Question about Toshiba 120GB USB 2.0 Portable External 120 GB Hard Drive

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Plug and play? doubtful.

All right, I'm running a Dell Inspiron laptop with Vista home premium, and I'm trying to tack on a 120GB toshiba external (USB 2.0) drive. The amazingly detailed user guide (hah) instructed me to a) connect the USB cable to the HD and b) connect the USB cable to the computer (how helpful), which I did. Vista went through the usual rigmarole of installing external usb storage, recognizing "USB Mass Storage Device" and then "Toshiba USB2.0 Drive R00 USB Device," giving me the illusion that everything installed correctly. However, there's still no drive in My Computer. I even installed the NTI backup software to see if it would make a difference - it didn't. The drive spins up when it's connected and makes hard drive like noises... so is this just another case of a required USB power cord that the manufacturer failed to supply?

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  • thensley Jul 02, 2008

    Well, supposedly the drive was pre-formatted for windows, so I'm guessing FAT32 or NTFS.
    The drive does -not- work on another computer, tried on both a desktop and a laptop.
    The drive is powered by a single A-B USB2.0 cable, of which I tried two or three with no success.
    No networked drives on any computers I tried.

    I think it was just a lemon, and I returned it promptly after it didn't work. I'll buy from a different manufacturer when I purchase another one - I guess you get what you pay for.


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Is the drive partitioned and formatted already?
Does it work on another computer?
Is the drive powered via the usb cable, or does it have an adapter?
Do you have any networked drives on this computer?

When it is connected on your computer,
click Start
right click Computer
click Manage
double click Storage
double click Disk Management

Is it in the list of drives in the lower half of the window?

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