If this drive is new it could be blank which is fine and would do just as you wrote.
New blank drives usually come with a note on how to prepare the drive for use with Windows and Apple OS but the short version for Windows is to head to Disk Management to prepare the drive for use.
Article follows: https://www.google.com/search?q=windows+prepare+a+drive+for+use
When I plug in my external hard drive to the usb port it makes the ding sound and says it is instaled. I can find it in the device manager and all so it is recognizing the hard drive. What I need to know is how do I get to the drive to actually use it. How do I open it? where is it found.