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External hard drive recognised as internal hard drive

Q: External hard drive recognised as internal hard drive

I had been using my Hitachi 320g external HD for 2yrs.It had not problem until yesterday I transfering some files from my Drive C to Hitachi HD when the computer hang.I unpluged the external HD and restart PC.When I pluged in the external HD again it was recognised as interrnal HD.I've problem accessing the files.The PC detected it was FAT32 since my system was NTFS and asked me to reformat my external HD.I tried connect to other PC but no different.

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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks

A:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

A:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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I earlier posted about the Aspire AST690-UP925A having 250GB hard drive. I since then contacted Aspire chat support. Apparently, not being tech savy we didn't realize 250 gb hard drive only 112 c drive is able to be used, the d data drive holds the programs to run the computer.

I didn't mean can I use the external hard drive internally. I meant, if I hook it up externally would it work in place of the internal hard drive that is nearly full except for around 10 GB?

So, unfortunately the computer isn't as big as you believe. But...I wanted to know if I purchase (I was looking at western digital elements 2TB external hard drive). Can we use it for this computer. It will not run itunes or anything like that, but we can obviously go online.

My brother wants to buy a new computer, but I know that is probably not the way to go. Should we get an internal hard drive installed and other memory or something or can we use the external hard drive?

I would appreciate any informed help on this since we do not no technical info on computers. Can't really afford to buy another computer right now.

Thanks in advance

A:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

If you want to take out the drive from external hard drive case and install it in your desktop/laptop, then usually you can. Usually external hard drives are just ordinary hard drives accompanied by some extra controller to make it able to "talk" via general ports (e.g. USB). However I am not familiar with digital elements 2TB , so I can not confirm it. But I do have WD external drive, which I had positively confirm that its real drive is just ordinary hard drive.

Note that if you decide to do this, I suggest to find experience people to work on extracting the drive. If you do it yourself you will risk to damage it, and you don't want that since usually opening the closure means voiding the warranty.

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I am unsure about what happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive... Let's say the internal HDD was your only laptop HDD and you replaced it with a SSD. If you convert your old internal HDD to an external HDD, what would happen when you open it up on your newly installed OS (on the SSD)?

I am trying to download a new OS but us my old internal HDD as an external drive just to access specific files. However, I don't want any other data/programs/settings/etc. downloaded onto my new SSD. Do I need to delete my old OS when I convert my old internal HDD into an external HDD or does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?

If anyone is able to clarify these questions that would be fantastic!

A:What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.

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I have an internal hard disk not in use ,and I would like to make it as external disk !
I looked on the net and I found I should have the " encelsure " butt I think I wont find it here in my city .
So is there another way ? like usb -esata cable ?

A:how to make your internal hard drive into and external hard drive ?

Firstly, where are you based (Which country)? I would get the part of the internet, I trust we are talking about a 3.5" drive? Do you have an esata port on your pc? I would get something similar to this, I think: Play.com - Buy CiT 35M17SEF 3.5 inch SATA / USB / Firewire / eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure online at Play.com and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!

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Hi guys,

I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes.

Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching).

To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung 1TB drive. I also have a 64 Solid-state drive in there as my primary hard drive that Windows was installed on and a couple of programs are installed on. My storage disk (the 1TB disk) is for all my music/films etc. Whenever I drag and drop a file into the Samsung hard-drive - it copies it rather than moves it instantly.

When I had a laptop, I had 3 external hard drives and this is the way it copied files onto them.

Does anyone know how I can get the internal drive to stop acting like an external drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive

This is the way it works. I have an 80GB SSD and an internal HDD and the same happens if the file/folder is large enough. If you just copy a few MBs, you will not see the window with the green stripe running. But if e.g. you copy 500MBs, you will see it. It physically moves the data. That is different if you copy on the same volume from one folder to another. Then it only makes an entry in the MFT.

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Is it possible to have pre-installed vista on your internal drive then buy a new external drive, install XP on it and then boot that drive to use XP?

A:Running Xp on an external hard drive with Vista installed on internal drive.

Yes this is possible as long as your BIOS supports booting from USB.

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I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essentials, it's filled with tons of old photos, movies, docs, games, and I'm scared to think of what else. The SATA to USB connector broke on it, so I took the drive apart and put it inside my computer. I opened up device manager because it wasn't showing up automatically and the 2TB is showing up as unallocated, I'm freaking out now because I'm scared the data was somehow deleted.

