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I plugged my brand new Philips usb 2.0 Portable Disk Drive (model SDE3271SC/97 into my macbook (running os 10.5) and it is not showing up even in my Disk Utilities application (i was going to format the drive). What gives?

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How do I start a manual backup with a Toshiba Convio 500GB HDD? Model number is 593400-A.

windows OS? what?
manual backup?
what are you doing? backing up data?

we can back up vast ways today.
1: to external HDD, (bingo?)
2: to DVD burner
3: to a home server
4: to the cloud or to a private FTP server (i use latter)
5: USB stick.

all you do is drag and drop files.
I looked up your model, and is an external drive."portable"
so plug it in, see it in program manager,? you must see it or its dead.
is this the first time using this device,? unstated.
if it works on other PC, then it works.
it may not on this PC if your USB ports are weak. no PC stated.
try all USB ports yet?
does it show up in disk manager, ? it must
if you have USB errors in device manager, then we fix this first.
all drivers for USB must be good on this PC
the pc must be connected to the internet or PnP will be 1/2 dead.

when you plug in any USB device, the PC goes, (bingdong) for USB going online, and then shows up in diskmanagers.
if the drive is new, you must assign drive letter to the disk in disk manager, then it needs to be formatted, if virgin disk.

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simplesave what?, they made vast versions of many types.?
SSD, HDD, 2.5" 3.5" and with or without powerpacks.(later best)
DO learn that many Laptops cant do HDD motor currents. a fact.
or is MARGINAL, works now , not later the repeats over and over.
(due to motor spin up failures, drive protects itself (fact2)

but no pc stated, nor OS nor if using GPT formats.
no drive stated, just a drive. (matters big time)
if you are on say a W10 box. and format it GPT
w7 cant read those. not invented yet.
The format prog even tells you that as you do that... a fact. w10

i bet a linux live boot (newest version sees it>? ) a big clue there.
do to CP, control panel
then go to admin tools
go to disk management next.
let it run out, (mine has 5 drives, and 20 partitions) so takes time to scan it. bam, there you see it.

even a 100% erased drive (no format ) shows up here.
all do, if formatted on a MAC NO SHOW.
if you moved to another PC, say so.. you didnt

format it to NTRS. for sure.
in fact that screen above, right click it and format it to NTFS.
now all Windows boxes see it. even linux.
do not use GPT formats, if offered or other boxes old will not be able to use it. ever. (boxes = PC)
here is the GPT warning read it if you saw it.

all ways to fail is covered here.
covers all modes, of use, and pitfalls all.

if disk managment fails.
say so. and tell PC and OS you are running , what you have there matters, and answering to 36 years of pC made is impossible.

D-man fails. if motor fails to start. or not plugged in. or powerpack missing on HDD, for sure on 3.5" all must have pack there unless SSD.
if 2.5" it will work on most desktops! (not all)
if your old relic XP laptop with USB 1 or 2 is limited to 100ma
current ,then how can 1amp motor run on that? it cant.

if the PC is thunderbolt USB-c fitted it runs them all.
its high powered is why, power means 5vdc USB-V is high current rated. (as seen on new PC, and custom cable adaptors)

(in all cases, bad power or wrong format is it)
(i bet drive is ok)

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1.) Ensure XP is updated with latest device drivers
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Try using another USB cable or try connecting the HD into another computer. If same problem occurred, then the problem is isolated with the HD.

We can only save the HD by reformatting it once it showed up in the Disk Utility or on the desktop. Unfortunately, there's nothing that we could do if the HD is not mounting on the screen of the MacBook and not showing in the Disk Utility.

The only hope that we could think of is once the HD is detected by another computer. Meaning that we could still reformat the HD.

But if not, then you need to get a new one. Good luck!

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