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Portable Hard Drive doesn`t Show in My Computer

Q: Portable Hard Drive doesn`t Show in My Computer

Have been using portable hard drives without any problem until yesterday. Hard drive G no longer shows up in `my computer`. It does show in Disk Management and I can open it up from there but it`s a hassle. How do I get it to show again in `my computer`?

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A: Portable Hard Drive doesn`t Show in My Computer

You should be able to give it a letter in disk manager? and then retain it...

I know sometimes that can be a problem with USB sticks not being seen in My computer, but after assigning them a letter in disk management they usually retain it when plugged in.

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I recently purchased a Seagate Backup Plus 3TB hard drive with USB 3.0 connector. I connected the 3.0 cable to a 2.0 port(don't have 3.0 ports) and windows popped up saying installing drivers for new device, pretty standard stuff. After it was done I went to My Computer, but the hard drive does not show up.

I checked device manager, and it does show the drive there. When I clicked properties and tried populating the "volumes" section, a 2.8tb section did show up, but had no label, but i don't know the significance of that. Any help with this is appreciated, thanks in advance.


A:Solved: New Seagate 3TB hard drive doesn't show up in My Computer

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Hi I have a 1TB external USB hard drive, it is not showing up in 'my computer' the light on the hard drive is constantly flashing and randomly beeps and clicks, I have never heard this until today..
I have tried it on two laptops, windows 7 and windows 10 and in a macbook, does not show up.
I have tried a different cable from another USB device, still no luck.
It appears in device manager which says it is running normally, I have tried un-installing and re-installing, no luck! In disk manager it says the disk is unknown and not initialised, see screenshot.
Please help me recover my device, it has a lot of data on it that I don't want to lose! I hope it is still there!

A:USB Hard drive, beeps and clicks, doesn't show in my computer

You may have fallen victim to the "Click of Death".

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Hey, I have a WD Portable 1TB Hardrive and it won't show up in windows or device manger, ive had it for about a year a few weeks ago I was unable to access one of the partitions and I was using and checking and fixing errors with CHKDSK and it froze half way through and now neither of the partitions will show, is there anything I can do?

A:Portable hard drive won't show up

Outside of trying it on a different computer, probably not. Is the drive spinning up when you plug it in?

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I installed the SATA drive. Formatted it. Assigned it a letter. It won't show up in My Computer, but I can access it by typing in the drive letter in Windows Explorer and when I do this it comes up under My Computer in the "Folders" side pane

Data writes and reads from the drive fine.

I've tried formatting it and deleting the partition and creating a new one.

What the **** is goin on?

A:Drive doesn't show up in my computer, but does show up in disk manager.


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I just built a computer and I have a 64GB Crucial M4 SSD as my primary drive and a 500GB WD Caviar Blue as my secondary drive. The issue is that Windows 7 doesn't recognize the WD Caviar Blue, only the SSD. Both the BIOS and the Device Manager recognize the WD Hard Drive it just doesn't show up in Windows 7.

A:Second Hard Drive Doesn't Show Up

Does it show up in Disk Management?? Can you assign a drive letter to it there?

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Cannot reformat it, because it's the only hard drive with my information left on it. The one it came from was totalled and there's no way to back it up.

On startup, it recognizes that the hard drive is in. But it doesn't show up on My Computer.

A:Second Hard Drive Doesn't Show

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I just bought a computer a few weeks ago and I put in a 120 gig Western Digital hard disk (IDE) from my old computer. The problem is that the new drive doesn't always show up in Windows XP. Whenever I do a cold boot it won't show up. However, as soon as I restart it shows up (ie. appears in My Computer). The drive is always recognized in the BIOS, just not always in Windows. The other drive that I use is a SATA drive and it works perfectly. I never had any problem with it whatsoever when it was in my previous computer. Any idea as to what could cause this and how to fix it?

A:Hard Drive doesn't always show up

I say, try to reformat the HD (if you can). You can back it up before you format. It might solve the problem. GOOD LUCK.

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Cannot reformat it, because it's the only hard drive with my information left on it. The one it came from was totalled and there's no way to back it up.

On startup, it recognizes that the hard drive is in. But it doesn't show up on My Computer.

A:Second Hard Drive Doesn't Show

How are the jumpers set? . . where is it connected on the ide cable?

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So basically I have a 400 gb hard drive that has been working fine till yesterday.

I think it is a WD drive, it is internal.

