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New WD external drive not showing up in my computer

I bought a new WD external hard drive a month ago. I used it to store several folders of files. I have not used it for a couple of weeks, plug it into my computer and it is not coming up on my. I have made sure that it is plugged in and that the cables are secure. It does beep as all usb ports do when I plug them it, but it does not show up on "my computer". Any ideas?

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I just had this problem, go to Computer Management/Disk Management, and assign a drive letter to it, for some reason it doesn't automatically.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

  • lordmanxcat Oct 07, 2010

    the reason is, it tries to assign the original drive letter you had assigned for it, and another device has assumed that letter. see instructions to fix above from Xeogin

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  1. To restore the Western Digital icon to the drive letter for the external drive in "My Computer".
  2. Please go to the Western Digital Download Library and download the WD Logo Icon which has a file name of External Icon.zip when you download it.
  3. Save the file to your desktop and use a file compression software like Winzip to extract the files inside the .zip file to your desktop. When it's unzipped, it will create a folder named "ExternalIcon" on your desktop.
  4. Double-click on the ExternalIcon folder. It will open a Windows Explorer showing a folder named, Autorun, and a file named, Autorun.inf.Double-click on My Computer and it will open.
  5. Double-click on the driver letter that represents the Western Digital drive you want the icon on and it will open.
  6. Highlight the Autorun folder and the Autorun.inf file. Right-click on them, and left-click on Cut when the Menu appears.
  7. Right-click in the open space of the drive that you opened in the new Explorer window, and then left-click on Paste.
  8. Close both Explorer windows, safely remove the external hard drive by using the Safely Remove icon in the system tray, shut down the computer, and unplug the external drive from the computer.
  9. After you reboot into Windows, reconnect the external drive to the computer again, and the Western Digital Icon should now be displayed with the drive letter in My Computer.

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If you are talking about backing up data from a second PC, you will need to install the WD software on that particular PC, and use the advanced backup menu. Just remember that if you back up a second computer, you need to create a folder for that data to be stored in, otherwise it is possible that it would overwrite the data from your first PC

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