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Depends on the os and connection method of external. If using XP or Vista, use the control panel - system - hardware - device and check for it there. If there is a yellow or red mark next to it, it didn't install properly. leaving it connected, uninstall it on the device screen. Reboot. When the system detects it, load only the driver for the os U R using.

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My desk top computers screen went black, can my data be save on the hard drive and how can i take it off


Not posting the model number of the Dell desktop computer, get's you generic information.

The model number can be found on the back of the computer, next to the Windows product key.

Moving on......


Suggest use an external enclosure.
Remove the harddrive from the computer, and install it in an external enclosure.

The external enclosure has a USB cable, and you just plug it into any available USB port, on a working computer.

Then go to My Computer, or Computer; depending on which Windows operating system the computer has; and double-click on the drive letter that corresponds with the external enclosure.

(WinXP: Start > My Computer
Win Visa / Win 7: Windows logo button > Computer )

Examples of drive letters;

C: Drive = Harddrive of the computer you are using

D: Drive = Separate partition on the harddrive for Restore files, or is for the optical drive (CD/DVD drive)

E: Drive = Optical drive generally, but may be the drive letter that corresponds to a Removable Device.
The external enclosure you plugged in, is a removable device.

None of the above is 'etched in stone', except the C:Drive
Things change from computer to computer, and the way you may have it set up.

Easy way to know?
Before plugging in external enclosure, open My Computer, or Computer.
Look at what each drive letter corresponds to.

Now when you plug the external enclosure in, you will see the change; and know which drive letter corresponds to the external enclosure you just plugged in.

Double-click on the name next to the drive letter, that corresponds to the external enclosure you plugged in.

Go into My Documents, or Documents.
Again, depends on which version of Windows you have.
Win XP = Start > My Documents
Win Vista / Win 7 = Windows logo button > Documents

Now open each folder, until you get the personal files you want to keep.
Photos, music, videos, documents you have created, or downloaded.

You cannot remove programs, or applications. Just your personal stuff.
(You can, but that is for a separate discussion)

Also open Downloads.
(WinXP = Click on Start > My Documents > DOUBLE-click on Downloads.

Win Vista / Win 7 = Click on the Windows logo button (Start), click on Documents, click on Downloads.

Harddrives are measured in Width.
2-1/2 inches across for a laptop harddrive. 2.5 inches.
3.5 inches for a desktop harddrive.

Don't know what Dell this is again, don't have the model number.

Cannot tell you if the harddrive is an IDE (PATA) unit, or a SATA unit.

So you will need either a 3.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,
OR,
a 3.5 SATA external enclosure.

There are external enclosures that are 3.5 and IDE/SATA, also.

Basic examples,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1733195&CatId=2779

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2145406&CatId=2780

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3883498&CatId=2780

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA


Easy way to identify what type technology is used, for the harddrive in your computer; IDE/PATA, or SATA;

Power cable for an IDE/PATA harddrive,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

Power cable for a SATA harddrive,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Mar 29, 2013 | Dell PC Desktops

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Computer won't install drivers for external drives


If its an external HDD you don't need the drivers you only need to initialize the drive.

Jan 30, 2012 | Compaq Presario CQ5320F PC Desktop

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How does a external hard drive work, and does it make my computer run better, I have purchased one but I am confused on how it works.


An external Hard drive is used to store information in any format. Ususally it is connected to USB, but it may happen that it is connected to either e-sata, which is the fastest or firewire.
when connector is inserted into the socket (USB, e-sata, firewire) Windows will automatically detect it. You can find your external Hard drive in My Computer, normally labeled removable drive. You can then double click it to access the information on the drive, or copy information to the drive. This means you can easily make a back up of all your files. Now if you so wish you can store it for backup purposes or you can use it to transfer information, contained on it, to another Computer/Laptop. An external Hard drive does not make your computer faster, but it does in a sense make your computer perform better,as it takes away the need for that data to be stored of your main boot hard drive. Therefore making virus scans on your PC run quicker and your PC has more space on it's main boot hard drive to perform tasks if it needs to.

