My external harddrive wont show up on vista (brand new harddrive)

By tentoes
Mar 1, 2008
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  1. i bought the harddrive and it is read in the system i guess, it pops up as safely remove hardware, but nothing shows up in the somputer settings. whats going on, the drivers are up to date and correct... im confused.
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    Do you see the drive under Disk Management when it's plugged in?

    Start>Run>diskmgmt.msc>Ok
  3. tentoes

    tentoes Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    yes it says 74.53 (only 80 gig harddrive.) unallocated

    disk 1
    unitialized
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    Right click on the drive and initialize it.
  5. tentoes

    tentoes Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    its says use the following partition style
    MBR (master boot record)
    GPT (GUID Partition Table)

    which one?
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    MBR I'd assume.
  7. tentoes

    tentoes Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    ok nothing happend...then agian it doesnt help i have no idea what im doing. i have a disk 1
    basic
    74.53 GB
    unallocated
    and

    Disk 0
    basic
    74.53 GB
    online

    yet the one i bought doesnt appear to be on here i have a main hardrive split for data and for ACER C: and i have a CD-ROM O the only thing on here is three drives one has 9.76 GB free (100%) the ACER has 3.81 (11%) and the data has 27.22 (84%) thats all so the external does not appear to be on here... im very confused sorry.
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    I can't really understand what you're saying.

    If the external hard drive you bought isn't detected by Windows, try a known working USB port. If it's still not being detected or it can't be initialized you might have a defective drive. Consider having it replaced.

    If however, it is being detected, you'll probably have to format the drive after it's been initialized.
  9. tentoes

    tentoes Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    i found the drive, its there the only options it gives me is properties and help when i right click. sorry about the confusion.
  10. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    It's okay.

    Look under "My Computer". If you see the drive here, right click it and click "Format...". Do not click the "Quick Format" option.
  11. tentoes

    tentoes Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    its not in "My Computer" im running vista in just in case you didnt know
     
  12. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    If it's not there then its either not being detected by Windows or it's not initialized. I believe you should automatically be prompted to initialize the HDD when you open the diskmgmt.msc utility. If that isn't happening, you may have a defective HDD. Try to get it replaced.
  13. tentoes

    tentoes Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    thank you for the help, ill do that.
  14. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    You could always try the drive in another PC or wait for someone else to respond.

    There was someone posting here a day or two ago with the same issue (their external HDD wouldn't initialize), they replaced theirs and I assume it solved their problem because I don't believe they have posted back.
  15. tentoes

    tentoes Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    hmmmm... well its worth a go, im going to tinker with his for a while until i feel like throwing it agianst a wall... or someone else responds to this. ill look the other up. thanks.
  16. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    Throwing it against the wall would probably void any warranty you have :D. Though, it'd be quite the stress reliever I'm sure.
  17. tentoes

    tentoes Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    http://www.jakeludington.com/hadware_upgrades/20040909_diy_external_hard_drive.html

    this was the answer to my question i just didnt know how to bring up the graphicical on te bottom of the drive manager. all the info was there and its no longer partition its well i forget now, yeah go me right. anyways for all those readingn this go to this site this guy does a god job of telling you what you need to do (mainly because its done with pictures... yeah i really needed those!)

    well good luck
  18. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    :) Welp, congratulations.
     
  19. tentoes

    tentoes Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    hey can you answer another question? it has to do with alcohol 120% and mounting a .iso i can mount it i can install the game then when it comes time to play it the comp. doesnt recognize the mount as a cd. im in korea so i dont have access to any blanks right now.
  20. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    I'm going to go ahead and assume that you are just making a backup of a game that you currently own :).

    I'm unfamiliar with Alcohol 120%'s mounting software. I've never had a reason to use it. Try something like ISO Recorder v3 or Virtual CloneDrive.
  21. tentoes

    tentoes Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    good assumption ;)

    thanks for the advice.
  22. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    ;) No problem...
  23. tentoes

    tentoes Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    good assumption;)

    thanks for the advice
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