Seagate Expansion 2Tb Ext HDD not assigned a drive letter

Microsoft Windows xp home sp2
April 1, 2012 at 00:53:38
Specs: Win XP, Various
I have been using a Seagate Expansion 2Tb Ext HDD with my HP 6400 laptop to store AV stuff. I had a problem with the enclosure where the USB plug broke off inside the enclosure, doesnt appear to be soldered but glued...I transferred the HDD to an identical 2tb enclosure which sort of worked to access the drive, now the laptop wont recognise the drive,

The drive appears in Device Manager as a Seagate Desktop USB drive, which appears to be correct, but not showing up in My Computer...have done a bit of googling and it appears that the drive is not being assigned a drive letter.. I have attempted to access the drive thru several different recovery programs but no luck..

Any Ideas would be greatly appreciated


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#1
April 1, 2012 at 02:31:51
Some enclosures will not work with some drives. I have had this problem before, either the drive will spin up and work for a bit then spin down, or the firmware on the enclosure just will not access the drive until you do a proper initialization using the proprietary manufacture's software.

You maybe able to see the enclosure in the device manager, but is your drive spining? Just put your ear to it. If it is, then the drive may have been encrypted by the old case or the new case doesn't want to work with it.

Try to find a desktop that you can use and an extra SATA cable. Plug it in there and if you can see it there it's your new case, if you can't then you may want to find someone to solder the USB jack back to the original enclosure.

Hope this helps


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#2
April 1, 2012 at 04:32:12
"Try to find a desktop that you can use and an extra SATA cable. Plug it in there and if you can see it there...." [Just in case you do not realize it, this is using it as an internal hard drive to make sure that the drive itself works.]
If the drive works as an internal drive then either have the drive enclosure repaired (as above) or try a different brand case, possibly from the drive's original manufacturer (best) if they will sell you one.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
April 1, 2012 at 07:12:32
does the drive appear in disk management ?
if not then go to seagates website download the latest drivers for it.

if it appears in disk management right click on it and click on assign driver path or letter
to go to disk management right click my computer then click on manage
hope this helps
and keep us posted

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