What do I do?

edit: I realize also this isn't directly related to Windows 8 (besides the fact it's the OS I'm on), but I don't know where else to post it. I'd also like to say that I had a really deep feeling the drive was going to break continually for about two weeks before it happened, so if you have a similar feeling about something, don't ignore it!

A:External hard drive shell broke, salvaged internal drive

As long as your hard disk is still spinning & recognized by Windows, the data in your hard disk is still there, just the File Allocation Table got corrupted, You'll have a good chance to recover your data. What you need is a data recovery program, I use this program in the past:

Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

In the mean time, leave this hard disk alone, do not initialize or format it when Windows offers to do so.

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I've got a new external hard drive that should be plug and play. When I plug it in the computer "beeped" and said there was new hardware but then it is not shown in My computer.

I'm also having a similar problem with my ipod - it is not showing in my computer or itunes. However I'm not having the same problem with other external hard drives.

Any ideas?

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Thank you in advance to any help I receive. Here is my story...

My Versa NEC E2000 notebook has had several problems under warranty since purchased under lease 2.5yrs ago - it's had 3 hard drives and 1 motherboard replaced under warranty. NEC advised a global replacement program for the battery.
So I had my hubby undo the base of the computer to check out whether my battery part number fell into the range requiring replacement, which he did so that I could submit it to NEC for replacemt Since then (don?t why seeing the 2 areas aren?t connected?) my DVD/cd drive has been faulty. It intermittently will not read cds/dvds and won?t write new discs PLUS it makes this awful ?whirring? and ?scraping noises? when you press the eject button & close unit (whether disc in it or not) or upon start-up.

Basically I couldn?t rely on it & because it was similar to problems that occurred when I ended up with the other warranty repairs I began to freak I would lose my data & programs. I had a small portable external hard drive which I kept as much pictures (semi pro photographer so I have 1000s of digital files) and business data on as possible - I had tried backing up to it but it wouldn?t take the everything on my notebook plus the stuff already on small drive. Seeing I couldn?t write stuff to cd/dvds we decided to go and buy bigger external hard drive. (I have virus/adware/spy scanning in place & used to backup to discs and/or my small ex... Read more

A:External hard drive not recognised

Me again - I decided to try once more plugging my maxtor drive in... and guess what it turned up on my device manager this time stating 465.76 Gb space 100% free. This has shocked me being that I have attempted this approx 10 times prior to posting during the day and NOW it shows up. The drive has been making noises ever since (10mins +) but it doesnt show up on my computer still. Please please help me. I am going crazy here wondering what the heck is going on. If i have to return the maxtor under warranty and my NEC under its extended warranty then fine - but i really want my data back first.
Wishing for a computer angel.

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I'm having a problem with a WD MyBook External Hard Drive.

I was at a friends house and they accidently knocked my hard drive over, the drive was standing upright on the floor (as we were about to use it) plugged in to the power but not in the computer, and she accidently knocked it and it fell on its side. I then went to use it, and it wasnt working, was not being recognised by my friends computer. When I got back to my computer I tried it and the same thing is happening, there is a noise coming from it, and the light is on, saying it is connected to a computer, but it has not come up in Computer as anything and it does not come up when connected to my ps3.

It would be annoying enough that the hard drive may be broken, but only 2 days ago I did a clean install of my computer, and this is my only back up, and there are so many personal and important documents that have yet to be transferred over.

A:External Hard Drive Not Being Recognised

I have some bad news for you. if the drive was on when it was knocked over, the heads were in near-contact with the drive platters. That means that the heads probably hit the platter while it was spinning (this is called a head crash). Your drive is probably hosed.


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Hi guys
ive just bought a secondhand philips SPD5110cc external hard drive from ebay.
My pc doesnt recognise it as a drive.
when i first connected it , i got the "setting up hardware" note in the bottom right corner as usual,
but then nothing. Cant see anything to do with it in any menu.
Power light is on, i can feel the drive running, but nothing.

im running windows 7.
I know its an old model drive. I dont have the nero software cd which came with it originally.
ive been on the philips website to try for the drivers but they only go up to windows 98 for 2006 !!

the guy i bought it from formatted it on a mac book before sending it to me and says it was working fine on his.

surely this will just work without any special tweaks. its only a hard drive!!!
does it need a driver just to let me see it.?

