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Hard drive problem

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Obinna Osobalu, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Obinna Osobalu

    Obinna Osobalu Banned

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    Have an external hdd. Use this via the usb port. right now if i plug in the hdd via the usb port the icon that shows that reads "safely remove hardware" pops up but when i explore my computer the device is not listed. When i try other flash drives or external hdd they appear on the list..

    Kind of lost..
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    can you see it all?

    if device manager can see it, then it could be that it needs a letter assigned to it such as D: for example.

    To do this right click on My Computer > click on Manage > Disk Management > Right Click the drive > change letter & paths.

    Hope that helps
     
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  3. r.h.lee

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    Obinna Osobalu,

    Is this the first time you're plugging in the external hdd into your computer?
     
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  4. grim

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    has it worked before ?

    does it appear in disk management ?

    Grim
     
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  5. onoski

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    You might also want to make sure that you don't have too many usb devices plugged in at the same time.

    Secondly, is this hdd a new device straight out of the box?
     
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  6. Fergal1982

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    We used to get this all the time. I'm willing to bet good money that GBL's solution is more or less correct. Its likely that the drive is auto-assigning to a drive letter thats already in use. Just go into the section GBL mentioned and reassign it to a free drive letter.

    Oh, and just a request, but can you please not use thread titles like that? They give the reader absolutley no information on the content of the thread. Its handy to be able to see what its about before you go plunging in (after all, I have little to say about some things, and no interest in reading about it). Please use a thread title thats relevant.
     
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  7. Obinna Osobalu

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    on device manager it reads UNKNOWN, UNREADABLE. this just started this morning
     
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  8. Obinna Osobalu

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    I had to unscrew the hdd, found out that the hdd IDE pins was actually not making contact with usb plug head... Thanks anyways fellows...
     
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  9. tripwire45
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    That's better. Glad you got it sorted, mate. :)
     
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