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My iomega hard drive doesnt appear under my computer, it appears in dev. mgr but cannot assign a letter. Windows makes a sound to recognise its there, its says usb recognised and ready to go. just cant find it. tried different cables, different pcs, different op. systems... any help would be appreciated.. : (

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  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    ive tried doing this, as windows 7 has no 'run' field i have right clicked my computer - entered device mgr through that. i have found the drive under disk drives - not universal serial bus controllers. there is no yellow exclamation point, the properties says the driver is upto date. - : (

  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    also it pops up when i 'safely remove hardware'... so my pc knows its there the device mgr knows its there- under disk drives but it doesnt appear in 'my computer' ...??

  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    i do appreciate all help provided : )

  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    ggrr now its not appearing in dev. mgr - what ya rekon - throw out?

  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    excuse the last one - it wasnt plugged in properly

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 24, 2013

    How are going with this ?

  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    struggling, still not going. i have been told it may need formatting, but i cant access it at all...

  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    even under computer management - its not listed...: (

  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    i have un installed the driver from dev. mgr then re plugged it back in windows has popped up to tell me that SAMSUNG USB DEVICE HM500JI SUCCESSFULLY INSTALLED.. however not appearing in my computer still

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 24, 2013

    you might need to install a usb 3 card USB 3 card will provide more power when needed to the device to gain maximum throughput and conserve power when the device is connected but is idlinghttp://blog.premiumusb.com/2010/09/usb-2... these can be purchased on Ebay cheap and easy to install http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/PCI-e-PCI-Exp... for roughly $9 or $10free postage

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 24, 2013

    have a look back in computer management again to see if its ther e you might need to allocate a letter E or F

  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    this is on laptop as well as desktop - i cant allocate a letter in computer managment as its not appearing in there.. under dev mgr it appears under disk drives - no option to allow me to change the letter..

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 24, 2013

    in device manager there should be something like a small triangle to expand expand right click on it select properties see what options are available

  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    no options - disk drive properties, says disk drives.. no other options

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 24, 2013

    you might need to install a usb 3 card USB 3 card will provide more power when needed to the device to gain maximum throughput and conserve power when the device is connected but is idlinghttp://blog.premiumusb.com/2010/09/usb-2... these can be purchased on Ebay cheap and easy to installhttp://www.ebay.com.au/itm/PCI-e-PCI-Exp... for roughly $9 or $10free postage

  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    this link has expired and i cannot find what it is im to look for. - plus im using this more on my laptop - didnt know you could add hardware such as usb cards in..

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 24, 2013

    what sort of laptop ? you might need a usb 3 card

  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    Asus K55V - has usb 3. my desktop has usb 2, and my older laptop also has usb 2

  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    its just strange it picks up in dev mgr as a disk drive, and windows recognises it when plugged in and unplugged... but it doesnt appear as a drive or anything in 'my computer'

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 24, 2013

    it might not have enough usb power to get to be recognised by your computers how big is the iomega drive ?

  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    only a 500 gb, i know this is such a big drama - but i myself like a challenge - but cannot tackle this one...i also have a 2 plug usb cable - to give it two port power , this is not working either..

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 24, 2013

    In August 2010, USB 3.0 was released to the public, allowing individuals with the connection the ability to transfer data at speeds far faster than the previous USB 2.0 and even the standard FireWire connection. However, only the latest released computers have USB 3.0 connection ports on the computer. If you want to add these ports onto your current laptop, you must install the ports yourself. Remove the cover on the PC expansion card slot of the laptop, located on the side of the computer. Push the card cover in to unlock it, then slide the card out to expose the connection. Slide the PC USB 3.0 expansion card into the open card slot. Push it in completely until the card locks into place. Insert the driver installation CD into the disc drive of the computer. Wait a moment and the driver installation wizard loads onto the screen. Click "Next," then leave the installation location and name as the current settings. Restart the computer system and the USB 3.0 connection ports become ready for use.http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/170674739679?... Laptophttp://www.ebay.com.au/itm/300666362735?... Desktop also it might be totalledhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/297694

  • aaron shane Jan 24, 2013

    my laptop has usb 3... 3 ports at usb 3 speed

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 24, 2013

    how old is iomega and how much work has it done ? has it ever been dropped or abused ?

  • aaron shane Jan 25, 2013

    brought 2/3 years back - i brought it off someone else. - this person said it was working - however they deleted absolutley everything off it. i think maybe the plug n play - or startup software preloaded also deleted.. - from what i can tell it hasnt been dropped at all - no scratches or dents or marks at all... and the drive still spins.. ..

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 25, 2013

    have you ever had it working ?http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windo...

  • aaron shane Jan 27, 2013

    no. however the person i brought it off, used it the day before.

  • aaron shane Jan 27, 2013

    i have tried manually updating the driver, through dev.mgr and it says the driver is upto date.- when i un-install it via dev mgr, plug it back in - windows pops up and says device is working properly..

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 27, 2013

    selext the drive in device manager at the top of the page you should see File Action view and help select the view tab from the drop down list view hidden devices

  • aaron shane Jan 28, 2013

    done, still nothing changed.. :( i double clicked on the drive and it brings up the device properties.. under it there is nothing in the 'volumes' tab. This is where it contains the running programmes? and device specifications??

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 28, 2013

    what is the model no. of this iomega external fard drive ?

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 28, 2013

    Does it have an external case ?

  • aaron shane Jan 29, 2013

    model # LPHD-UPC 500 GB external... small metallic case

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 29, 2013

    https://iomega-na-en.custhelp.com/app/an...

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Iomega portable hard drives connect to your computer through a USB port. When you connect the Iomega hard drive to your computer, it should pop up as an icon in your My Computer folder. If you can't find the icon in your My Computer folder then you probably need to update the driver for the device. Updating this driver is not very hard and can be done automatically from the Windows Device Manager.

Plug your Iomega hard drive into one of your computer's USB port. Click the "Start" button and go to the "Run" field. Type "Devmgmt.msc" into the Run box and press the "Enter" key. Go down to the bottom of the device manager to the "Universal Serial Bus Controller." Click on the little + (plus) sign to expand it. Look for an entry with a yellow exclamation point and click on it. Click the "Install the software automatically (Recommended)" button and then click the "Next" button. Click the "Finish" button when the installation has finished. Go to the "My Computer" folder from your "Start" menu and locate the Iomega hard drive icon. Double click the icon to gain access to the external hard drive. Hope it helps.

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Clicking sound on an external hard drive is an indication that it's quiting to work. You mentioned that it's just stopped working, you may need to check the Disk Management of your computer to see if you could still reformat it. To do this, please follow the steps below:

FOR WINDOWS XP AND VISTA:

1. Make sure that the HD is properly connected to the computer.
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