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It is recognized as online in computer management but no icon appears in my computer. I have tried to access it on two separate computers with the same result. Any suggestions?

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Try to rightclick in computer management on the disk and change "driver letter and paths" change it to X: or something. or you need to right click and creat partition. is it a new disk ?

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