Question about Toshiba 120GB USB 2.0 Portable External 120 GB Hard Drive
It do automatically install drives or software when you plug it in and the computer only recognizes it as local. computer wont let me put anything on it or even try to reformat it again
Posted by Anonymous on
I am taking for granted that you are using Windows, not sure which version ( XP , 7, 8 , 8.1 )
and if I am correct, but your computer does not recognize the drive, make sure the usb port is one that will give power to the external drive. You should use USB2 or if available USB3. Those are powered.
Click the Search feature for the particular version of Windows you are running and search for "Disk Management"
Look for the partition of the external drive you are using. It will be given a letter other than C: drive. May be D: E: F: etc etc etc. Sometimes your optic drive is the D: drive, you may need to purchase a program like Everest Ultimate to locate ALL your items on the MOBO.
If your able to find the External in Disk Management, you should be able to format it, rename it, change its functions, etc etc.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I have had a similar problems with external drives that only plug into a USB port (no ext power adapter). It is very common that the power supply fed through the USB port is inadequate to power an external hard drive. Some enclosures have a external A/C input to resolve this. Also, some computers (motherboards) only have a select number of USB ports that are powered. Since this device is detected by your other computer and not on the new one, my next attempt would be to locate a USB hub with external A/C power. There is a good chance that this will resolve the problem. By the way, when you plug in the drive does it spin up?
Posted on May 03, 2009
If it is new and has not worked at all, you should try using it on another computer that, if possible, has a different operating system. My first option would be to create a partition using a 3rd party partition creator.
Posted on Dec 26, 2009
SOURCE: How do I reformat my
The disk utility programs should be on the main drive inside the computer...you need to make sure you tell the program which drive you want to erase..Say the external drive comes up as drive "d"..then you want to tell the drive utility software to erase the "d" drive
Posted on Dec 25, 2010
click start control panel administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or
if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver
if your computer came with a motherboard disk the drivers could be on it
sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable,
just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,
check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems also make sure the computers Ram and Cmos battery are securely seated
hope this helps
Posted on Jul 03, 2011
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