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External hard drives not showing up

Q: External hard drives not showing up

I have 2 new external hard discs do show on my computer .They are running but not showing in PC.What to do ? Thank you

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A: External hard drives not showing up


I'm not completely certain that I understood your situation. I wonder if it's possible to clarify the question? Otherwise Disk Management is a good place to start looking for a missing HDD.
If the HDD is brand new you might need to initialize it. This is needed if below the disk it says ?Not Initialized?. Right-click on the Disk that says ?Not Initialized? and click ?Initialize Disk?. Then you will have the option to choose between MBR and GPT. If the drive is more than 2 TB you should use GPT, if not you could use MBR as well. Once the Disk is listed as Basic and online right click the unallocated space and click create a ?New Simple Volume?. For the file system choose ?NTFS? if you want to use the HDD on Windows.

Hope that helps.
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A:External Hard Drives Not Showing Up

do they show up in device manager?
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External Hard Drives Showing As: (J Error
Ive been using my external hard drives for a while now with no problems, this morning I startup my computer and both of them are not working.

They show up as
(J Error
(K Error

Their both showing as empty
I tried restarting and everything, can someone please help me?

A:External Hard Drives Showing As: (J:) Error

Spyware Symptom

Check for spyware. You can find the following 3 anti-spyware utlities in the downloads section:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Spybot Search & Destroy

A common symptom of spyware is that it disables one or more of your devices. You need to run 3 anti-spyware utilities as there are many different types of spyware.

Repost with results.

-- Andy
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A:Internal drives showing up as external drives

You have to enable write caching for your internal hard disk.- Click on Start Menu.- Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.- Locate your hard disk under Disc Drives in the list in Device Manager.- Double-click on your hard disk.- Select Policies tab.- Check the checkbox Enable write caching on this device- Click OK.
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A:USB Ports Don't Recognize Flash Drives or External Hard Drives

Has it ever worked before?
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Everything was fine but then I connected a flash drive to it and I get:

Location Not Available
H:\ is not accessible. Access is denied

If I go into the properties to the ?security? tab, it says ?you do not have permission to view or edit this object?s permission settings?

If I go into the ?owner? tab of Advanced Security Settings, current owner says ?Unable to display current owner?
This is on every flash drive and portable hard drive on all 4 usb ports.
I am logged in as the administrator and there is not even another user account on the computer
I?ve run sfc /scannow

I?m absolutely stumped. I?ve never had this happen on any computer where I couldn?t use an external device.

This is not my computer so I?ll have to do whatever remotely.

Thank you for the help.

A:All Flash Drives & External Hard Drives NOT ACCESSIBLE?

Sometimes when I plug in a USB Thumb/Flash drive I get a message about "this device can perform faster if plugged into a USB 2 port" so I shut the computer down and pull the power cord and USB devices from the back of it. After waiting a bit I put everything back and all is good.
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I have a new computer plus a couple of other computers and I have some external hard drives and flash drives. what is the best way to check these devices to make sure they are clean, will just connecting them and viewing them or running AV and other security checks propose a risk to the computer that is checking?
Thanks for any advise!

A:External Hard drives and flash drives security


You can consider the use of the Panda Vaccine on your computer and USB Drives:
Download Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine - MajorGeeks

This tool provides a two way security by vaccinating both computer and/or USB drives.
It work on NTFS, FAT, FAT32 formatted drives.
However, vaccinating a USB drive cannot be undone without formatting the USB disk, using a hex editor, or a File Manager in a Linux distribution..

Next, make sure that your Antivirus can scan USB drives. Some do not have this option.
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Anyone that has anything else to possibly add, I'm more than happy to explore any and all options, so don't be shy!

Help is appreciated, thanks in advance!

A:External hard drives / flash drives.

i do not know the particulars of it but yes it is possible to copy/paste a programme file from c drive ,programme files, onto flash drive and run it, i do it myself
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A:Flash drives and external hard drives

It may be your explorer. Run a sfc /scannow in Command Prompt
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ive finally gotten all the main drivers loaded (video sound mobo etc...)
but for some reason the 2 hard drives that are on my primary ide channel are not showing.
ive looked in the disk manager and they are both there with thier partitions but they have red X on them

anyone know why???????

they have my most valueable data

ps. they also show up in bios

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PC= Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi1

Comes with 120G HS x2 and one is missing/not showing up under my computer or even being there. Any1 have any clue to whats going on, its just like ..missing. Sadly until I was scanning around looking for my Movie folder I realized it was in my other internal hard drive which is where I found it not showing up under "My Computer" or anywhere else.

Did something come loose? It's a laptop, will this be a possibly complicated fix?

Thanks in advanced for any help or assistance as always!


A:One of my hard drives not showing up?

