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buffalo hard drive not showing in Win7

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buffalo hard drive not showing in Win7 win explorer, what can I do?
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by:Ivano Viola
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Have you checked Disk Management to see if the drive is detected?
Right click "Computer" - select "Manage" - open "Storage" and choose "Disk Management"
Is the drive USB powered or has an external power supply? Have you tied a different USB cable? Do any lights show-up on the drive?

Post the model of your drive so we know what we're dealing with.

Thanks,

IV
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by:Rapska1ion
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If your drive is internal make sure the sata port is not disabled in the bios. Try swapping ports/cables and verify the ports you are using work. If none of this works post a little more of what you're doing like ivanoviola said.
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by:nobus
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What model is it (usb 2 or 3) and how is it connected?
these do not have a PS of their own -  so test it when using a POWERED usb hub if it is on a usb 2 system

also test the drive on another PC
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The first suggestion is right. Check if the drive has been assigned a drive letter. You can do it via Windows Disk Management.
If it is shown there without drive letter then right click on partition - Add\Remove Driver letter. Select one from the list and assign.
It should show itself in Windows Explorer then but only if:
1)The partition is one of the Windows partitions and not linux or mac ones
2)The partition file system is ok and could be read
3)if the drive is formatted at all.
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by:PaoloBroggi
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Thank you. That worked.
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