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Nov 04, 2010 | PC Desktops

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How do I down load to an external drive and not the main computer


1. First, you need to select the external drive while saving any game.
2. Try to play it from External drive first, if game does not play from external drive then try to play it from the Internal drive.
3. It does not make any difference whether you are playing game from external or interna drive because both the drives will use the computer resources and softwares to play the games.

Good Luck.

Mar 23, 2010 | PC Desktops

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How do i get my computer to use my external hard drive which i just installed


Which Operating system are you currently using? By default XP/Vista/7 should have generic drivers sufficient for using the device as external storage, To Check and make sure the drive is being properly recognized simply double click on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop if using windows XP. Or in Vista/Windows 7, click on the Start Button and then scroll over to Computer and Click. the hard drive should be listed in there. Take note of the drive letter . If you'd like to save items to it simply save to the new drive ( when within the program of your choice, Word, Windows Media Player etc ) by selecting the new drive in the "Save To" Window. ( Be Default most windows systems should store all information on the C:\ Drive ) your new external drive should be listed with a different letter ( F:\ G:\ etc )

Dec 13, 2009 | PC Desktops

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The computer stopped recognizing the external drive


please check if it is a new external drive.
If it is new external drive, please format.
Note: all of the data would be lost on it.
How to format a newly brough hard drive:
http://www.xpmaximized.com/archives/xp-usb-hard-drive-format-.html

Dec 05, 2009 | Dell PC Desktops

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Rocstor external hard drive does not appear in my computer win xp although message it was installed when I connected the usb port


Good morning! first, make sure your external hard drive is properly connected to the USB port, then try to start / restart your computer again, automatically the computer should recognized the attached external HDD. best regards.

May 02, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Hard disk


Before formatting the drive, be sure to back up any data from the external hard drive that you want to keep. If you want to make your external hard drive bootable, make sure the "File System" option on the "Format" screen matches your operating system. For Windows XP, the file system should be NTFS, while for Windows 98, it would be Fat 32.
Step1 Attach the external hard drive to your computer with the supplied cables. Most modern external hard drives are attached via one of the USB ports on your computer. Older drives may be attached via either the serial port or the parallel (or printer) port.
Step2Click on "My Computer" to see if your computer recognizes that the drive has been installed. If the drive is not showing, reboot your computer and check again. Step3Right-click on the letter that corresponds to your external hard drivemag-glass_10x10.gif. This will most likely be the letter "E" or higher, as your primary drive will be "C" and your CD or DVD drive will be "D." Step4Click on "Format" from the option screen that is displayed. Step5Choose the options you want from the "Format" screen. In most cases, the first three options should be left as is. You can give the drive a volume name in the text box that is provided, if you desire. Step6Click on the "Start" button to begin the process. When the formatting is complete, the external hard drive will be ready for use.

Apr 07, 2009 | PC Desktops

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I cant get my computer to read my external drive


If your Operating System is Windows XP or Vista? Then disconnect the external hard drive and start the computer, and let windows load until at least a minute or two after your desktop appears then connect the External drive and open "My Computer" to see if the drive is shown there along with your internal Drive(s).
The above works to recognize lost external devices for me most of the time. Good luck.

Sep 06, 2008 | PC Desktops

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When I try to back up my computer files for Windows Vista using a Toshiba 320GB capacity portable external hard drive I receive the message that I need a ntfs drive. Can my external drive be converted to...


Yes, it can:
Before you begin, connect your external hard drive.
To format the drive with NTFS
1.
Log on to your computer as an administrator.
2.
Click on the Vista Orb right-click Computer, and then click Manage.
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Under Storage, click Disk Management.
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If the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard appears, click Next. If the wizard does not appear, skip to step 8.

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On the Select Disks to Initialize page, click Next.
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On the Select Disks to Convert page, click Next.

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On the Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard page, click Finish.

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Right-click your external drive (which will probably be drive E or drive F), and then click Format.
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In the Format dialog box, type a name for your external hard drive, such as Backup Drive. Then, click OK.

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Click OK again.

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Jul 17, 2008 | Toshiba PC Desktops

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