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Cannot see a drive letter

My external drive is powered up and spinning but no drive letter appears in Windows

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create a partition then format it ntfs. done

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My vaio laptop with windows XP will not "see" an


Hi mpetersen809,

When you connect your external hard drive, does Windows chime or show an "installing devices" pop-up in the lower right corner of your screen? If this occurs, but you can't see the drive under "My Computer," your external drive might be trying to use a drive letter that's already in use by another device. To resolve this issue, you can manually set the drive letter for your external drive:
  1. Right-click My Computer and choose "Manage." A "Computer Management" window will appear.
  2. In the right pane, under "Storage," click "Disk Management."
  3. Locate your external drive at the bottom of the right pane. Disk 0 is your laptop's internal hard drive, so your external drive will probably be named "Disk 1" or "Disk 2."
  4. Right-click the area of the drive that says "Healthy (Primary Partition)" and select "Change drive letter and paths."
  5. Click the "Change" button, then select an unused drive letter (like Y or Q) from the drop-down menu and click "OK."
  6. Click "Yes" to confirm that you want to change the drive letter.
  7. Close the Computer Management window, then open My Computer to see whether your external drive is visible.
If this doesn't work, there could be a problem with the external drive. Test the drive by plugging it into another computer. If the drive isn't recognized on the second computer, contact Iomega for warranty support or replace the drive.

Good luck!

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when your external drive does not appear in "my computer" in windows vista or windows 7, then just right click on my computer, click on manage, the go to disk management. Find your external drive there and right click on it, then select assign new drive letter. Select a letter from the midlle of the alphabet like m, then enter. The icon of your external drive should appear inside my computer.

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when your external drive is not being detected or does not appear in "my computer" in windows vista or windows 7. Try doing this option: just right click on my computer, click on manage, then go to disk management. Find your external drive there and right click on it, then select assign new drive letter. Select a letter from the midlle of the alphabet like m, then enter. The icon of your external drive should appear inside my computer. Or you can restart your computer and check if it is detected.

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Having a problem with an external HDD. Although it is getting power - any OS cannot seem to pick up the HDD. This means I cannot access any of my files. It is a Samsung G2 Portable HDD.


Sometimes it takes a few minutes for the computer to detect a USB device when it's plugged in. Try rebooting the computer while the external hard drive is connected and powered. Then wait a few minutes before we start worrying. The last resort is to contact Samsung and tell them their product is defective - they might have a fix.

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when your external drive does not appear in "my computer" or not recognized in windows vista or windows 7, then just right click on my computer, click on manage, the go to disk management. Find your external drive there and right click on it, then select assign new drive letter. Select a letter from the midlle of the alphabet like m, then enter. The icon of your external drive should appear inside my computer

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WD SmartWare displays but storage area drive letter doesnt appear


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It is possible that the drive letter that was signed to this device got asssigned to another devices. The links below will help you assign a new drive letter to the drive.

How to change your drive letter in Windows Vista and Windows 7

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I installed Samsung PC Studio for my phone onto an external hard drive. However the external drive chaged letter in my computer and it stopped working. Since then I can't uninstall it, reinstall it and...


You con go to your "My Computer" Icon, right click. On the menu that appears click manage. You will get a Computer Management window. On the left side of the window is a menu. Under Storage, chose disk management. Once you click on Disk Management you will get a display off all your connected disks on your computer, including your hard drive, CD drives and any external drives. If you external drive is powered up and connected, you should see it. If you do see the external drive, you can right click on it in the right side of the window and select "change drive letters or paths" You can then change you external drive back to the letter you originally marked it.
I hope this helps. If so, please leave positive feedback for me.

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I have a Fantom Drive Titanium External USB 2.0 Hard Disk Drive. All of a sudden the drive in gone. I tired to unplug everything & redo but nothing appears. It does not have a disk. It is a plug &...


Hello

If you turn on the drive can you feel that the drive starts spinning? Can you feel movement and see a light flickering?

Does your computer acknowledge that there is something plug in when you plug in the Drive? Does it give you a notification, or does it make a sound?

If so, then this simple setting just might fix your problem.
Just follow these steps and you should be set.
Go to:

Start
Control panel
Administrative tools
Computer management
Storage
Disc management

Now you should see your drive in the schematic below.
Right click on the drive and choose to change the drive letter and paths.
Now click on change and change the current drive letter. If there is no drive letter assigned, assign one.

However, if the drive does not spin at start up, there is something wrong with your HDD.
Hope this can be of help.

Kind regards
Andrea

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Simpletech external 500GB HDD with external power not detected


Windows likes to mess with drive letters. Sometimes if you've plugged in another u.s.b. device, Windows will mis-assign the drive letter. Try this:

  1. Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
  2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Performance and Maintenance.

    Note If you do not see Performance and Maintenance, go to step 3. Performance and Maintenance appears in Control Panel only if you use Category view. If you use Classic view, Performance and Maintenance does not appear.
  3. Click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Disk Management in the left pane.
  4. Right-click the drive, the partition, the logical drive, or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, and then either accept the default drive letter or click the drive letter that you want to use.
  7. Click OK.
I'm pretty sure this will fix the problem. If not try us again at Fixya.com

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