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My new external hard drive icon is not detected. Pls help!!

by brungart / May 13, 2006 10:33 AM PDT

Hey guys, i need some help with this one.
I bought a Maxtor 120GB External HD, and it crashed (I/O error...and i opened the HD and bad mistake) . All info gone just like that. Fine, i was pissed for a long time, but time to move on. I bought a new Maxtor 250GB Internal HD and use the old external casing (so i can move around with my laptop). The new Maxtor Harddrive was detected in my computer Vaio. The thing is, it doesnt come out in 'My Computer' as 'Removable Disk (G:)'

On the below right hand corner, i can see the "Safely remove hardware" but i can't access the HD. Should i reformat the new Harddrive or FDISK? Can you tell me the steps to do it. I've also heard about Master something and try searching for TWEAKUI in the search button by the start tab. What is wrong and how can i fix this problem so i can use the new external HD? Thank u so much.

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jumpering and disk management
by linkit / May 13, 2006 10:40 AM PDT

Some external HD cases like the HD to be jumpered as master (MA) and some like cable select (CS). You should try each one to see which is friendly.

In Windows XP, I format all my drives in DISK MANAGEMENT.

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Got it!
by brungart / May 14, 2006 9:49 AM PDT

Hi guys, after much trial and error, i've found out how to get the icon. The reason why the new External HD was in the ''My Computer'' hard drives is because of 2 reasons. First, the Disk is yet to be partitioned and formatted. And secondly, its because it is having a conflict with other C: and D: . The New Harddrive initial drive is either C: or D:, but since most of our computers already have 2 HD, then a conflict arises. You want to assign a different alphabetic to the new drive. I used e: because my f: is already for my vaio reader card.

What you want to do for all of this is to right-click on my computer and press the ''manage'' button. It will bring you to Computer Management and there, try to locate your new External Storage at Disk Management. Once you do that, press it and try to partition and format it. They will give 2 diff version. Use the first partition. Press the format button and VOILA!! A new E: appears in MY COMPUTER and the HD will start formatting. Happy I hope this helps. Thank you for your info! I was puzzled at first where Disk Management was and kept looking at the net.. i thought it was somekind of software that i have to download. haha;. I'm a newbie at this.

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