I have to hard drives in my windows xp. The operating system is on the c drive but I added an internal drive to have more memory and use it mostly just for storage like music, movies etc. Yesterday I went to copy something from my desktop which is on the C drive into the F drive (this is the add-on drive that is not working properly) and it started copying but about half way through I got some errors and than the F drive disappeared from under my computer. I restarted the computer but I got an error stating that this is not drive plugged in to SATA 2, which was the location of the F drive. After a while passed I restarted the computer again but this time it would load without an error but once it gets past the windows booting screen the screen would go blank and nothing will happen.

I've ran the computers hard drive diagnostics and on the WD hard drive it just says fail but all the other drives and the cd-roms load fine.

The computer starts up fine with the F drive disconnected. Could it be that the F drive crashed and is lost?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Hard drive doesn't show

Could it be that the F drive crashed and is lost?Click to expand...

That's a possibility but if you haven't already, check the connections of the cables to make sure they aren't loose. If that doesn't do anything, try replacing the cable.

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Ok, painful question here. What am I missing? 2 1/2 year old Dell crapped out, Hard drive failure of complete and utter magnitude. Ok, so had to get a new hard drive. Did so, installed it, but didn't have the OS CD that came with it, because it was one of those "never need to make a backup disk of your OS again" piece of cardboard that comes in the package. Should never have believed Dell.....what was I thinking.... anyway.. So, I found another windows xp os disc, put it in, got it loaded, got everything working. Of course, windows recognized that this was not an authorized version, as the os had been installed in another computer that was getting updates, yadda yadda. No sweat, needed to get me an update anyway, so decided I might just buy a leftover Vista Business complete (not an update) and start fresh. Well first, I hate Vista, but that's another story. Anyway, loaded Vista Business as a fresh install, works great. Rebooted it after the windows updated itself, and presto chango, the hard drive is not recognized at all, no way, no how. I've tried booting from cd, but it just doesn't matter if it can't read the hard drive. It keeps coming up with that issue. What did I do wrong?
Thanks in advance!

A:Hard drive doesn't show up in BIOS

The most common cause of a hard drive not showing is that the cable is loose. Disconnect the data cable and reconnect it, making sure that it is fully plugged in. Test.

You may, also, have disabled the drive controller(s) in the BIOS setup. Enter setup and select "Load Defaults", save and exit. Test again.

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Hello guys,

I have a problem. Whenever i plug in my external hard drive (1TB Maxtor) in my pc, it doesn't show up. It has always been working, but since i've installed Windows 7 yesterday it doesn't work anymore. So it HAS to be something to do with Windows 7.

Anyone knows any solution? Please help me, because all my documents are stored on this external hard drive and i need them on this pc.


It does show up in disk manager (don't know how it's called in english, i use dutch windows 7) and it even shows the model and brand name of the drive. So i am wondering why it won't show up in explorer?

A:External Hard drive doesn't show up!

Welcome aboard. Did you try with a diff USB port?

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I have a Seagate External Hard drive, Desk Goflex 3 TB.
I'm using it for sevral mounth in windows 7 and it's working fine.

Now, I bought a new latop using windows 7 as well, and it's not recognizing my hard drive.
The hard drive doesn't appear in the Disk Management at all.
The computer does recognize other USB devices (disk-on-keys, mouse).

I've read some old messeges but no one fits...

A:external hard drive doesn't show up on pc

Hi Yanchu,

Welcome aboard.

Try this.Plug in and turn on the external USB hard drive
Right mouse click on My Computer
Left click on Manage
Left click on Device Manager
Expand the USB list
Find the USB device for your USB Hard Drive
Right mouse click - Uninstall
Turn off the external USB hard drive
Turn on the external USB hard drive and let it find and install the driver
Does it work now?

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hello everyone ^^

i have a problem with my second hard drive. my main/master hdd is a MAXTOR STM380215AS ATA with windows 7 and my second/slave it's a ST3250319AS ATA 250GB (i think T.T) windows XP Professional
My second HDD it's newer then my maxtor(3-4 years) but the Seagate sometimes will not show on bios or anywhere else.this happened several times since i got it..
how i solved the problem till now ?... plunged and unplugged the drive and rebooted several times,,or tried to get it back by forcing the reinstallation of his windows(this worked ) but i cant use that now..i cant get him to show up to move my data( it's very important so i can't delete it) and i know that you can reinstall without deleting the data from a second partition but it's not my case cuz my data is in the windows partition ( it's not my idea lol i had to share the drive with my husband and i got the C: T.T)
anyway are there any other solutions beside to reformat it?
also i switched the cables between the 2 drivers ... didn't work

thank you for reading .


