Solved Seagate External Harddrive not seen on Computer

Nvidia / Awrdacpi
June 26, 2013 at 19:44:58
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel Pentium/3GB RAM
Someone gave me a Seagate 500GB external desktop hard drive, (model # 9sf2a2-500) to fix. In Windows Vista and Windows XP Pro it cannot be seen on the Computer page. When I look on Computer Management it shows:
No Drive number, Simple layout, Basic type, No File System, and a status of Healthy (Primary Partition) showing it has 465.76GB.

It is possible that someone reformatted it to work on a Mac laptop. I am attempting to ensure that it works on a Windows Vista platform.


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#1
June 26, 2013 at 22:29:30
Seems like its unpartitioned, try to make an NTFS file system partition.

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#2
June 27, 2013 at 08:55:47
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It appears the drive is partitioned into one partition but has not been formatted.

If no partitioning is present, Disk Management would call the space unallocated.

Format using NTFS if the drive will only be used for Windows. You MAY need to also assign a drive letter, if one is not automatically assigned. You can also change the drive letter assignment to a higher, never used letter if the location of the external is going to be important.


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#3
June 27, 2013 at 09:45:53
Thanks to both of you. I suspected that I needed to format it to NTFS and possibly assign a drive letter to it. I will do that this afternoon when I get back to where the HDD is and will report the results.

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#4
June 27, 2013 at 15:15:51
Reformatting the HDD worked perfectly and the problem is solved. Thank you for the assists.

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#5
June 28, 2013 at 05:56:12
You are welcome, thanks for getting back to us with the solution.

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