Ive also got a maxtor external drive which works fine.

any help would be much appreciated.

A:external hard drive not recognised

the guy i bought it from formatted it on a mac book before sending it to me and says it was working fine on his.Click to expand...

quite apart from any other issue of the drive - that is the reason windows cannot see the drive it does not recognise the format
A mac formatted drive cannot be seen by windows

Is it seen in disk management - it will not be likely to be seen in Windows explorer.
Alternatively is it seen in diskpart
cmd prompt and type diskpart
when it loads diskpart type
list disk

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my wd hard drive is no longer being recognised by my laptop, absolutly nothing happens when i plug it in. it does however work on my mothers laptop. please can you help.

A:external hard drive not recognised

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I have two external hard drives that I have been using for backups etc. on my desktop running Windows 10 Home. I connected the external drives to my HP Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 to copy some files and it has changed the ownership to the external drives laptop user!
Now when I connect the external drives back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home the drives are not recognised!!
How can I get the external drives to be recognised and change ownership back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home??

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I have two external hard drives that I have been using for backups etc. on my desktop running Windows 10 Home. I connected the external drives to my HP Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 to copy some files andit has changed the ownership to the external drives laptop user!
Now when I connect the external drives back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home the drives are not recognised anddon?t even show in Disk Management!
How can I get the external drives to be recognised and change ownership back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home?

A:External hard drive not recognised

I was going to suggest trying Acronis Disk Director or anything similar, however, I'm not certain if such will help or not. If I can remember the possible "clicks," I'll post back.

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I've been using a 1TB iOmega external hard drive with my laptop for about a month and a few days ago it stopped working and isn't being recognised, the power light comes on when i connect the usb cable to the laptop but there is no noise from the hard drive at all and it doesn't show in disk management.

I took it into work with me and connected to my work PC (which runs XP) and it works fine, also tried it on another laptop which is running Vista and it doesn't work.

any ideas? Laptop is an HP Pavilion DV6

A:External Hard Drive Not Being Recognised

The first thing that comes to my mind is, does this external hdd have its own powersupply or does it receive its power from the USB ports only?

If it has its own powersupply, check with iOmega: https://iomega-na-en.custhelp.com/app/home and see if your hdd requires drivers for Windows 7. In years past, iOmega required drivers for all of its stuff whereas other products you could just plug into the usb and they would work.

If it receives its power from the USB ports, try to use a cable that has two ends for the USB ports, it could be just a lack of power. I have 1 TB (not iomega) that would not work from my front USB ports but will work from the rear USB ports of my desktop.

Let me know how this turns out for ya...

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Hello everyone,
Once again i need your help. I have an external hard drive, and a lot of data saved on it. My laptop recognises it, but i can't access it. When i go to device manager and try intialize, it says it is not ready.

Thanks for ur help

A:External Hard drive not recognised

Is this a small portable drive or one of the larger ones?
Does it have external power for the external enclosure?
I would also verify the wire you are using.

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Hi first post here. My portable hard drive stops showing up all of a sudden. It is connected to a USB hub. When I go to 'Disk Management' in 'Computer Management', the hard drive shows up as Unknown - Not Initialised. Also this hard drive works while not using the USB hub, and the USB hub works as well with other devices. Please help, I need this fixed soon. Thanks!

A:External hard drive not recognised

Powered or unpowered hub? If it unpowered its drawing all its power from the one USB port its plugged into. USB 2 ports are limited to 500 ma max. If you have more than one device on the hub its likely not supplying enough current for the hard drive to function properly. A powered hub can supply 500 ma per port.

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I lent my external hard drive to a friend who is not very computer savvy.... and since its return it is not being recognised by my computer.

i dont believe that it is not because it dosent have a letter allocated to it.

in disk management it shows WD Ext HDD 1021 USB Device properties.... it said that this device is working properly, but then it also says that Disk 1 is unallocated?

i have plugged external hd into two other computers, they do not recognise it and i have also plugged in another hd into my computer, which picks it up automatically.

my friend who borrowed the hd is not very computer savvy, but from what he told me, i think he has formatted it?

i have checked the device manager and there dosent seem to be anything out of the ordinary.