A:Second Hard Drive doesn't show up in BIOS...(again)

Hello Tsuki have you tried looking in DISKPART to see if the drive is actually listed?

Click on the Strat button type in cmd > right click on that .exe at the top > run as admin> it will open with a black window let it settle for a few seconds then type DISKPART
then type LIST DISK hit enter and it should show you a list of the drives you have in the machine.

How much data do you have on the slave drive? and is it important?

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Left home for the day and when I came back my H drive letter was missing, there is just a blatant blank spot where it used to be... is there any way I can get it back? I hope to god I haven't lost the info on it.

A:Hard Drive Letter Doesn't Show Up!

Things that cause drive letters to go missing -

Drive letter conflict with another drive

Disk Compression

Tweak UI

Partition Magic

BIOS Configuration

Norton Go Back

Look HERE to use Disk Management,and look HERE for the other options.

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I have been trying to fix this laptop for a friend of mine,but now I can't get any reading from the hard drive. its an IBM560 thinkpad. I was just wondering if there might be a setting somewhere on the motherboard that I might have missed. Does anybody know anything about these? I do know it use to read.Thanks Rita

A:Help hard drive doesn't show in laptop!

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I purchased a 500 GB drive about a year and a half ago to hold my backups for my main 160 GB drive. Just about everytime I have to reboot my PC, the 500 GB does not show in Computer. I them boot again and it shows and everything is fine. I have attempted to sort this out but no luck yet. Today I had to reboot and the 500 GB did not show. I have rebooted about four times but nothing. I went into the Bios and did not see anything strange. The 500 shows up as it should. The only unusual thing I see in the setup is that my main drive with the C and D partitions is listed as drive 1 while the 500 GB with my backups is listed as drive 0. I believe the reverse is the preferred but don't know if it really matters. Here is my Disk Management and a prompt that says I must initialize it. The two partitions on the 500 GB are primary if that makes a difference and the prompt refers to Logical. Any help is appreciated as to why the 500 GB is not showing. Thanks, == I just found out how to initialize the disk, but it looks like I will lose my backups. Not a big deal, but I want this to not occur again. Does it sound like a bad disk that might be causing this?

A:Hard Drive Doesn't Show in Disk Management

Normally, one would expect to see the Windows drive on Sata 0, but I don't think it really matters that it's not.

Initializing the drive means it's asking for it to be partitioned and formatted, but the puzzling thing is why did it lose its partition in the first place?

Was the partition on Drive 0 a logical partition?

I'm off to do some investigating.

I'm back, you may find this of use: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../cc771775.aspx

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Continuation from this.

I've tried all steps but I can't seem to get to my hard drive.

Windows 7 Professional 64x.
Drivers Updated.
Plugged in properly.
Installed and uninstalled device driver.
Gave the drive a letter and changed the letter many times.
Hard drive is still working because I was just using it in my machine before I reinstalled Windows 7.
iomega case works fine because I used it with a 1tb drive last night.
Plugged it into many different USB ports and changed cables.

I've tried a lot of things to get this to work but I haven't been successful... It's nearly full and has all my work/software on it. When I plug it in to a USB port it installs it then disappears, even says that it installs successfully. You can see that it gets noticed in the device manager as: SPIF301 USB2SATA Bridge USB Device

If you can help in anyway at all, it will be much appreciated.

Thank you for your time.

A:USB Hard drive gets detected/installs but doesn't show up.

have you installed SP 1? Yes/no

you can:
to see if you have installed SP1

WIN=key with microsoft logo on top.

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I wanted to recover data that was on a now broken laptop because,
not long ago my W7 laptop died on me, I tried to get someone to fix it for me but apparently the motherboard is dead so no fixing for me lol. I bought a HardDrive enclosure, put in the HardDrive, plug it into my desktop computer, makes the sound that it's in, after installing I couldn't find the hard drive on "My computer" therefore I went into "Disk management" and I see it says "disk 5 unknown, not initialized" I tried to use "photorec_win/testdisk" but my hard drive doesn't show up in the command box.

