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How do I access a USB external hard drive?

Feb 11, 2019 11:44PM PST

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.

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Need a little more detail.
Feb 12, 2019 9:24AM PST

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.

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And Have You Tried?
Feb 12, 2019 1:18PM PST

Depending on your desktop configuration, if the USB drive is working correctly, simply double click on "Computer" on the desktop, then double click on the USB drive icon. It should then open. (That's "How do I access a USB external hard drive" on Vista.) I know this sounds simple but you haven't really explained what the true problem is.

Hope this helps.


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Just Follow these Steps
Jul 30, 2019 4:52AM PDT

Method: Partition the Drive

Go to Disk Management and see if there is partition issues with the drive. If you see that the drive is unpartitioned and is full of “Unallocated space”, try creating a new partition on it.

Follow these steps to create a new partition on the drive:

1. Press Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time. A Run dialog box will open.

2. Type diskmgmt.msc in the run box and click on OK button.

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