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My computer does not detect my external drive

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  • Viv Vek
    Viv Vek May 11, 2010

    what typr of external drive..? USB external hard disk or flash disk?



    Do you have SP2.. mostly Service pack 2 solves the problem of not getting detected...

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Install SP2 and it ll be ok

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Disk wil not format/keep dipaying format fail


hi .. nt sure whether your talking about an external hard disk or somethingelse..

But here goes

In detail

Causes
  • If the hard drive is not setup correctly in the BIOS or is not jumpered correctly, this may cause the BIOS and Windows to detect the drive incorrectly.
  • Viruses or spyware program are capable of conflicting with Windows programs such as the format utility built into Windows.
  • If the partition on the hard drive is corrupt or damaged, this would cause Windows to stop the format process or show an error message.
  • If the computer system does not have the latest BIOS and hardware drivers, and the operating system does not have the latest Service Packs installed, Windows may not address or recognize the drive parameters correctly.
  • You are attempting to format a partition larger than 32GB as FAT32 in Windows 2000, XP, or 2003., win7
  • If the hard drive or data cable is physically damaged or defective.
  • There may be a conflict between the hard drive and another device (on the same IDE cable).
Solution please try

It is recommended to low-level format the hard drive to resolve any partition corruption issues that may be present. For directions on how to low-level format a hard drive

If it's an internal hard drive, please ensure that the latest BIOS is installed for the computer, motherboard, or PCI controller card. BIOS updates can be obtained from the computer, motherboard, or controller card manufacturer. The BIOS should be setup to Auto-Detect the hard drive. If there is a Mode option, this should be setup as LBA, Large, or Auto

  1. Ensure that the latest drivers are installed for the hardware in the computer. Drivers for the hardware should be available from the respective hardware manufacturers.
If this occurs on an external hard drive, connect the drive to another USB of FireWire port on the computer. You can also connect the hard drive to another computer system to perform the format. This issue may be caused by attempting to reformat a FAT32 partition as NTFS without deleting the partition first. You will need to repartition and reformat the hard drive

hope this helps you out

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I have a small sand disk 6 fuzer micro do not know how to plug it in and get the info


Purchase an USB memory multi-card reader, insert the SanDisk into the memory card reader and then Plug the memory card reaser into the USB port in your computer, The computer then detects ir as an external storage device, you can then click on this device to see the various folders and files.

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Iomega select portable external 320GB 2.5" Hard drive not being detected on the PC with windows 7


  • Hi, there are (3) three areas that you can search to find: Hard Disk Drives. 1. From the Desktop, click on the Computer Icon to open the "Hard Drives (window)," next find the Hard Disk Drive (1), this is the "Primary" (C:) Drive. 2. Next, in the Devices with Removable Storage (1)below is the "Secondary" Drive, this will be the (CD or DVD Drives (D:), for "External Drives" the drives locations will be (E: or F:). 3. "If the CD, or DVD Drive is present in this area?" Right click to open, select the Properties "icon" the window opens; in the "All disk drives" (block), select, and "highlight" the CD or DVD Drive, next click on the Propertie's button below! 4. In the Device Status (block), see: if the device is "working properly?" Next, click on the Drives button, select to "Update Drivers." Note: The computer screen may "blink' (3-5 times), this means the update has taken place, Click on the "Apply and OK buttons, to finish. "You may be ask to "Restart the computer, if not? Restart the computer." *The "Second" area is the "All Programs" in the Start Menu, scroll to find: Media Disk Player. Select to open, click on "Setup, and Install." Follow all instruction carefully! *The "Third" area is in the Control Panel from the Start Menu; find in the (right pane). Open the "Contol Panel" go to, and select Hardware and Sound, in the next window, click to open the Device Manager; scroll to find: DVD/CD-ROM drives. Click to open; do the same as above instructions, step by step. "Did this solution help? If so, Helpful Ratings Feedback is appreciated, thanks paul7of9"
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    I'm a tech IDIOT - I bought an 8GB flash drive to back up ''my documents'', but don't know how to DO it. I've put the flash drive into an available USB port...


    Hi,

    Please follow the simple steps to copy the data from your computer.

    1. Plug in the flash drive to the USB port available.
    2. Wait for a while til the system detects the drive and it will show the detection details on the extreme right side of the task bar.
    3. Once the computer has detected the USB/Flash drive you can do a double click on the MY COMPUTER icon on the desktop where it will show you th external drive as a Removable drive. Once confirmed you can close the page.
    4. Then you need to go inside My documents by doing a double click on it.
    5. Select all the documents by either doing a CTRL+ A or you can select the documents one by one by pressing CTRL and with the mouse just single click on a document.
    6. Then after you have higlighted the articles to be moved please do a right click with the help of mouse cursor, where it will give you a option SEND TO and then you will have the option of Removable drive over there.
    7. Just select the removable drive and all the data will be copied with in the next few mins.

