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Hard drive not rcognized

When i open hardware maagement the disc is show in proeties it says it is working properly but unable to reformat or add any dat my os is vista home premium ,it is only recognized when i us nternally but not externally via usb or firewire,a i need to use this as a media player external i need HELP to get it working ,quadcore chip 8gb ram asus extreme motherboard raptor 74 x2 in riad0 ] 4 50gb hitachi 500gb sata discs only one not working is the 500 ide via usb

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  • robbyw57 May 18, 2009

    I have just tryed to use my hard drive internaly as a slave and externaly on a USB connection. I get the same results with the 'jumpers' set to master or slave device manager says it's working OK but I don't get a new drive letter (eg DRIVE F). Can not be seen.

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Hi i think you need to change the jumper settings on the back of the hd to tell your comp that this isnt the main hd if you have allready done this then the only sollution is to trace down the software that came with that hd.
You might be able to get it off the net i will also look for you and check to see if the jumper setting are causing you problems i will post back as soon as i find anything out ok let me know how you get pn

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Vista has a big problem recognizing usb drives - and no one has one right way to fix this yet. The first thing you should try is installing this update from microsoft that combines all USB hotfixes into one download. (it's update 941600). Scroll down to "More Information" and download the version of the fix that applies to your vista installation.

If that still doesn't work, try following the instructions here, and deleting your .inf files.

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The only way to use this externally would be to get an ide/sata to usb adapter, like this:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2329300&CatId=470


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