How can I recover my stuff please, I'm hopeless

A:My laptop hard drive doesn't show up on desktop pc

I would say that your disk is dead.
Ask Jumanji for help. He is the disk guru. http://www.sevenforums.com/member.php?u=163641

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soooo I have 4 x 500gb internal hard drives, and everytime I reboot my computer one specific drive doesn't show up. I have to go into disk management and add a drive path/letter every single time.

windows 7 ultimate x64
Xeon quad-core 2.63
5gb ram

any other info you need let me know, any help is appreciated!

A:one internal hard drive doesn't show up on restart

This is the best info I could find on your problem, on the Microsoft site: Repeated loss of drive letter assignment upon reboot

I know the guy helping didn't stick it out to the end, but see if the first few posts give you any ideas.

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My 4g hard drive died, I purchased a 7.9g and installed it. the cmos shows it correctly but windows only shows 3+g.
I have a Quantex,purchased in 1997. 200mhz, 64mb ram. I have downloaded a bios upgrade on a floppy but would prefer not to upgrade the Bios unless that is the only way to see the whole drive. thanks for your help

A:{SOLVED} windows doesn't show the right size hard drive

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I'm formatting a hardware raid5 drive using the drive management mmc snap-in, and it's taking forever. What is making matters worse is that it doesn't show the percentage completed, it just says "ntfs, formatting" on the screen.

Is there a command line or other tool to show me how far along the formatting is as a percentage? like 2% complete, 50% complete, and so on.

A:Hard Drive says formatting - doesn't show percentage completed

Not that I know of, but if you are doing a so called "full format", it can take 3 hours or so on a 1 TB drive, if I recall correctly.

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I've a Lenovo J115 738726u which is installed Windows XP. I installed a secondary SATA hard drive (Western Digital WDBAAX3200ENC-NRSN). The new installed HDD is not shown up as hard disk in file explorer. But In control panel->system->device manager, I'm able to see the new hard disk in the 'Disk Drive'. Does anyone has idea what's required to solve the problem? Thanks a lot.

A:secondary SATA hard drive doesn't show up in J115

Good day and welcome to the community.
If I'm not mistaken, you'll need to create a partition on the drive before Windows Explorer will see it. You can create a partition from within Disk Management. Right-click My Computer and select Manage from the pop-up.
Hope this helps.

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I have a notebook computer with Win XP and a 20 gig HD. That HD just isn't large enough for my traveling files. I am going to install a larger HD and I was looking for some way to just make a DISK image of the whole thing onto an external drive connected to the notebook through the USB port. I really don't want to start from scratch and reinstall everything. I currently have the main disc partitioned into 3 partitions. C: for the OS, D: for applications, and E: for data. F:, the external drive, is strictly for backup.

If this can be done, how do I do it? Do you know of anywhere I can find a step-by-step plan to do the job I want to do? I am pretty much a dummy on this sort of thing. Any help you can give me on this will be greatly appreciated.

Regards, Bob

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The hard drive is a Western Digital 320 GB that I've had plugged into this computer before (and worked). Then i got a virus and had to do a recovery of windows.

Ever since then I can't get windows to recognize/show it in my computer. I just "disabled" and "enabled" it in device manager to no effect. I have a C, D, and E drive which are: two partitions on the hard drive, and then the CD drive (respectively).

So i'm stuck, not sure where to proceed since it's obviously not the hard drive itself, I use it on my xbox all the time. What next?

A:External Hard Drive doesn't show up in "my computer" but does in "device manager"

Does it show in Disk Management ? ?
Right clik My Computer...select Manage...then Disk Management.
Find the drive...right clik it and select Properties.
Report back with your findings.

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I recently noticed an issue when trying to connect to external hard drives. Initially noted that it wasn't showing in 'my computer' and so assumed I had driver issues and sought to update them from Dell's site. After doing so there was still no change, but noted that It was appearing in 'device manager'.

I even tried updating the USB hubs from the Device Manager, and it states that they are all up-to-date with the correct drivers.

Both external hard drives that i have tried has worked on other PC's so i assume that mine is the issue.

~Dell 1525, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit~

A:external Hard Drives doesn't show in 'My computer'

I have had a similar problem recently, where the hdd would spin up but not show in my computer.
After googling it I found that if I shut down the computer, completely not hibernate or anything, and leave it for about 30 minutes an then switch it on again.

In left mine overnight, 8 hours or so and it worked after that. My hdd worked in all the other ports, but not that one until I left it overnight.

Good luck with it.