ANY HELP will be muchly appreciated!

if it helps, it is a WD brand.... oh, and yes it was working fine when i first got it a week ago.

A:External Hard drive not recognised

Hello Tahnead, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Your friend deleted your hard drive leaving it as unallicated space (unformatted).

If you did not need the data that was on it, then you can just use Disk Management to format and create a new "simple volume" with it. The STEP TWO section in the tutorial below can help show you how to if needed.

Disk Management - Shrink Partition

If you needed to try and recover the data on the drive, then you see if using Paragon Partition Manager Personal edition may be able to undelete the drive's partition for you. Unfortunately, the edition of this program that allows you to undelete a partition is not free and costs $9.95.

Hope this helps,

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Sorry if this is in the wrong place but I need advice on my IdeaPad 510, it does not recognise my HP external hard drive. I've tried plugging the external drive into all the USB slots, with no luck. The laptop is brand new, only bought three days ago, and my USB storage stick works in it, so I can't work out why it won't find my HP drive. The drive isn't faulty, worked perfectly on my old Toshiba, and lights up when plugged into my Lenovo, but when I go to the 'This PC' section it's nowhere to be seen. I've even looked on HPs website I case I need to download a driver but the HP website says that there isnt any drivers for my external hard drive. Can anybody help me figure this out please? I have a lot of work on that drive, as well as family photos, that I need to access. Thanks in advance

A:External Hard Drive Not Recognised

fletcher89 wrote:The drive isn't faulty, worked perfectly on my old Toshiba, and lights up when plugged into my Lenovo, but when I go to the 'This PC' section it's nowhere to be seen.Have you plugged in and switched on the separate power supply for the external hard drive?  The external drive may require more power than can be supplied by your Lenovo via the USB connection.  If this is the case, the LED will light on the hard drive, but there will be insufficient power to spin the disk or handle read/write requests correctly. The old Toshiba may have provided more power via USB than the new Lenovo can. -- from CyberSimian in the UK

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I realise there are loads of these kind of threads but none of them are quite the same problem as mine. My Hard Drive has been working fine for a long time but is now not being recognised by computers. The power light goes on, but when plugged into different computers different usbs and with a different usb cable, there is no change to the computer and the hard drive doesnt start movfing and making noise.
I realise its probably broken but is there anysoftware I can get that will find it just so i can recover some data?
Thanks for your help

A:External Hard Drive Not recognised

Try and take it out of the enclosure and hook it direct as a second HD....if it is getting power and it isn't spinning......then if the taking out of enclosure doesn't work..then data recovery company might help but the data would have to be very important as very very expensive.

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Can anyone shed some light. I have a 40 Gb external USB hard drive attached to my PC. Which was being used exclusively as storage and my PC recognised it no problem. Today I actually installed it into my PC (internal), reformatted it and loaded Windows XP home onto it. As I wanted to save my existing hard disk just in case and install a clean O/S to swap over eventually. I have since taken this disk back out and connected it via USB again and it is not being recognised at all by Win XP. Is it therefore true that if there is an O/S loaded on an external USB hard drive that it cannot be recognised let alone booted to. Any advice is much appreciated....

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I borrowed my friends external hard drive. I was working fine on my PC. Now however when I plug it in I can not access it.
When I plug it into the USB the icon on bottom right of screen with green arrow, shows I have the device plugged in, but My Computer does not show the hard drive.
I plugged the hard drive into my work laptop and same thing happens.
My PC recognises other USB devices such as ipod and USB stick.
The hard drive is Western Digital.
I am on Windows XP.
I am unsure what has happened. I did one day accidentally knock it out of the USB port one day but I believe this problem existed before this.
Can you please help me as this drive has back up data on it from my friends work so I don't want to lose it.

Thank you!

A:Solved: USB External hard drive - now not recognised anywhere

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Hi, i have an external hard drive and it was running great. I then turned off my computer, took it out the usb so i could move the case. Put it back in the slot. turned on comp and got the following message..

"USB device not recognised.
One of the usb devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and windows does not recognize it."

I'm certain i didnt damage the hard drive and I've tried different usb sockets. all of them in fact. and they work with other things.

I am using windows vista ultimate.

