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External USB driven hard disc not recognized Windows XP-

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  • The external disc is a ST340015A standard USB driven disc.40GB
    It used to work fine earlier.Recent days it shows of as a local disc and is inaccessible.
    I don't wish to reformat as it will erase all data

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Once the device has installed all drivers open "My Computer" and see if it even shows the drive. If the hard drive came with any installation software install it before attaching the drive. Make sure all cables are attached including the power cable if it came with one. One main thing to also check is that the drive is directly in a port by itself and not on a hub with other items. The only other problem may be that is the drive is too large (1TB) to be recognized and then you can google a patch that will allow it to be recognized. If none of this works the last option would be to allow your pc to format the drive and see if that helps.

Posted on May 26, 2010

  • Daniel Hebert May 29, 2010

    Looking up the model number you have a Seagate Barracuda 5400.1 which shows as a internal IDE drive. One other way is to install it as a internal drive as a slave drive. Talking to another friend he had a similar issue and removed the hard drive from the case because of the controller board going out. Installed it into a tower as a internal and it is still working to this day. If this is a option this would be a way to copy the information to a jump drive or a new external drive.

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Plug the USB cable into another USB port and check to see if the device is detected.

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