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Samsung m3 portable external hard drive not showing in my computer

I have recently bought the Samsung M3 Portable External Hard Drive 1TB. When I plug it into the USB port the message bubble shows up saying that it has installed successfully and is ready to use. However, it does not show up in 'My Computer' when I open it. After a bit of searching, I found it in 'Devices and Printers' (I am using Windows 7). It will not allow me to open the drive, all I can do is Eject, Create Shortcut, Troubleshoot or Properties. I have played around with it for ages and cannot find any volumes on it to put my movies, music etc onto. The guide is not helpful as all it says you need to do is just plug it in. Any help would be greatly appreciated,

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If you can's see it in Explorer go to Disk Management, right click and select option to change drive letter and allocate a letter that is not already used by other drives. No need to delete or format it, unless you really want to do it. Once you have allocated a letter to this new drive, it should show in Explorer as Samsung + your chosen drive letter.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014

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    This worked instantly.

    Thank you!

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Even though the thread is very old, I will share this here for anyone else googling this problem. I have fixed my Samsung M3 Portable HDD this way in Windows 7:
NOTE: This method will wipe any data on the HDD, if you have valuable data on it, do not proceed to do this, only proceed if you do not care about loosing data and want your HDD to work again!

1. Opened ''disk management'' (used start search bar, typed in ''disk management'' and ''create and manage hard disk partitions'' option came up, clicked it.

2. Now, the hard drive was with no name, but I could see it's size and it said it was a healthy primary partition. I guess that means it works.

3. It had only two options when I right-clicked it, properties and delete. I chose delete.

4. It then proceeded to tell me the partition was created using a different OS than windows (that is why windows did not recognise it), I ignored the message and proceeded to delete the partition.

5. Once deleted, I selected the drive this time from the bottom part of disk management, right-clicked it and chose new simple partition (using memory at this point, wording may be slightly different).

6. From here it was mainly clicking next as all settings are good by default on Windows 7, once complete, the HDD was ready to use and I could access it.

Now this may not work for everyone, but I hope this will help some of you who have the same problem since I found nothing on google myself.

Posted on Jun 14, 2014

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Try going Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management (This is for Windows 7, the process might be a little different for other Windows versions).

With any luck you will see your 1TB partition on here. You can then right click on it and select 'delete volume' if necessary, and then format it. Make sure you are formatting the correct partition.

The issue for me was that Windows did not recognise the partition on the external, and therefore was not displaying it because it assumed it was data from an unrecognised filesystem, and therefore didn't want to mess with it.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014

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    Ryan Ryan Feb 11, 2014

    Try going Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management (This is for Windows 7, the process might be a little different for other Windows versions).



    With any luck you will see your 1TB partition on here. You can then right click on it and select 'delete volume' if necessary, and then format it. Make sure you are formatting the correct partition.



    The issue for me was that Windows did not recognise the partition on the external, and therefore was not displaying it because it assumed it was data from an unrecognised filesystem, and therefore didn't want to mess with it.

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Hi, I have the same problem, did you find a solution? Many thanks

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A few things to check but assumes USB and Windows for other interfaces / operating systems (mac/ Linux) similar steps may be adapted to suit.

1. Ensure it is connected directly to the computer to a USB 2.0 port not a USB 1.0 port as this can have effects on performance and reliability

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You should also do this to cheack the drives connections are not bad inside the enclosure

Note that if you hear a drive clicking or pinging this could be the worst thing you would hear.
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If none of the above steps help look at updating the drivers from the manufacturers web site in the support section.

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