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External hard drive

Whenever I plug in the usb for the external hard drive, the computer can read it and all but it wont show up on My Computer at all. It was installed and still nothing happened. I see a Safely Remove Hardware Icon, but it doesnt do much since I can't even drag anything to my external hard drive. help.!!

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  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    I have attached an oasis desktop 1607p to one of my other computers' internal hard drive so that i can plug it in as a usb to my laptop although it will not show in my computer yet in the hardware and printers section it is detected as a external hard drive.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    it doesnt show on my computer

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    the hard drive squeaks slightly but won't show up on the computer like it did before. it also never squeaked before either.



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Try these steps: - Right-click on "My Computer" - Click "Manage" - Click on the "Disk Management" icon in the left column (Under the "Storage" category" - If your disk appears on the right-hand side, then try to right-click on it and create a partition. The issue may just be that, since the disk is not partitioned/formatted, a drive letter has not been assigned, which would cause it to not show up in the "My Computer" list Good luck!

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i fixed my problem by going to the western digital site and downloaded the installation package. i installed it and next thing i knew it started working again. hope that may help if anyone runs into a similar problem

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