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    External hard drive won't recognize in Windows 7

    Hey everyone,

    I'm new here! Google results show my problem all over the even on this forum. Last year I bought a 1TB HDD as my primary HDD, and had my Uncle put it in for me, and the HDD that was pre-installed in my computer he put it into an external enclosure with a USB. It worked on his PC. I haven't tried it since last year. I have multiple drives showing up in Disk Management. One of those drives are a USB Flash Drive. Would that be my external? When I fired up the CMD command line to format it, it says insert media. Why does it say that if it's my external? It seems like one of those removable drives that won't show up under Computer. I went into Device Manager to uninstall all USB Controllers including the "unknown device", and then a restart, and no luck. How can I fix this? How can I format it so it can show up? I also tried a reinstall of my OS including a format of the C drive, and no luck.

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    Try this...
    unplug the drive from the USB port of your computer...
    Open a windows explorer window and click on "Computer"...
    It should show a list of your drives...
    Plug the external drive in now and it should "bing" for a new USB device being recognized, and then a new drive letter should appear...
    This may take several minutes in some cases...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPMiller View Post
    Try this...
    unplug the drive from the USB port of your computer...
    Open a windows explorer window and click on "Computer"...
    It should show a list of your drives...
    Plug the external drive in now and it should "bing" for a new USB device being recognized, and then a new drive letter should appear...
    This may take several minutes in some cases...
    Thank you. I'll try it when I get back on my computer. Can I use the CMD to do a full under format to wipe it? I'll post back with my results.

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    It was a no go. I got a message in the bottom of my screen in the right corner. I'll post up the screen shot when I clicked on the message icon. You can see windows explorer in the background as well.
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    Well you could always take the drive out of the external case and simply install it directly into your computer...
    You have to have the PC turned off when you connect it and it needs a data cable as well as a power cable.
    That would rule out a bad USB issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPMiller View Post
    Well you could always take the drive out of the external case and simply install it directly into your computer...
    You have to have the PC turned off when you connect it and it needs a data cable as well as a power cable.
    That would rule out a bad USB issue.
    I'm sorry but I don't open up my computer case, or the enclosure. I always have someone else to do that part. What are some other options?

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    Try this. I'm not sure if it will work with Win 7. Plug the device into the USB port and right click the MY Computer Icon. Choose mange, then storage. See if it initializes.

    Or you could try to go into the control panel, choose administrative tools, computer management, then storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by php111 View Post
    I'm sorry but I don't open up my computer case, or the enclosure.
    Does not compute...

    I've seen the light... It was green, flashy and attached to a Network Interface Card...
    Whenever someone says "You can't miss it", I invariably do...

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