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removing listing of an external hard drive

by glb613 / January 21, 2005 7:07 PM PST

I have an old hard drive that I decided I could use for storage. I bought a USB 2.0 external case, connected the hard drive, plugged it into my computer and everything was fine until I followed the directions for partitioning. I'm running XP and the instructions said to go to control panel, administrative tools, computer management then disk management. Right click on the external drive and select create a partition. I did that and now the drive is missing from the control panel, windows explorer and device manager. I can't use it or do anything with it. According to the directions a "create a partition wizard" would appear and format the USB 2.0 external hard drive and it didn't. I tried doing a system restore and that didn't work. I've tried to recreate the partition and that didn't work. I've decided to take it to the shop where I bought the external case and see if they will format it for me.

The other problem I have and the reason for posting here is, I still have this hard drive listed in the disk management. I don't have it connected and it is still there. I can't delete or otherwise remove it. Any suggestions? It doesn't have a drive letter assigned but, it shows the size and 39MB FAT Healthy EISA Configuration. What is that and can I get rid of it?

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