 7) or even if you're running Windows... so these next instructions may vary:
Open "My Computer" (or "Computer" on Vista/Win7) Right-Click your Hard Drive Click "Format"
WARNING! If you format the drive, you will be erasing it completely!
In the format menu, make sure NTFS is checked and do a Quick Format.
When it is done, you should be able to browse the drive, copy files to it, etc...
When you hooked it up to your digital receiver, it may have done its own kind of format so you couldn't load movies onto the Hard Drive and move them to your computer... It's possible that it's a safety feature of your DTV... The only way to know for sure is to try it again after formatting.
Windows XP does not have built in SATA drivers. You will need to download the XP drivers from Western Digital's website and install before the computer will allow you to format and use your new drive. Hope this helps.
What is the filesystem format on your external hard drive?
there are limits on certain file systems, like maximum size of a single file in fat32 is 4gb.
let me know the filesystem on your external hard drive and i will try to consult a few friends for you.