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Could you please clarify with more details? What exactly do you mean by "Control Panel"?, it's confusing since Hard Disk are never show up on the Control Panel of a Windows computer. Thanks.

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My external hard drive (wd) not showing the datas, but its occupied space.. how to get my datas from this...?


may be its hidden.
Select show all hidden folders in ur computer

still not showing then the virus have affected it u cant get back data

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You have to be the computers administrator to change any values on any hard drive on your computer


click start control panel user accounts on the users tab click the name of the computer administrator you must have full control


click start click to open on my computer you should see your usb drive could be E: or something right click select properties there will be an array of options

select the sharing tab option then advanced sharing make sure you have a tick in the share this folder box


then click permissions make sure you have all 3 boxes ticked full control changes and read in windows 7


click start control panel user accounts click on the administrators account if you have made one or you will have to create one in windows XP


click start right click on my computer select open
Right click the icon of your usb drive (It should be E:/ or something)
Click Properties in the menu that comes up
Click the Sharing tab
Click permissions
And finally, click Allow next to Full Control.


Click start control panel scroll to folder options view place a tick in show hidden files folders and drives
this may vary depending on your operating system



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My pc does not recognise external hard drive, can see it in devices and printers section but not in my computer? any ides?


Hi kileyjones1
Go to the Control Panel and select " folders options \ view "
Check " show hidden files , folders and drives "

Uncheck " hide empty drives in the computer folder "
Your drive will now appear in the Computer Folder .
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My computer recoginzes that the drive is connected because the WD icon shows up in the tray, but the drive does not show up in "my computer" as a drive. I have a Western Digital 5000 Essentials external...


You might have to go in Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Manager ... from the Control Panel - and then Format that disk before it will be recognized as a Letter drive like D or G or something like that.

I have a WD and another brand of external drives. And I had a similar issue with the 2nd one - I had to format it 1st.

A customer of mine formatted a drive for Mac OS X and thus cannot use it in WIndows. Mac can read NTFS from Windows I believe, but Windows cannot read the Mac OS X format.

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I have a western digital dual option external hard drive that is a couple of years old and I lost the power supply while moving. Can you help me? The model number is wd1600B015


Overview for the WD1600B015 dual option USB:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1274

Power supply not available in WD shop, but there's worldwide email and telephone support: select your country from the next page:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1048

Send your request to the WD support desk in your country.
When using the telephone line: in Europe, phone numbers starting with 00800 are international free call numbers. Using any other phone number, check your local provider.
Notice: when the power adapter has a seperate cord connected from the wall outlet to the adapter, mostly this will not be provided and has to be bought elsewhere ( Ask when ordering the adapter ).

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My western digital external hardrive will not appear on my computer any hints for me please.


Does it show up as a drive in the Device Manager?

You might look in Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management

Go in Disk Management along the left side...

You might have to make it into a Basic Disk ... before it gets a drive letter. Trying to remember what I just did in Vista when I got a Seagate FreeAgent external USB drive. Mine was already NTFS formatted, I would imagine yours would be too.

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Select Disk Management under Storage

Look to see if your Drive is listed and what the Status, Layout, Type, and File System it has.

Right mouse click on the dive and click on Explore to see if your files come up. If yes, then perform a Change Drive Letter and Path.

Let me know what the status is.

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