Please help

A:USB device not recognised. External Hard Drive

Bump.... Please help i need those files back

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Okay, basically, all the information..I have external casings for my old hard drives from my old laptop. I let my mum borrow one of the old drives, and unfortunately, it would seem as though she has broken it, when it was working perfectly before.

I have it so it's partitioned, one which is FAT formatted, and one which is NTFS formatted. It's total size is 250gb.

When I plug it into my previous laptop it makes a different noise (kind of like an alarm) as opposed to the usual fan type noise it makes. And this is what I get as far as it being recognised;

But it does not show up where it would do usually as a drive (e.g. (F: ))

Any help would be greatly appreciated... I really need the files on this drive asap!

A:External Hard Drive seems to be recognised, but no access :( PLEASE HELP

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I have a western digital external hard drive that I use for day to day work.

I recently put it into a laptop PC to copy the contents of a hard drive, it appears that something 'went wrong' in the process and I now cannot access the hard drive.

When I plug it in, I get the standard 'power surge on USB hub' and the light on the front of the hard drive (suggesting that it is still working).

My thought was to re-format the drive, although I am unsure of how to go about this when I cannot access it, or does anyone have any ideas how I could revert the error?

Any advice/solutions would be greatly appreciated!!

A:Solved: WD external hard-drive not recognised.

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Hi everyone,

this seems to be a common theme, but the threads I have read don`t seem to match my problem exactly or don`t end up resolved ??

My portable hdd was working fine in both laptops (one NEC/vista, one NEC netbook/windows 7) I loaded a movie into the portable hdd to transfer from one laptop to the other as the other one is connected through the tv. It seemed to accept the file fine, but when I tried to load it into the other pc it didn`t recognise the hard drive. It doesn`t recognise it in the original pc either and there is no sign of it when I use disc manager.

The hard drive lights up ok, feels like the disc is spinning (small vibration feeling) the usb connections seem fine. Its a serial ata type and usb 2.0 but no identifying mark for a manufacturer.

I used it for backing up my desk top files, I`m not too worried about the files on the portable drive as the desk top originals are still ok. ( at least I hope so as the computer is being shipped from the uk to Japan as I type) Things are complicated as the laptops have Japanese versions of windows but I have friends who can help me read the Japanese. Anyone have any good ideas as I have no idea where to start because I can`t see anything.

Many thanks in advance, Rumi

A:Solved: yet another external hard drive not recognised

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I noticed that my PC suddenly took a long time to boot up and close down. After some testing I found that if my external HD was plugged in that was the cause. I thought it might be an indexing delay so didn't worry as all I needed to do was plug the HD in when needed it and make sure I "Safely" unplugged it before shutting down. But now I can't get access to it at all. I hear the usual bleep when I plug it in and it appears in the task bar "Can I safely remove etc" but it doesn't appear in Disk Management or Explorer. I fear the HD has died although I can detect the normal very slight murmer of the drive when it is switched on. I did find the disk using a command prompt but can't remember how I got there! Is there any way I can save the data on it? I have tried all the usual tests like a different USB port (not a hub) and a different Windows 7 machine but to no avail.

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iv had my Iomega hdd for about a year at most and its been fine, yesterday the usb cable was accidentally unplugged from the hdd while still connected to my laptop. Now when the hdd is plugged in, it makes beeping noises for a few seconds and the green light indicated power but it doesnt have any motor running sounds and it is not recognised by my laptop. I tried it on my family computer and its the same problem. I have tried restarting and no changes. I have attempted checking the disk management and as far as i can see it is not there either, and when i run F:\ it is unavailable.
any help is very much appreciated, as usual in these cases theres lots of important files i need off it!!

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I'm new here, so please don't shout at me if I say something stupid.

Anyway, here's my problem:

I have a Maxtor 500GB stand alone hard drive which I originally bought for a Vista laptop, but have also been using it on my new Win7 laptop.

It has been absolutely fine for the 6 months that I've been on Win7, but today Windows Update decided that I needed 27 (count 'em!) updates to be installed an run - mostly for MS Office.

Anyway, the updates all installed and I restarted upon request, but since then my Maxtor hard drive has not been recognised.

A USB Unknown Device error appears, it doesn't list the drive in My Computer, and only appears in Device Manager as Unknown Device.

Any ideas of how to resolve this would be greatly appreciated, as I have a large number of important documents on that drive which I need to access relatively urgently.

many thanks


A:External Hard Drive Not Recognised Following Windows Update

Is it connected via USB or eSata?

