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My computer doesn't recognize my hooked in to 3.0 USB port on my ASUS laptop, initialized, SATA 2TG internal drive that's within an external case.

Does it need to have a Drive name?? & How do I give a drive name to a USB external SATA storage drive that has been initialized??

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Depends on the operating system but normally if you can see the drive in pc manager (right click mycomputer icon, select manage, select disk management in windows) if the drive is listed then format it and allow automatic drive letter assingment

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SOURCE: My PC is not recognizing my WD Passport 120GB USB external drive.

I had a similar problem with my WD passport 320GB. When I connected it to my laptop it never showed up on My Computer even though the blue light on the hard drive came on.
Here is what I did:  Right click on "My Computer" and click on "Manage" and then "Disk Management",. you should see your WD hard drive listed. then click on "change driver letters and paths"  and change it from the listed to another drive. I changed mine from G to F drive and it worked for me.

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sounds like the SATA - PATA converter doesn't accomodate for a 48 bit LBA (to handle disks of more than 137 GB)

 

you need to get the correct converter, as this one is not compatible, you should be able to return the converter as not fit for purpose (needs LBA 48bit).

 

 

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SOURCE: My PC is not recognizing my WD Passport 120GB USB external drive.

Does you drive make any sounds like these? If yes you have a mechanical problem and you should get a specialist to work on it.
If not - try to remove the drive from the enclosure and connect it directly to the computer to recover your files.

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Had the same problem...tried everything with no results. In desperation, I grabbed a different USB cord, plugged it into the drive and the laptop and VIOLA! my laptop could see it again! Maybe this will help someone. Cheers!

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SOURCE: External Sata Drive no longer recognized

My friend it sounds like your hard drive. I know thats not what you want to hear. But don't worry there is hope! You can have the data retrieved from your hard drive by using this online company which I highly recommend:
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