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my computer cant detect external hard disk

December 24, 2010 at 09:29:33
Specs: Windows 7, i3 core/4GP ram

I bought laptop before three months,its dell inspiron ,os is windows 7.If i connect external hard disk it shown in device and printers,it cant shows in my computer.I cant browse the files in external hard disk,please give some positive answers

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#1
December 24, 2010 at 10:09:54

You probably need to format the disk and/or assign it a drive letter. Both of these can be done through the computer management console. Right-click on Computer and select Manage, then look for disk management. This should show you a list of all your hard drives including the external disk. If it is unformatted, it will say so next to the device in the list of drives. Otherwise, all you need to do is right-click on drive (should be second or third on the list) and select Assign Drive Letter. Windows is supposed to do this automatically, but sometimes it doesn't. Without a drive letter assigned, the drive will not show up in Computer/My Computer.

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#2
December 24, 2010 at 10:57:15

There are two components to a USB external hard drive. The enclosure and the drive itself. You may me only seeing the enclosure. Look for the drive in Disk Management and post back how it is listed there, if at all.

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