In the meantime, try right clicking on My Computer, Manage, Device Manager, then right click on the top-most entry and select "Scan for Hardware Changes".

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Hi there,

I've recently just bought a USB2.0 HDD External Enclosure for a notebook hard drive. I think I installed the drive correctly - the pins fit well and I placed it in the actual case. However, when I plug the USB into my Windows 7 Acer Aspire 5741 laptop, it just makes a funny noise for around thirty seconds and the computer does not bat an eyelid. The laptop just seems to act as a power source and doesn't recognise any drive being inserted. I tried it on a second, Windows Vista laptop and same result.

Is it likely the enclosure/drive is the problem or have I not set it up correctly?

Any help would be appreciated.


A:External Hard-drive not recognised on Windows 7 or Vista

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i have a seagate external hard drive that my computer no longer recognises even though it used to, i have tried all three of my USB ports and it still wont work even though they work for other things but when i connect the hard drive to my TV it is recognised and can b used so im assuming its setting on my pc? what can i do?

A:my external hard drive is not recognised anymore by my computer

Hello lozzi, welcome to Seven Forums!

Is the HDD listed in diskpart?

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Thanks for any help in advance..

I own a WD MyBook 4TB hard drive, which I've used on Windows for the past 2 years. I got a macbook last week and hooked the drive into it, some error message came up so I figured it wouldn't work, however when I went to plug it back into my windows machine I got the "USB device not recognised" message, the laptop is windows 8. I then tried it on my fathers windows xp computer and it seemed to think it was a completely new hard drive..

I've done some googling on it but I just wanted to ask here incase I went formatting it by mistake or anything..any advice/help would be greatly appreciated.


A:External USB hard drive not recognised on Windows after plugging it into a Mac

Sounds like you made some procedural error, allowing the Mac to alter the partition - - bad choice.

Using Windows tools, examine the partition on that drive - - should show up as
somelabel (dl): size HTFS
Healthy (other qualifiers)​
Try Control Panel ->Admin Tools->Computer Mgmt->Disk Mgmt

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I have attached a Seagate 500 GG external hard drive to my computer but it is not showing up in My Computer. I have browsed similar threads and on their advice gone into Device Manager. The drive is there but with no letter assigned to it but when I right click to assign one, it refers me to Windows Help, which is unable to solve the problem. There are actually two extra ikons in Device Manager - one marked FAT Healthy (EISA Configuration) and the other just marked (GPT Protective Partition). The device is acknowledged as working properly in Device Manager
The files on this drive were created on a Mac, which may be the source of the problem? Most of them I will therefore not be able to read, but there is one which is a .mov file which I should be able to read and hopefully copy - if I can access it.
Is there any way I can access the drive via my PC (Windows XP) or will the drive have been formatted for Mac only and therefore is inaccessible via PC?
I'm afraid that's the best I can manage in terms of technical information. Any advice would be much appreciated please.

A:Seagate external hard drive not recognised by my computer

I would venture a guess that the simple answer is that the drive was formatted for a Mac and windows is unable to recognize it as such. Now, being said that, with the newer technologies and emulators that Macs and PCs use, I am not 100% sure.

Now for the dumb question, have you tried plugging it back onto the Mac and see if you can read it and copy the file and then format it to the pc so you can use it? that is, if you will need it more on the PC than on the Mac.

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I have bought a brand new 500gb Seagate Barracuda Hard drive and a New Icy box enclosure for it. After putting it together and plugging it in to the computer, It displays a message saying device not recognised by the computer and that it may have malfunctioned (but it is new). I guessed i would need to partition and format it so i went to disk management but it is not listed!??? It is also not in my computer however it is in device management but has a yellow explanation mark. which reads (unknown device) and the description reads Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43). Please help!!!

A:Solved: External Hard drive not recognised by computer!

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I have a kaser 500GB external hard drive, i belive the enclosure is messed up because the transfer speed is only usb 1.1 speed and i've tried everything possable to change it. I was wondering if i could remove the case and just use the IDE drive as an internal drive? I want to try this first and if its not possible than i'll buy an enclosure.