    Your system will tell you the time it wil take in order to send the complete data.

    Please let me know if the provided information has been helpful.
    Please rate me if the information provided was able to help you.

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    Transcend 2GB jf v30 pen drive not getting detected in vista OS


    One or more of the hints below will probably sort out most USB problems with most USB portable / external hard drives and OTHER devices (though not always)

    A few things to check but assumes USB and Windows for other interfaces / operating systems (mac/ Linux) similar steps may be adapted to suit.

    1. Ensure it is connected directly to the computer to a USB 2.0 port not a USB 1.0 port as this can have effects on performance and reliability

    2. Use only the cables that came with it NOT one that fits that may have been lying around or is longer. Not all USB cables are equal even though they should be)

    3. Do not connect through an external USB HUB unless that hub is USB 2.0 AND has its own power supply.

    4. Use ONLY the power supply that came with it if it has an external power supply Don’t use any other unless you know it has both the same voltage and current rating e.g. 12V 500mA anything rated below that would not work properly.

    5. Always use the same port for connecting your devices. Some devices do not like being switched about. If switched they may want to install software / drivers again. This can be especially true if you move a HUB to another port

    6. For FLASH DRIVES you should ensure that the device is set for "quick removal" using the drive control panel properties or use the USB "Safely Remove Hardware" option. If you dont do this there is a very strong chance that any files you transfer may not be there when you plug into another computer.

    7. It is possible to remove drives from the enclosures in most cases and connect directly inside a PC to fully check it.
    You should also do this to cheack the drives connections are not bad inside the enclosure.

    8. If none of the above steps help look at updating the drivers from the manufacturers web site in the support section.

    9. If you checked and fixed anything there and still have issues then check your hardware from CONTROL PANEL / SYSTEM / HARDWARE.
    Any exclamation marks by hardware need fixing before you investigate any further

    10. ensure that you have set removable drives for "quick removal" or that you use the "Safly Remove Hardware" option often shown on the lower toolbar.It is possible that files my not be fully written to external devices before they are removed. This corrupts the file itself and even on occasion the drive.

    SPECIAL NOTES
    USB flash drives can fail for no apparent reason.
    Sandisk Cruzers are especially bad for this.
    USB hard drives should be treated with extreme care.
    This is a real hard drive ! and knocks and bumps can quite literally kill them.
    Note that if you hear a drive clicking or pinging this could be the worst thing you would hear.
    Known as "The Click Of Death"
    Hope this gives you the information you need

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    I have an enclosure. The disk spins but won't register on the computer. Thinking there's something wrong with the electronics.


    Hello,

    First of all make sure that the USB port that you are using to connect it to your PC is a USB 2.0 port, and not USB 1.0.

    Also if it came with an external power, connect it to the external power before putting on your PC.

    This is because the voltage supplied by USB 1.0 is lower than that of USB 2.0 and therefore might not be enough to power up your USB Drive.

    After making sure about this, power up your system, and plug the external drive, then Right-Click on my computer icon, select manage, then go to Disk Management Option.

    On the Disk management option Page you should see ALL the drives installed on your system, including the hidden ones, so what you will just do is, try and locate the one representing your external drive, and right click on it. then select "Change Drive letter and Paths", and give the drive any new, unique letter (i.e alphabet) different from the ones already on your system, and click on OK.

    This should make your external Drive to be detected automatically.

    Hope this helps you out.
    Goodluck!

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    My memory stick plugs in but it doesn't show up on my desktop, so I can't save any work onto it. What should I do?


    assuming that u r using a licensed and updated antivirus (i prefer avg/kaspersky) and using win xp pro as os (some os needs driver to b installed manually)..
    change or alter and connect to another usb port..see if itz been detected by the system at all..hv a glance into My computer, if any new drive is created..open Device Manager n see if 'Universal Serial Bus Controllers' are present, listed n there is no conflict..if u r using a external usb hub, try replacing..
    if all the above fails, try contact ur system admin/vendor for either bios/mother/main board update or defective Removable Media, try replacing....

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    Cruzer Micro is an USB external memory where you can store files.
    It is automatically detected and installed on all Windows OS from Windows 2000 onward, same on Mac OS and recent Linux versions.
    All you have to do is plugging the device into USB.
    After the flash drive had been automatically installed , it will be displayed under Computer as an external disk.
    You can copy and transfer files using Cut, Copy and Paste functions, or Send to function in windows, or the file manager, depending on the OS used.
    In Windows, before unplugging the memory from USB , it is better to turn off the computer or use the 'safely remove USB' function located near to the clock, on the lower right hand corner.

    Read also the documents below:


    Introducing the Cruzer Micro

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    Check the jumper setting on the back of the hard drive and make sure it is set to master. You may also have to install the driver for your external case, should have came with and install cd

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    Try another USB port. Reinstall if needed.

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