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My local disk always opens in a new window

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That problem probably your computer is infection by virus (autorun i guess). Can you tell me Antivirus software you installed in your computer?

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Needed is an operation manual "how to" for HGST Touro 4TB external hard drive machine just bought. Want to know how to transfer files from computer to external storage?

FIRST the short ANSWER; Open Windows Explorer and drag and drop files/folders to new drive.

LONG ANSWER; Connect drive,during boot up of PC, and ENTER (CMOS) SETUP. See if drive is listed.

IF LISTED resume boot and see if Windows FINDS new Hardware and installs it. If so go to short answer.
If not seen by windows but seen by CMOS the drive must be PARTITIONED and then FORMATTED. OR

IF disk came with install CD run install to assure all needed USB drivers are present for windows to install disk through USB port.

Once USB drivers are installed reboot PC and see if Windows finds new hardware.

IF windows still does not install new HD but CMOS shows drive is present, the drive needs to be partitioned.

To partition new drive type DISKPART at dos prompt or in START RUN OPEN and press enter.

At the DISKPART> ( prompt ) type LIST DISK then press enter.

Example: DISKPART> LIST DISK press enter

FIND the number assigned to the new drive in the list (#), then type SELECT DISK #

Example: DISKPART> SELECT DISK 2 press enter

the info returned in the dos window should be;

Example: Disk 2 is now the selected disk



Now shutdown the PC then reboot. Windows should now Find hardware and install new disk.

Click START then COMPUTER the new disk should be listed.

Right click on the Drive and select FORMAT use NTFS format.

now you should be able to drag and drop files/folders to your new disk.

Oct 16, 2013 | Hard Drives

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I was moving a file to my local disk D but

open cmd by clicking start then run, then type cmd.exe
it will open command prompt, type chkdsk /f d:
then ENTER key

Aug 18, 2013 | Hard Drives

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I have partitioned my LG 500G portable hdd into 2 drives(LG1 and LG2). But now my pc can only detect the LG2 and the LG1 has become "Local Disk". And when I select the Local Disk,the pc is keeps...

Open My Computer or Computer. Right click on the LG1 drive and select Properties. Under Tools, run the error checking disk utility. If it doesn't find and fix the problem, move on to...

Open Control Panel, then Administrative Tools. Open Computer Management. Open Disk Management. Right click on the LG1 partition and delete it. Right click on the empty space and create a new partition by following the prompts. Format, and you're done.

Good luck.

Jul 07, 2011 | LG XD2 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External -...

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How do I format my new WD Elements SE 500GB for Mac OS Snow Leopard


follow instructions below
1> Open the system drive, usually titled "Macintosh HD." Open Applications, then Utilities and double click the "Disk Utility" program to open it. A window will open giving a list of all the drives currently mounted on the computer.
2> Select the disk that needs to be formatted on the left. It is not possible to format the startup disk unless the system has booted from the Install Disk. It is important to note that formatting the startup disk will permanently erase the data stored on the disk. If you are planning on erasing the startup disk, back up all important files and applications.
3> Click on the "Erase" tab to the right of the list of drives. The window will now display the options for erasing the hard drive and formatting it to work on the Macintosh computer.
4> Select the Volume Format from the pop-up list. In most cases it's best to leave it at "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" as this is the default. This setting is the best option for running Mac OS X. If there are other requirements for the disk, then select the format that best suits your needs. If you have questions about the formats, refer to the Apple user's manual.
5> Name the hard drive. Type a name for the disk in the field where it asks for the name. This name will always appear when the disk is mounted on a Macintosh computer.
6> Click the erase button. A window will open asking to verify the erase procedure. Click the erase button in this window to start the process of erasing the disk. Once the process is complete, the drive will appear with the name it was given on the left side of the window with the list of drives and on the desktop of the Macintosh computer.


Apr 23, 2011 | Western Digital Wd Elements Se 1tb...

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Device doesn't work. maybe it needs new drivers

The following is from Windows Help, which I found by looking up drive letter:
  1. Open shortcutcold.gifComputer Management (Local).
  1. In the console tree, click Disk Management.
  2. pluscold.gifWhere?
  1. Computer Management (Local)
  • Storage
  • Disk Management
  1. Right-click a partition, logical drive, or volume, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. To assign a drive letter, click Add, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.
  • To modify a drive letter, click it, click Change, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.
  • To remove a drive letter, click it, and then click Remove.
important.gif Important
  • Be careful when making drive-letter assignments because many MS-DOS and Windows programs make references to a specific drive letter. For example, the path environment variable shows specific drive letters in conjunction with program names.

Jan 31, 2011 | Buffalo Technology (HD-HB250U2) 250 GB...

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HI,I'm Loren and I want to ask you a question.My dad bought me a 2TB G-Drive and I don't know how to install it on windows OS.I turned on the G-Drive and after 10 seconds I turned on the computer.I opend...

Shutdown the computer.
DIsconnect the G-Drive.
Restart your computer.
After Windows is fully running, reconnect the G-Drive to a USB port.
Windows should "beep" when it recognizes the new USB device.

Now, open "My Computer" and right-click to select "Manage" and open "Disk Management (local)".
You should see an image showing the drive as being "unpartitioned".
Click on that image to initialize the disk-drive, and to assign a drive-letter.

Nov 10, 2010 | G-Technology G-DRIVE (90801201) 250 GB...

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Need help formatting new hard drive , Thx in advance Setup steps say "Double-click the Lacie icon in My Computer to get the Lacie Setup Assistant" and that didn't happen .

The LaCie hard drive should have come with a CD. If you pop that CD in, then their directions make more sense:
1: Put in the LaCie CD
2: Double-Click on "My Computer" to open windows explorer
3: right below the "Local Disk (C:)" you should have a LaCie icon for your CD-rom -- double-click this icon for their setup assistant.

If you don't have a CD-ROM, you can still use the drive but it's more involved.

1: right-click on "My Computer" and select the option "Manage"
2: On the left panel of Computer Management, you should have an option "Disk Management" under the heading "Storage" - click on Disk Management
note: The Disk Manager shows your current disks in the top right panel, and ALL disks in the bottom right panel. You might need to resize the window to see them all.
3: In the bottom right panel, find the grey-ed out box that corresponds to your new disk, and right-click on it. One of the options will be to format it.
4: After formatting, if it doesn't automatically come up with a drive letter, you can once again right-click on it in the bottom right panel of the Disk Manager and assign it a drive letter.

Once it has a drive letter, Windows should see the drive and you should be good to go!

Jul 31, 2009 | LaCie Hard Drives

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Maxtor external harddisk recognition problem by pc

Hi Maxtarm,

It sounds like either the drive or enclosure is failing rather quickly.

The first and cheaper solution is to take the drive to your local computer shop and have the techs there move the harddrive into a new enclosure and test it. If it works in the new enclosure, you're done, but please take my advise and never rely on a single copy of your files. Always keep your important files in 2 or more places, on your computers hard drive, external drive and a backup to CD's or DVD's you can store in a firesafe or friends home is a good idea.

Now assuming that change of enclosures doesn't work, you will need the help of a recovery pro to get your files back. If that is the case comment back here with your location (Country, state, city) and I will advise you on a reputable recovery provider in your location.

Hope this helps Fixya,


Jul 15, 2009 | Maxtor Hard Drives

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I plug in my FreeAgent Go portable drive and it does come up on the desktop. Where do i go form there

What do you want to do?
If its a pop-up from windows, just choose
"Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer"
If you want to see the contents, OR just open a new windows explorer
and find a new drive except your local drive. Sometimes
it just called "removable disk".
You have to be specific :)

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