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Hard drive does not show up in disk management..

by SamLacey / July 31, 2011 4:34 AM PDT

I have an external hard drive but it wont show up on my computer (including the disk management section of computer management).

I'm running a gateway p-7805u with vista and the hard drive is the inside of a western digital Mybook. The power supply failed, and I took it apart to put the drive in a StarTech external HD bay.
When I plug the HD into my computer (via usb or but not esata) it makes the noise the computers make when something gets plugged in. however, I cant find it anywhere.

Any ideas?

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Basic checks
by Willy / July 31, 2011 5:59 AM PDT

Two possibilities, the i/f to the HD itself is bad or the HD doesn't have the enough power to mount. Of course, the HD itself maybe bad. It sure looks that way since you've swapped it out to another ext. case. The last test is to simply mount it as an int. HD and see if it gets displayed(mounted) with proper hook-up. It need not be the be fancy just jerry-rig it to test. If it still shows unmounted, the HD is bad or badly corrupted. You can try the diags from WD to see what the results are.

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Hard drive does not show up in disk management..
by jerniceguy / February 26, 2012 6:38 AM PST
In reply to: Basic checks

so I have the same problem and nothing works, everything else I plug into my computer works fine except the exterior HD, it shows in disk management but can do anything with it, when i right click the drive , initialize is not highlighted, I have Offline, properties and help left. My computer has 320 HD, GTX 260, an Asus P5N-T, windows seven pro 64 bit and 4 GB ram

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I've seen that!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2012 6:53 AM PST

The drive has some odd formatting and I had to boot up GPARTED from a CD to delete all the odd partitions and start over.

-> YOUR POST does not tell much such as the content needs to be retrieved. (that's on your backup copy!)

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