Solved Why am I unable to find the hitachi 500gb hard drive plugged

September 8, 2020 at 05:05:00
Specs: Windows 7
I used this external hard drive to save movies and tv shows attached to my Dish TV DVR. Now I want to use it on my computer but when it is plugged into the usb post it can not be found.

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September 8, 2020 at 06:19:25
Ok, delete volume, you should then be able to add an drive letter & then Format.


#1
September 8, 2020 at 05:20:30
It probably needs to be reformatted to a format Windows will recognize, which means you will lose all your data. Have a look in Disk Management to see if the external HDD is listed there.

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#2
September 8, 2020 at 05:42:03
I went to disk management and am not sure what I am looking for it shows C and another external hard drive I use to keep all photos and documents stored on it is a 2TB and it always says External Storage E there are two others listed with no name but one appears to be the right one 464.83GB. So what do I do now ? LOL

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#3
September 8, 2020 at 05:44:57
"but one appears to be the right one 464.83GB. So what do I do now ?"
If you are 100% sure you have the correct drive, right click on it & hit Format.

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#4
September 8, 2020 at 05:50:19
when I right click all choices are gray except "delete Volume" and "help"

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#5
September 8, 2020 at 06:19:25
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Ok, delete volume, you should then be able to add an drive letter & then Format.

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September 8, 2020 at 06:27:35

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September 8, 2020 at 06:28:25
Your a Genius !!! I can not thank you enough.....It works !!

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#8
September 8, 2020 at 06:31:43
For safety... I would temporarily disconnect all other drives - apart of course from the main one. Double check the main (C: drive is the only one present; then attach the problem drive and then format etc... being aware that format will erase everything on the drive.

Do you know what format the drive is using at present? I suspect it might be a Linux format since I think tv sets use Linux based OS not windows...; and Satellite boxes/DVRs similarly...

To read linux via windows you need an add-in utility; usually the freebies are fine... See this article as it details the various angles and how to install a reader...

https://www.howtogeek.com/112888/3-...

I have used a freebie in the past and no problems.


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#9
September 8, 2020 at 06:52:07
Good news, thanks for the feedback.

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#10
September 8, 2020 at 07:28:17
I am an old fart and sometimes this tech stuff just mystifies me, you saved me a lot of trouble and time thank you again Johnw

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