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Hi all,

I'm transferring files from our server to an external hard drive for backing-up purposes (transferring a few hundered folders at once totalling around 5GB).

During the middle of a transfer it stalls and cancels and says there are too many characters in a certain file/files. How can I prevent this from happening. I don't want to manually remove files with long names (if I have to, is there a way of doing a search for files that contain a certain number of characters in their names).

Any suggestions appreciated.

God bless,


A:Transferring files from Computer to Portable Hard Drive

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Every time I try to save files to my portable hard drive on work computers (Intel Xeon Win XP SP2 machines with deep freeze on the c: drive) the computer says it's saving to the hard Drive and gives an appropriate amount of moving time but the HD lights don't flash and I hear no activity. When I look at the drive the file is there and can be read. However when I turn the HD off and then back on it dissappears. Occasionally it will successfully write to the HD and stay there. Moving large amounts of data i.e. several movie files seems to have a bigger chance than say a single picture.

A:Computer pretends to save to portable hard drive

Update it actually worked once today but then went back to screwing up. Ha anyone ever encountered anything like this?

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I recently bought a new computer with an approximately 550GB hard drive. After I bought the computer, I basically transferred all of my programs/files from my older computer to my new computer. I would like to create a back-up of my computer to a portable hard-drive. When I tried to make a mirror copy of my new computer to the portable hard-drive that I had used to back-up my older computer, the back-up program (Acronis) told me that I didn't have enough space. This does not seem right because I was able to back-up my laptop and my desktop computers on the same portable hard-drive. I think what is happening is that Aronis is trying to back up the entire 550GB's and not just the programs/files that are on the new computer. Is there a way that I can back up just the programs/files that are on my new computer and not the entire hard-drive? (There is an option to back up files on Acronis, but I didn't see an option to back-up files and programs, i.e., everything that I have on the computer and not unused space on the computer's hard-drive. Thanks in advance with any and all recommendations.

A:How to correctly mirror a computer to a portable hard-drive

Make sure you haven't selected sector-by-sector option in Acronis.

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I'm trying to put an old hard drive into my PC as a slave but i can't find it in disk management. It is installed via IDE and BIOS recognises it as a hard drive but i can't find it when i login to my PC.

Any ideas?

A:Solved: hard drive recognised in BIOS but doesn't show in Disk Management

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I recently purchased and installed an ext. DVD drive. Should it not, when connected, show up in My Computer as another drive with a new drive letter? It does not.

A:Ext. DVD drive doesn't show in My Computer

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I have just purchased a Packard Bell 'imedia S2885 computer and wish to download my saved documents from remote hard drive 'core' but it does not seem to allow me to do that.

Question is why and is there any way around this problem as I have some very important documents saved.


A:Solved: New computer and downloading back up from portable hard drive.

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Running XP Home. I have an active Zip Plus drive that doesn't appear in the My Computer window. If I go to Control Panel >Manage >Computer Management >Disk Management, the drive is shown as 'Healhty (Active)'. When I R-click the drive icon and then Open in this window, the drive is activated and the disk is displayed. I can also get the drive to operate using WinKey. What would prevent it from appearing in the My Computer window. Thanks

A:Active drive doesn't show in My Computer

Here's a link that may help: https://iomega-na-en.custhelp.com/c...p.php?p_faqid=2316&&p_sid=nS2VJRdh&p_lva=1282

Let us know if it helpped.

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It shows in Disk Management but... look at how it looks like right now

How did i start?
Answer: It started when I plugged it in to another person's computer which I was supposed to reformat. I found out that computer has a virus. When I plugged it back to my own computer, it suddenly can not be detected and/or it was shown in my computer but it was faded.
By the way, my flash drive's name is not Chipsbank just like in the picture. I don't know how it was renamed like that.


A:My Flash Drive doesn't show on My Computer

Anything of value on that flash drive?

If not, try zeroing it with Tools for OSForensics - ImageUSB - Write an image to multiple USB Flash Drives

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I have WinXP Pro, having problems with 3 things:
1. from Start/My computer - the drive contents don't display
2. from Windows and IE browser windows, the pulldown menu is gone
This means the File - Edit - View - Etc are gone.
3. Also I noticed that from Classic view the Start Menu is unresponsive, I can only right click on it.
Any ideas what I can do to fix this?? Thanks in advance.

A:My Computer display doesn't show drive contents

For problem number two. right hand click with the mouse, and click on 'menu'

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I have looked through solutions for this issue, but the suggestions don't seem to fix my issue...