The "missing" drive could be bad... or loose on it's connector. You will have to open the laptop or a hard drive bay, to check and access the hard drives
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i just installed 2 new hard drives in my computer, but they are not showing up in "my computer"
be advised my tech level is fairly low , but the since the ones that were already installed were identical to the new ones. i just hooked up everything the same.
b4 we go further= i had a friend build my system 4for me but, he is no longer availble.
my system consist of q9650 quad core 2.83 mhz
mobo- asus stryker II extreme
8 gigs of ddr3
gtx 285 graphics card
2 western digatal cavair black 640 gbs set as raid 0 data striping,
and hopefully soon to be 2 more of the above hard drives set the same.

i was into the set up screen and did not know enough to get it done. any help would be helpful

A:new hard drives not showing up

Hi ,
Welcome to the forum.
This link may answer some of your questions:-

Drive Not Displayed in My Computer After Adding New Hard Disk

Please let us know if ok
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A:Hard drives are not showing in 'My Computer'

Have you personally performed any manual drive letter assignments, or has everything been left to default drive letter assignment?

edit added:
another possibility comes to mind...if you have used any master boot record modifying software such as Roxio Go Back (there are other programs that cause this, Symantec among them...and we can't rule out malware), then it is likely that Windows will not be able to access the drive in Windows XP, even when the hard disk appears in Device Manager and in Disk Management console.
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A:Hard drives are not showing in 'My Computer'

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A:Hard Drives Not Showing Up in My Computer

There is an option in Folder Options under the view tab to hide empty drives in my computer. See if unchecking that option helps.
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A:New computer and my old hard drives aren't showing up.

Bootup using a live linux distro and check if the data in the hard drives shows up or not. If it does then it is an issue with windows 7, else probably the sectors are corrupt which means there is no possible bay (except opening the hard disk and using a magnetic data reader), which means you have to format your hard disk.
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A:Hard Drives not showing in Computer Management

You seems to have a lot of HD in this PC, you probably install them on the third party controller, Marvell or something else ( not the Intel one ) and it's not activated in the BIOS, or the drivers are not install, what model of motherboard you have ?
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A:hard drives labels not showing in explorer

But i only have SATA Drive, before 2 days there is no such problem.
Now I can see drive names in Disk management of Windows 7 and normally in Windows XP (Dual Boot)

Last thing, i run a full pc scan by eset nod antivirus before this problem
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A:2 of my Hard Drives aren't showing the data

Go to: Downloads | mh-nexus , scroll down and select English/portable edition and download.Unzip and right click on HxD.exe and select run as AdministratorClick on Extras->Options and uncheck "Open disk as readonly by default"Click on the HD icon and select the disk (#1 from screen shot)select sector 0 (#2)From address 1C2, if it shows: 42 then change it to: 07 (#3)Reboot and run chkdsk /f X: where X is the drive letter.

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A:Hard Drives aren't Showing/Not Letting me access them

Ah! Its a Dynamic disk, you need to Import the 'foreign' disk.

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A:External hard drive not showing up


Have you tried assigning the drive a letter in Disk Management?
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A:New external hard drive not showing

The new external drive needs to be formatted. With the external drive connected, Right-click on My Computer and select "manage" disk management, and right-click on the external drive in the list and select format
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A:External Hard Drive not showing up!

Call WD, see if they have any tech bulletins on that model, does not sound good.

They had a bunch of problems with 1.5 tb drives when they first came out.

I hope you had your data in more than 1 place, it may be gone on that drive.

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A:WD external hard drive not showing up on Mac
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Im here to write an HELP thread for my external hard drive.
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I go onto my computer and nothing comes up? Its not in My Computer or anything.
DO i need to Do Something Thanks?

PS: im on Windows 7 Home Premium - 64-Bit


A:External Hard-Drive Not Showing Up

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A:External Hard Drive Not Showing Up

Hello Trixi

Try a different USB port with the WD Ext HD power turned off. Then power it on to see if the device is found & added. Then check Disk Management.
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A:External hard drive not showing up on my PC

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There are a lot of different reasons for an HDD to stop showing. A few things you can try are:

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A:External Hard Drive not showing up.

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Please fill in your specs.
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A:external hard drives

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A:External Hard Drives

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larger than 2-4 terrabytesClick to expand...

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hi and welcome to sevenforums

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Originally Posted by Graham R

I'm running Vista x64 on my desktop and have 2 external hard drives - 1 backs up photographs, the other everything else.

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A:Need help with a external hard drive not showing up in explorer

I'd start with test disk:
FWIW: I have Ubuntu on my Netbook. If I start a lengthy operation like defrag on battery, it will ask me if I really want to do that. I've run into a number of prompts like that, and it makes me wonder why Windows never figured that out.
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In the past I have restarted my computer and it shows up but, that is not happening this time. Oddly enough the one that is NOT showing up is the original 250G HD. My computer recognizes the 500G that is 'daisy chained' to it but NOT the original 250G.

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my external hard drive is not showing in my computer even though the computer recognizes it !! I want to see it again but without having to delete everything on it, cause they are pretty important !! PLEASE HELP !!
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A:External hard drive not showing in my computer

It depends on your operating system. From past experience XP has no problem, older versions of windows need the correct driver and win95 early version wont see it at all.

Hope that helps. Rik.
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A:External hard drive not showing up on laptop

If the drive is formatted to use on a MAC then you will not be able yo use it on an IBM machine.
It will probably be better if you got your own external drive
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are these all connected via a USB
sounds like a PC issue if ALL three are not seen
What windows version do you have on the new PC
and what Windows version was on the PC you use to copy the drives

Are they in a case - does the case need power , is that working on all three drives?