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Help XP Windows Explorer doesn't display USB Hard drive

By nikhildhyan2004 ·
I have a new Samsung 160GB IDE hard drive that I have put in an external (USB) case (Noontec Sunlite.) When I plug it into my laptop or desktop they both recognise it, install it and report that it is 'working.' However when I bring up windows explorer I don't see it. Does it matter whether the Jumper caps are set to Master/slave or other? I don't think so cause I've tried them all. Or do I just have a dud drive? Any ideas would be much appreciated.

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Have you formatted the drive?

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Help XP Windows Explorer ...

If you have not then there is no available drive to allocate a drive letter to so you'll need to go into Computer Management, Drives right click on the unformatted drive and scroll down the drop down list till you see the format option and then format it in the form that you need.

Once this is done it will appear in explorer.

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Formatt? Wouldn't I loose all my info?

by victoriafm In reply to Have you formatted the dr ...

Hey guys! I am having the same problem. The now external HD is not recognized by neither the disk manager nor windows explorer. Should I format it? I am actually trying to save information from my old computer. If I format the disk then the whole point of my purchase is lost and so is the money. :-( SOS!

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You won't be able to format it if it can't be seen

by Jacky Howe In reply to Formatt? Wouldn't I loose ...

If the drive is not present in the Disk Management window or if you are not able to access it, then the drive may have failed.
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Recheck your connections and make sure that everything is connected properly.
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You may be able to use the Hard Drive Makers Testing Utility to Test the Drive
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Hitachi / IBM - DFT "Drive Fitness Test"
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http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm
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Works with all manufacturers
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Western Digital "Data Lifeguard"
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http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp#dlgtools
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Works with WD drives only
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Fujitsu "FJDT"
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http://www.fel.fujitsu.com/home/drivers.asp?L=en&CID=1
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Works with fujitsu models only
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Samsung "hutil"
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http://www.samsung.com/Products/Hard...ties/hutil.htm
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Compatability unknown...
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Seagate "Seatools"
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http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools
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Works with Seagate drives only
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Let us know how you get on.
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Does it show up in Disk Management?

by ugadata In reply to Help XP Windows Explorer ...

Rather than using Explorer try using Disk Management to see if the drive is recognized?

Disk management will see the drive even if it is not formatted. If the drive is formatted and it is a Dynamic Disk you may need to import the drive. It is also possible the the drive was assigned a drive letter that already in use by an existing drive.

To get to disk management right on the My Computer icon and choose Manage. If the view is not expanded click on the plus sign next to Storage. You see the option for Disk Management in the list.

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Thanks you guys hit the nail on the head.

by nikhildhyan2004 In reply to Does it show up in Disk M ...

I feel like a droob, I had omitted to format the drive, using disk management as suggested I created a volume on the disk and it works fine now. Thanks for taking the time with something so simple.

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Noontec Sunlight Model No. U235 3.5inch 500BG

by edlegs In reply to Help XP Windows Explorer ...

I have a similar problem: I used a noontec sunlight model no. u235 (3.5inch, 500GB) to save my old photos as copies (not as backup using backup software). I was running window 7 32-bit at that time when my system crashed. I am now using a new computer which I bought with windows 7, 64-bit pre-installed, but now windows doesn't "see" the sunlite as a usb drive. When I use disk management, windows identifies the usb drive as unformatted. Is there a way I can access the drive without formatting it? I want to retrieve my old photos from it.

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