Portable Hard Drive Boots but doesn't show up


I took a hard drive from a Digital Video Recorder to put the security video on my pc.  I used one of the hard drive housings that I bought at Best Buy.

It connects via usb and makes the sound showing it has connected and I see the icon at the bottom right of the screen that shows that I have the option to disconnect the drive "safely"

However, when I go to My Computer it doesnt show the hard drive.

I am using windows 7.  Is it possible it doesnt show something because the DVR recorder is using a different operating system?

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Cesar AracenaPHP EnthusiastCommented:
Hi hadhazi1,

It could be a different OS or you simply might need more energy to power up your external HDD. Try to find someone with a 2-USB cable (usually one black and one red) and use it to connect your HDD. People with some models of HDD carry discs might have these cables laying around.

If that doesn't work then yes, try pluggin it in a *nix computer to see if you can see what's inside the disc and then transfer the video(s) to your network/PC.

Most DVR units use linux, this requires you to install a package to read the drive in ext2/3/4 filesystem.

You can use colinux with this method:

You may also be able to read the drive with ext2read


If you just want to format the drive and use it for windows, you can go to control panel, administrative tools, disk manager and remove the partition and set it up with NTFS and format it with ntfs (This will destroy the data on the disk) but it will make it a usable hard disk in windows 7.

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