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Buffalo DriveStation external hard drive recognized, can see it, but not access it.  Any ideas?

Posted on 2008-10-28
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Okay - so I get the darned thing, and it boots up, computer can see it, I can see it in device config and in the bootup sequence.  But I cannot see it in "my computer."  A couple pictures are attached.  Does it have anything to do with the fact it is "not populated?"  It's a refurb and seems basically empty.  Think that is the issue?  Dammit - I should know not to try to skimp on price. It's under warranty, but I thought I'd try the experts first!


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Right click on "My Computer" go to manage >disk management

You should see the drive there. probably as an  unformatted drive.

One quirk that xp has is if you have a lot of network drives, it sometimes assigns the same drive letter to a usb drive.

So, look in the list of drives that I mentioned above, and the problem will probably jump right out at you...

Good Luck !
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Thank God for this site.  I cannot believe I've never been to manage drives before.  I appreciate your help. It worked!!!
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Thank God for this site. I cannot believe I've never been to manage drives before. I appreciate your help. It worked!!!
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Thanks for the kind words !
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When my hair is close to being pulled out, its great to have the experts to show me the way.  Thanks again!!
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