I am running Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64-bit on a Dell Optiplex 760, and try to do a clean install of Windows 10, using the ISO file which I downloaded from Microsoft & burnt on to a DVD, and instructions from the tutorial on here, which are very good. I downloaded the correct 64-bit version.

I boot from the DVD, enter my region (UK), and choose custom install, and then my hard drive does not show up on the list of where you would like to install. I have all my USB's unplugged (except keyboard/mouse).

I tried deleting my partions using MiniTool Partition Wizard (bootable DVD), so that the entire disk is unallocated. That didn't fix it. I also tried creating a new partition (NTFS) of the entire drive (to get one Primary NTFS partition). That didn't work. I also tried setting that partition as 'active'. The same.

Before formatting etc, I tried a boot from the Windows 7 install DVD, and the hard drive does show up, unlike the Windows 10 DVD.

Do you think it's an issue with the Windows 10 installer?

I downloaded another version of Win10 from the MS Tech Bench page, but same issue.

After formatting etc, during the Windows 10 boot, I tried another suggestion to open up Command Prompt (Shift + F10), and ran 'diskpart' - and no drives are found. I checked the Bios, and it was there.

So presumably that is the issue. If i ran 'diskpart' with my prior Windows 7 install, diskpart sh... Read more

A:Windows 10 clean install - hard drive doesn't show up before install

Welcome toTenforums, Simon.

I am a little concerned that the Windows 10 setup program on DVD does not have drivers to properly see and interrogate the system on your PC so that the hard drive is visible. It's the second similar case on this forum that I've seen recently. You also seem to be trying to clean install on an empty PC - is this correct, because if you do so It will not activate.

After much to-ing and fro-ing, it was finally possible to *copy the Sources folder from the setup ISO file onto a partition on the hard drive, and run the setup from there, where it wasn't possible to boot from the DVD, even though it worked elsewhere.

If you still have Windows 7 installed (and you should do for Windows 10 activation purposes - if just to obtain a genuine ticket for digital entitlement), and you have the ISO download available, the solution is fairly simple. If you haven't you will need the Windows 7 key to activate the install.

You seem pretty PC savvy so, I'd ask you to follow the bolded instructions from the * in the 5th para above.

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I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book 3.0. Earlier today, I connected my external hard drive to my computer, and it showed up without any issues. After I safely removed it, I stored it away. When I took it back out, the end of the USB cable that is attached to the hard drive, not the end that goes into the computer, came out of the hard drive. If you look at the picture in the following link, you'll see what I mean. It's the part that says "SS" in this picture:


That little vertical rectangle-like piece came out with the wire, and it was attached to the end of the wire. I put it back into the port, but now I can't access anything on my hard drive. I can still turn my hard drive back on. I just can't get any computer to access it. I'm guessing something got messed up in the connection.

All my data should still be on the external hard drive. Is there any way that I could retrieve the data?

A:External hard drive won't show on computer

Yes, that connection on the external hdd is pretty much worthless. here are some thoughts...

1. get really small pliers or paperclips and attempt to remove the plastic "chunks" in the port.
2. attempt to RMA the drive, see if WD will cover broken USB3.0 ports as part of the warranty.
3. if all else fails, disassemble the external enclosure, remove the hard drive & hook it up as an internal hdd in your PC.

Hope this helps, take care!

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Hi there,

My internal hard drive won't show up on my computer, and I've tried disk management to change the letter but all it does is stay at being called disk one. It also states that it's offline and unallocated? Please help all my uni work and itunes are on it.

Many thanks,

A:My internal hard drive won't show up on my computer?

How did you come to this situation? Did you place it in a new computer? Did it happen randomly?

We need a little more detail.

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I have a 1 tb hard drive that i cant seem to find on my pc please help

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Hello, I am having a problem and I can't seem to find help anywhere. I have 3 DVD-ROMS, 1 CD-ROM and 2 Hard drives in my computer. One of the hard drives is split into 2 partitions. The computer was built in January and everything worked fine until about a week ago. I have no idea what happened but for some reason, 2 DVD's and 1 partition of the hard drive will not show up in my computer. Everything shows up in the device manager and in the bios. I can even access the hard drive partition from a shortcut I had made. The DVD drives show up in Nero and DVD Decryptor and I can even burn with them. I can't access the cd's though because the drives don't show up in my computer. It's just really strange. Computer Info:

ASUS A8V Motherboard
SIL 0680 ATA 133 Raid Card
AMD 64 Bit 3500
XP Pro with SP2
1 Gig DDR Ram

Any help will be appreciated.