A:External hard drive to internal IDE drive

Go ahead and do this... Make sure you pay attention to master/slave settings if IDE or the SATA connections if the drive is Serial ATA

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Hi all

I had an old laptop that died by water damage, its OS was Vista. I removed its internal hard drive as it contains valuable photos. I read that you can convert internal hard drives into external USB ones so I purchased the necessary 2.5" sata case from ebay, put it all together and plugged it into my new Windows 10 laptop. The new laptop does not want to acknowledge the drive. I changed the drive letter to one that wasn't used, 'M' in this case, it shows as Drive M on my file manager but when I click on it it only asks me to put a disk into the drive. I have run a couple of scanning programs on it, Stellar Phoenix data recovery and Recuva with no luck. I do not want to lose the data that was on there so can anyone help with any solutions?
Many thanks!!

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I recently replaced my internal hard drive on my laptop. Is there any way that I can see what is on my old hard drive or use my old hard drive as an external one instead of an internal one? Can I purchase an external hard drive case and do it that way?

A:Internal to External Hard drive??

Yes, all you need is a 2.5" external USB case.

Quite cheap and very useful.

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Is there anyway to make an internal hard drive an external USB one?

A:External & Internal Hard Drive

Yup just buy an external hard drive enclosure. Drive mounts in the enclosure that provides power and usually has a fan built in. Something like this. Lots to choose from. Just get the ones for USB input. Enclosure has its own power supply and plugs into 115 VAC or whatever the normal power is.


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My brother has PC with with a couple 2-3 hundred gigs. He is already running out of space on his computer, as he is a gamer, but only has two games. I've tried to delete a bunch of unneeded files, but that didn't work. Our dad then got him an one terabyte external hard drive. At this moment, I'm trying to figure out how to use it to get more space on his computer. This is my first time on this site after I looked through the interwebs to find nothing of use. Is there a way to make an external hard drive look external to the computer (run with male USB) or at least use it for extra space?

A:Using external Hard drive as internal

Not sure what you mean by your question. But when you plug in any external drive, Windows will recognize it as a hard drive and assign a drive letter to it. You can then use it like any normal internal drive.

Where things get dicey is if you intend to install programs or have programs point to this drive for basic execution. You can run into a situation where if you use different external drives that there will be a "pointer" issue. But if this is the only external drive you'll use, then it shouldn't present a problem.

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I want to increase my storage space and I was thinking of going for either an internal or external hard drive. I was thinking of getting 250GB for my desktop, but i've noticed you can get 500GB or 1TB or a few bucks more, so might as well get a bigger one? But then comes the question as to how long these would last? Is it a one time investment or 3 years down the lane it would stop working?

Also, I'm not sure how the Ext HD works. For example, can I install a PC game on the Ext Hard drive and then play it from there? Or that will not work? I know I can download stuff to it, but can I actually use the Ext HD to run programs, like DVDs, music or most importantly video games.

The one i'm interested in transfers data at about 400MBps through the USB @ 7200 RPM. Not sure i that makes a difference....

Would really appreciate your help here!



A:Internal vs External Hard Drive.

Hi there,

Well from my own personal experience I've found my internal hard drive to be much more reliable than the external, although I did carry the external hard drive around a lot so it might have become a bit battered etc. lol.

Anyway, I very much doubt you'll be able to play something like a game although you wouldn't have any problems using video files from the external hard drive. The main problem you'll have with games is that because of the amount of information having to be accessed and because you'll most likely be connecting the external drive to a USB port or at best, a FireWire port, you'll notice performance issues and the hard drive just won't be able to keep up with your computer's requests because of the slow transfer rate.



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I recently purchased a Samsung 2.5" 500GB USB external hard disk on eBay, and received it just this morning. After a bit of testing I decided I wanted to separate it into two partitions (one for data and one for my Wii games). When I tried to do that using Windows XP's disk manager, it went formatted 99% then returned a plain "Format did not complete successfully", with no additional info. Then the hard drive just disappeared. Windows explorer will not detect it (it will make the "USB device connected/disconnected" noises upon plugging it in or unplugging it from the computer however), and neither will the disk manager, which means I can't simply delete the partition and format again. The blue LED indicating connection between the drive and the computer does blink when I plug the drive in, and then it remains static until I unplug it.

Any help is really really appreciated. I'll gladly provide additional information to the best of my knowledge.

A:External hard drive (Samsung 500GB) format failed; not recognised

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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