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Hard Drive Not Showing Up In Windows

Posted on 2004-10-11
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Hello, here is my situation.  I have an external usb WD hard drive.  I owned a MAC for a while (I know, I know), so it was formatted Mac.  Then after I bought a PC again, I used a program on a FRIENDS LAPTOP, called Mac Drive, to take all the stuff I would be keeping off of it, and then I attemped to format it, after which I was going to put all of my stuff back on it.  A quick format would not work, kept saying that it could not complete it, so I did a regular format, waited and waited, then at 99%, could not complete.  After this I noticed tho that it was showing up in "My Computer", so I was like awesome.  I put all the files back on it and everything seemed great.  But when I plugged it back into my computer, no such luck.  If I go into Device Manager, it is under Disk Drives.  But there is no drive letter assigned to it.  Any help on this would be great, thanks.  I'm running XP Pro, SP2.
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cairnsfuture earned 250 total points
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Right click on MY COMPUTER and select MANAGE.  Go to DISK MANAGEMENT, can you see the drive there.  If so try right click on it and format and assign a drive letter.
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Formatting it is optional (if it had been formatted with a filesystem). It may appear as a Foreign Disk, import the disk and assign a drive letter. Credit mostly goes to cairnsfuture, however.
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by:Greddy91
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Cairns response is dead on... if it doesn't work though consider pulling the drive from the external enclosure and setting it up on an IDE channel.  Format should be easier and faster there.
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