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Computer not reading H.D. - H.D. seems to be working at usual just not responding with comp.

My Computer is not reading my hard drive but you can hear and see the hard drive light up and running but my computer does not seem to pop up that it is connected. Please help! p.s. the day before i accidentially pulled out the firewire cable thinking i had already ejected the h.d. so this might be the cause but what is the solution to fixing this? Thanks

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    Hi Banshee1, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box?
    Are you trying to boot from this drive?
    Does the drive contain data that you don't want to lose?
    Is it an external drive or build into the computer? Is it HDD or SDD? Is there other information you can tell us that may help with options, like computer operating system, brand of disk, how old it is?
    If you have data on the disk but the computer cannot read it, one option may be to send it to a data recovery place. If you don't care about the data then you could just reformat it and start again.

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First of all make sure that the USB port that you are using to connect it to your PC is a USB 2.0 port, and not USB 1.0.

Also if it came with an external power, connect it to the external power before putting on your PC.

This is because the voltage supplied by USB 1.0 is lower than that of USB 2.0 and therefore might not be enough to power up your USB Drive.

After making sure about this, power up your system, and plug the external drive, then Right-Click on my computer icon, select manage, then go to Disk Management Option.

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