A:DVD-ROM and Hard Drive Partition Don't Show In My Computer

unplug 1 rom at a time and test it
ribbon cable and power leed
whats your power supply situation?

post back

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My second hard drive wont show up in "my computer" and im not sure why, i need to format it i think but i dont know how to because i cant see it in my computer.

The hard disk is working propperly as i see in device manage, only it wont show up in my computer.

Could anyone advise me on how to get it to show up?


A:Hard drive wont show up in my computer

start > administrative tools > computer management > disk management.

if it shows up there, then you may need to establish a partition on the disk. right click, new partition.

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i installed win7 on my SSD (like 22gb drive) in my asus today. Now, under my computer, it shows nothing but the SSD. it doesn't show my 500gb hard drive.. Im pretty sure its because of something i didnt do in the setup..
What should i do to get it to show up? i really really really don't wanna re install windows because i got all the drivers and installed programs..

A:Hard drive doesnt show up under My Computer?

Hi there jagwar.There was probably no drive letter assigned to the HDD.Go to disk mamagement,right click on the on the 500 drive and under "change drive letter and path",assign one to it,should be fine.That is,you are sure that the sata cable is properly seated,power cable as well and you are not "hiding"the drive by any way.Post back!

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so the external hard drive won't show up when i click on my computer. Earlier today i reformatted my computer, but now the external isn't accessible. According to device manager, the external is working fine, and i'm wondering what i'm missing.

when i reformatted it asked if i wanted to partition both C and D (D is the external, obviously), and i said no. Yes, i realize i'm an idiot. I just wasn't paying attention. Did i lose all my information on my external? Is there a way to recover what was lost without paying someone 9 million dollars to do it? How do i make the external show up again?

it's a WD 1600JB, by the way.

A:external hard drive won't show up in my computer

Does it show up in disk manager?

control panel>administrative tools>computer management>(left pane)disk management

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I tried scanning it with Kaspersky Internet security, found 'not a virus', I then deleted the file containing the virus, them scanned the PC, it was clean then the SSD again, clean. So I restarted windows and connected the ssd, no files displayed but if I ask my computer to find a file, it finds it easily?

A:Portable SSD does not show any files in my computer but it's half ful

Right click Computer - Manage - Disk Management and post here an image of the screen.

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I'm using 1 hard drive for O.S. which is Raptor, and another 500Gig Seagate SATA2 for storage. For some reason I can't see Seagate, only Raptor. Under My Computer Seagate is not showing up, but under Computer Hardward, it's showing as working properly.

Does this have something to do with MBR? I have XP Pro on Raptor NTFS and I want to use Seagate as storage drive. What can I do? How can I unselect Seagate as Master Boot Record so it'll show under My Computer as Data drive?

Please help!

A:Internal Sata Hard Drive won't show up under My Computer

Hi, vmarkary. Welcome to TSF.

Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Disk Management.

Do you see your drive on the list of drives? if so, post screen grab.


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Hello everyone!

I just built my new computer and everything seems to be working fine hardware-wise. I put in my old hard drive which still has Windows Vista 32-bit on it. It booted up fine (booting up and shutting down is extremely slow though), I installed some of my motherboard drivers (LAN driver, USB drivers etc.)

I am going to install Windows 7 Home Premium on it as soon as I have backed up some important documents, music and programs. However, my external hard drive (USB) does not show up in My Computer! I checked the Hardware panel thing (Apparaatbeheer), and it does show up there. Is there any other way I can access it or are there any fixes? I tried deleting some HighFilters in the registry, but this caused my PC to go in a reboot-loop.
Could I transfer files over a LAN-network to my laptop?

I have just installed CrashPlan, could I use that to back-up all my files? I don't want to pay for it and my upload speed is quite low (around 700kB/s and I want to back up over 22GB).

TL;DR: I cannot see my external hard drive in Windows, is there any other way I can access it, or backup my files (22GB+)?

I can provide any additional information.

Thanks in advance!

A:External hard drive does not show up in Explorer/My Computer

/Close http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/find-your-missing-usb-drive-on-windows-xp/ This worked for me

It didn't have a drive letter. I had to activate it as a partition or something, but it shows up and I can access it now, and that's what counts

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