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Can't not explode the hard drive (Archos 40)

The USB2 port see the drive as "Hitachi_DK13FA-40 USB Device" with no drive letter (F or G or ....).
The hard drive making noise and can not populate volumes in device Properties.
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Re: can't not explode the hard drive (Archos 40)

The noise the Harddrive is making is this a clicking sound? if yes the drive is going (gone) bad.

if the above is not true and you see the USB in the device manager do you see the drive in Disk Management? (right click my computer / Manage then go to disk manage do you see your drive on the right side without a drive letter. if so right click on it change drive letter and assign it one that is not in use (this is for windows XP)
if none of these please provide more information.

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Since you're using an USB1.1 connection this could be a USB1.1 issue, USB2 returns more power to the connected device, since you connected you harddrive too an USB1.1 port you might need an USB cable which you can plug into 2 USB ports.

By doing this one USB port will provide the power to spin the drive up (which needs a lot of power) and the other cable will be able to focus on the data transfer.

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