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Re: Help with External USB HArd Disk
yes, there are ways you can do both. if you want to lock a folder there are several programs online that you can use to do so. for example a software called folder lock. http://www.newsoftwares.net/folderlock/ this program will create a folder that can be locked.
if you want to hide the entire partition the try some thing like storagecrypt (this software can do both locking and hiding) http://www.magic2003.net/
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hi your hard disk got problem but check in control panel > administrator tools> disk managment if there is any drive that not formated you lost your partition or got viruses otherwise your hard disk physically is damaged
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 hdd.
Right-mouse click My Computer
Expand the Storage branch
Click Disk Management
Click Disk Management (local)
Click to create a partition on the drive, and to assign a drive-letter.
In XP Start > Control Panel > Administrative tools > Computer manager then on the left click disk managment, you will see your 250gb drive as drive0 most likly with partition C and beside it you should see unallocated space, you can right click this unallocated space and format it, then right click again and click make partition active.
It sounds like your OS (windows XP+, I presume, as it's NTFS) is reading the wrong partition information from the hard disk.
Use this (free) partition software to delete all partitions on the external drive (and make VERY sure that it's pointing at the external, and not your main hard disk!). http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm ...so delete all partitions; make a new one and see if that is 250 GB. If yes, format. Sorted. If no, you could try editing the partition table directly with this: ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/tools/pq/utilities/PTEDIT32.zip ...you'll again have to be careful you're working on the right hard disk. To use this, you'll need to know the number of heads, cylinders etc. This data might be on a label on the disk (inside the external drive case), or you might be able to get it from the disk's manufacturer; either on their website or by emailing their tech support.
If editing the partition table doesn't work, or if the numbers keep reverting/changing, then it's highly likely that the hard disk is stuffed. Only thing to do then is replace the hard disk in the external case (make sure you swap for the same type: IDE for IDE and SATA for SATA); or explore your warranty options.
I have experience this error recently.
Normally these drive with high capacity like yours need to be installed with usb 2.0 cable and connected to a usb port that support usb2.0
Check if your motherboard support this.
Also if you are using an extension cable or a usb port hub try to bypass this and connect directly to the mainboard at the back
One thing more
At times new Hard disk need to be formatted, so go throught disk managemnent and locate your disk to create partition and format the Hard disk.
If you need more help
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I will be glad to help you for further problem.
One thing you can do is to check your Usb port with another device eg: a usb pen or usb printer.
yes, there are ways you can do both. if you want to lock a folder there
are several programs online that you can use to do so. for example a
software called folder lock. http://www.newsoftwares.net/folderlock/ this program will create a folder that can be locked.
you want to hide the entire partition the try some thing like
storagecrypt (this software can do both locking and hiding)
You most likely need to delete the partition on your external hard drive, then create a new one and format it again. You will lose the data on your external hard drive.
1. Go to the Control Panel, click on Administrative Tools, click on Computer Management, then Disk Management. (You will need Administrators rights to carry out the following tasks)
2. On the lower Right Panel select the External drive, this will be displayed as Disk 1, Right click on this drive (MAKE SURE YOU DON"T SELECT THE C: DRIVE which will be displayed as Disk 0)
and then Delete the partition.
3. This drive should then be Unallocated, Right Click on this drive and create a New Partition.
4. Then select Primary partition.
5. Check that the maxium disk size matches close to 240000(MB) you about 10+MB in the formating process
6. Click Assign the following drive letter (let the computer select this.
7. Chick Format the partition with the following settings
File System = NTFS
Allocatin unir size = Default
Volume label = "name of your choice eg. BACHUP DATA"
DON'T TICK Perform a quick format & Enable file & folder compression
8. Click Finish