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SUBJECT: Where O Where Is My External Hard Drive?

This is my first attempt at building an external hard drive. I was very careful to check with the forum before purchasing:

Thermaltake Max 4 Active Cooling HDD Enclosure


Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive
3.5 Inch, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM SATA II WD1001FALS

The first of three external hard drives I plan to build, seemed very easy with the enclosed instructions.

The problem arouse when I tried to install this hard external drive on my Windows XP Professional.

You see, I am having a freezing problem on my Windows XP so I decided this would be the perfect time to start my external hard drive
library. This way, In safe mode, I could move my V.I.P. files, photos, etc. to my first new external drive making it possible
to format my PC hard drive and put Windows 7 Professional on it.

I was warned to use and test my new external hard drive first before saving V.I.P files to it and I plan to do just that. I was also warned to be very sure I could find my V.I.P files on the new external hard drive before formatting my PC's hard drive and I plan to do this as well.

1.) I first turned on my newly connected external hard drive, fully
planning to Format it.

2.) I went to Control Panel/ Add Hard Ware etc. but couldn't find it
on my PC to format it!

3.). I went back to Add Hard Ware and found it listed as "Generic

4.) I then went to My Computer/ Manage/ Device Manager/ and searched
under Storage, where I found a red X over "Removable Storage".

It is quite obvious to me I don't know what I am doing here (sigh). so, here I am.

I am not too proud to beg for help. Please, Please, Pretty Please, Somebody, any experienced body, please walk me through this!

Thank You For Your Time :>)


Dell Dimension XPS 400/9150

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Intel Pentium D 820 (2.8GHz) w/Dual Core Technology
DESKTOPS..., 820 SKT-T, Male

Hard Drive: 160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
> > (7200RPM) ,DIM,P 3.5IN,1.44MB,FD,

Memory: 1GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz

Modem: 56K PCI Data Fax Modem

Video Card: 256MB ATI Hyper Memory PCI-Express
> > X16 (DVI/VGA/TV out) Radeon X600 SE (320-4383)

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive: 16X DVD ROM and 48X CD-RW


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Try this.

In reply to: SUBJECT: Where O Where Is My External Hard Drive?

Find the DISK MANAGEMENT tool in this OS. Make it full screen as some miss the new drive since you may have scroll down to see it.

Google XP DISK MANAGEMENT on how to use this tool to partition and format the new drive.

TIP; Use the fast format unless you have a day to wait.

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I tried

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I went to:

Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Disk Management

My PC hard drive info was there but I found no trace of my new external hard drive :>(

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The defect is

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Not evident in your post so far.

Try this drive on other machines.

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