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Old 09-30-2007, 05:42 AM
alvinstraight38@hotmail.com
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Default External Hard Drive Won't Read, Help!

Hey guys,

I did a Windows reinstall on my PC today, and completely reformatted
the hard drive as well. Prior to the reinstall, I backed up all my
important files to my external HD.

The reinstall went ok, but when I plugged in the external, the drive
does not show up in my computer. I tried plugging in another USB
device and it does get recognized. I've tried different ports,
unplugging and replugging the external. Windows does make that USB
noise when I plug it in, but it just shows "mass storage device". I
can't imagine it is the USB cable because it was working just a few
hours ago. I tried plugging the external into my laptop and it would
not recognize there either. Please help. I have important files on
this thing


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Old 09-30-2007, 05:54 AM
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Default Re: External Hard Drive Won't Read, Help!

alvinstraight38@hotmail.com wrote:
> Hey guys,
>
> I did a Windows reinstall on my PC today, and completely reformatted
> the hard drive as well. Prior to the reinstall, I backed up all my
> important files to my external HD.
>
> The reinstall went ok, but when I plugged in the external, the drive
> does not show up in my computer. I tried plugging in another USB
> device and it does get recognized. I've tried different ports,
> unplugging and replugging the external. Windows does make that USB
> noise when I plug it in, but it just shows "mass storage device". I
> can't imagine it is the USB cable because it was working just a few
> hours ago. I tried plugging the external into my laptop and it would
> not recognize there either. Please help. I have important files on
> this thing


Right click on My Computer icon
Select Manage
Select Disk Management
Find the Volume and alocate it a drive letter



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Old 09-30-2007, 12:34 PM
alvinstraight38@hotmail.com
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Default Re: External Hard Drive Won't Read, Help!

On Sep 29, 10:54 pm, "Stanley" <tic...@gmaill.com> wrote:
> alvinstraigh...@hotmail.com wrote:
> > Hey guys,

>
> > I did a Windows reinstall on my PC today, and completely reformatted
> > the hard drive as well. Prior to the reinstall, I backed up all my
> > important files to my external HD.

>
> > The reinstall went ok, but when I plugged in the external, the drive
> > does not show up in my computer. I tried plugging in another USB
> > device and it does get recognized. I've tried different ports,
> > unplugging and replugging the external. Windows does make that USB
> > noise when I plug it in, but it just shows "mass storage device". I
> > can't imagine it is the USB cable because it was working just a few
> > hours ago. I tried plugging the external into my laptop and it would
> > not recognize there either. Please help. I have important files on
> > this thing

>
> Right click on My Computer icon
> Select Manage
> Select Disk Management
> Find the Volume and alocate it a drive letter- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -


I tried that, and it now shows a new drive, but it wants to format my
hard drive. That would erase my backup right? This is a Western
Digital Element HD. I downloaded their diagnostic tool, and it was
able to recognize the external.


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