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External harddrive hi i was formating my pc with windows ex ,after i formated it now it doesn't detect my external hard drive, i unpluged it and to try it again i hear it its but i dont see it in the box with C drive.. i tried with my laptop same thing i hear it but dont see it please help tony tonyfrom@hotmail.com

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Sounds like a dead hard drive if 2 pc's won't recognize it.

Does it show up in device manager?
(Rightclick my computer click properties->hardware->device manager->disk drives...or click other devices instead of disk drives .)

Check for it in control panel->administrative tools->computer managerment->disk management too.
If it's not showing up get a replacement (assuming its under warranty).

-Damian

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