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-> Is there power to the hard drive? -> Is there a pop up stating that new hardware is found, but cannot open the hard drive? Lets try something: Ok, there are a few steps that I need you to do... with your Hard drive plugged into the computer, goto: -> DESKTOP (front page of the computer) -> right click on MY COMPUTER -> left click on MAP NETWORK DRIVE -> left click on the DRIVE Z: -> now that this is open, look for an open drive (ex:O,P,Q - do not pick A,C or Z drive), so we won't wreck another drive when creating a spot for your Hard drive and remember the open drive letter, and close off this page.
Now that you have the drive letter: -> Right click on MY COMPUTER -> left click on MANAGE -> look for DISK MANAGEMENT and left click on it -> you should see Volume for SYSTEM and UNKNOWN or REMOVABLE -> right click on unknown/removable and assign/change to the drive letter from the previous task -> press ok to save
Double Click My Computer to see if you can see the removable drive. If its not there, right click my computer, manage, disk management. Look for a drive without a drive letter. Right click the drive, click on "change drive letter and parts", click on add. Choose a drive letter and click ok or apply as the case may be to get your pc to recognize your external drive.
Please confirm that the drive is indeed plugged into the computer via a USB slot. If so, the installation process should be automatic via Plug n' Play.
When you plug in a removable drive, it generally appears as a new drive in My Computer. For instance, your system drive is C:\ while CD/DVD drives will generally be D:\. In that case, your portable hard-drive will probably be E:\ or a letter further down the alphabet. It doesn't hurt to try opening each drive listed in My Computer. Since you haven't used the portable hard-drive, it should be completely empty (no files or folders inside).
If you can't find it, perhaps security software is interfering. Try disabling any security software you might have installed then plugging in the drive. Afterward go to My Computer and follow the same method outlined above of opening each drive looking for one that is empty or has a few files in it that you've never seen before.
Let me know if I can help you further. However, as mentioned, Windows Vista should install the drive automatically. Afterward you simply have to find it in, "My Computer."
your computer is probably naming it F: or something, but your PC already has a device issued to that letter.
Right-click on 'My Computer', it will open a 'Computer Management' window. On the left side, under 'Storage'.. click on 'Disk Management'. It will show some devices like your c: drive and d: drive.. does it recognize your removable hard drive?... if it does then right-click on it and choose 'Change Drive Letter'. CLick on the 'Change' button and change the drive letter to Q or X or something ...then apply it close the windows... then open Windows Explorer and see if you see your removable hard drive now.
If this is an external hard drive, what has happened is the USB interface has actually malfunctioned. I had a similar problem with a Seagate one.
If your computer is SATA capable with your present hard drive, what you have to do is actually remove the casing of the external hard drive until you come to the physical drive. It is a SATA hard drive. I removed the casing off mine because the USB interface all of a sudden died.
When I did this and plugged it into my computer, it recognized it immediately and had all of my files there. As long as none of the folders were encrypted, this goes on without a hitch.
Just take your time in removing the casing and you will be fine.
1. Place the flash drive into your usb port. You might get a autoplay window to open up. You will see Install or run program (Run launchu3.exe). Click on this which will open up the lauch pad. Once the launch pad has opened you can click on the launch pad in the tray and it will open up the removable disk.
2. Right click on your start button. Click explorer this will open up a menu of your drives. Click on the one that shows removable drive. This will open up the drive and you can now start moving files into this drive.
3. Double click on my computer located on your desktop. This will open up a menu of drives. Click the drive marked as removable drive. This will open up the drive and you can now start moving files into the drive.
Vista Machine (3 ways to access your drive)
1. Plug in the flash drive. The autoplay will open up. Click on the launchU3.exe which will open up the launch pad. Once the launch pad you can click on the launchpad in the tray and click on the removable drive.
2. When the autoplay comes up you can click on the Open Folders to view files. This will open up the drive.
3. Click on the start button menu then click on Computer. Then double click on the drive marked as Removable drive.
Your machine has a hardware problem. Open the case and blow all the dust from it. Reseat all components you can. If that does not help, remove memory and try using one memory stick at a time. Change the memory slot. If it still will not boot you either have a video card, motherboard, or power supply problem.
There are a couple removable panels on the bottom cover.Open them 1 at a time and your HDD should be in there.You'll need to unscrew the mounting bracket then pull the drive away from the attached end and then out. Good or bad,please rate my post? Bob
I'd look for tiny screws. I'm not familiar with this model, but external drives either slide into a tube-like case with a removable front and back plate, or have a removable top, similar to the case on a computer.
I'd be surprised to find that there's something hitting the fan. The wires in there are packed pretty tight. I'm guessing that the fan is dieing. You'll likely need to replace the fan. If you're lucky, it's a plug-in. More likely, it's a solder-in.
If this is under warranty, I'd call LaCie and have them fix it.
Definitely don't use it if the fan is dying. When the fan goes, the drive could be close behind.