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External USB Disk is installed but not visible under Mu Computer

I plugged the external USB Disk to my laptop using several USB ports and Windows installed drivers but the disk is not visible under My Computer. I also right click my computer and clicked Manage and went to Disk Management, but the disk is not there either. However when I double click the icon that pops up a message saying "safely remove hardware and right click USB Mass Storage Device and click properties. Then I can see WD Disk. How can I make this disk shown under My Computer. Thanks

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  • Jituva Mar 01, 2009

    Hi, I have the same problem, WD 120GB HDD is connected but not showing up in "MY Computer". Rebooting the PC with HDD connected did not solve the problem, Any other solution?


    Thanks,

    Jitender

  • Anonymous May 13, 2009

    manage does not solved the problem, beacause even in manege it was not detected.

  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard May 11, 2010

    Try rebooting your computer with the drive attached.

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