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Windows not able to detect Hard Disk in My computer

I have formated my portable Simpledrive hard disk,now my system is not showing it in my computer.I think it has lost its system volume information.

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Re: Windows not able to detect Hard Disk in My computer

1. Rightclick on your "My computer" icon.

2. Doubleclick the Manage option.

3. A screen will appear called: "Computer Management".

4. In the tree on the left you see "Storage" and the option "Disk Management" below it.

5. Select "Disk Management", and locate your SimpleDrive.

What does it say? If it shows only "Unallocated Space" you'll need to create a new partition on it. (Right click the unallocated space, then it'll show some options). If it is allocated, try formatting it. If you don't see your drive > reconnect it.

Let me know if this helped. Please rate.



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I have 320GB hard dsik capacity. But yesterday i have given by laptop to format and install OS(Windows 7). But now i am able to see only 296GB. Please let me know what will happen to remaining space.

There are many reasons.......

Maybe you have available unpartitioned space left in the hard disk. To check this:
1. Right click on the "Computer" icon on the desktop and select "manage"
2. After the Computer Management window appears, select Disk Management. It should show you if you have any unpartitioned drive space.
3. You can up or format your unpartitioned spaces from hereon. may be your harddisk is corrupted and has space 296GB only
or sometimes all drives contains some space for system file in that space is hidden

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When you formatted the drive for the Mac, you probably used the HFS format. Windows can only read NTFS or FAT formatted drives. You will need to reformat your external drive again. If you use a FAT32 format, all computers will be able to read the drive (Windows, UNIX and Mac - anyway). Note: the FAT32 option does limit the number of files in each directory and the maximum file size.

First back up any files that you have put on the external drive to another disc (your computer's hard disc, for example).
If you are using the M2 external disc for Time Machine backups, you should partition the drive into two sections. Format one to the FAT32 and the other to HFS.

The Disc Utility in OSX can repartition the drive and reformat it. However, sometimes it doesn't correctly format the new partitions. You may need to do some extra step, see for one set of reformatting steps. In Windows, there is a similar utitily in the Disk Management Control Panel. (Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Create and format hard disk partitions (Windows 7)) You can only format the disc to FAT or NTFS with the Windows utility.

Some third-party software is available for changing the partitions on a hard drive formatted for Windows use without losing the data on the disc. I do not know if similar programs exist for OSX.

Some versions of Unix have gparted which will also repartion and reformat a hard disc but can't keep the original data on the drive. (I've used the Windows and Unix partition managers, including Paragon Partition Manager which let me keep my original Windows data on the drive.)

I hope this helps.

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click start control panel administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager scroll down universal serial bus controllers you should see a yellow question mark?
right click to reinstall drivers
make sure the lead/s that attach to this drive have a secure seating and are not bad/faulty the light on only tells that its getting power it might not be getting enough power you might test the lead/s or
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, sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable,
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
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Most likely issue here is the drive is not formated. i am assuming it is a new one.
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Check the file system the drive is using under Disk Utilities.

It has probably been formatted as NTFS since you're able to read the files but not write them.

You'll need to Erase the drive under disk utilities and give it the MS-Dos format in order to write files to the drive. If you're ONLY going to use it on a mac then choose Journaled.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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You probably have to initialize and/or format the drive.

Right click my computer and click Manage (assuming windows xp)

Go to disk management

See if you see the drive listed somewhere there. Should show approximately 950gb disk drive

If so right click that drive listed and choose either format, or create partition.

If you create the parttiion, make sure to click quick format, otherwise it will take a long time.

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