Unrecognized USB Hard Drive

By theatreadictt27
Jan 21, 2006
  1. I have just purchased a 250 GB Western Digital Internal hard drive and an Ads Tech Hard Drive enclosure case. I installed my internal hard drive in the hard drive case and plugged in the USB cable into my computer (a Gateway model). After I plugged in the USB cord, Windows XP automatically installed the drivers and told me that my mass storage device was installed and ready to use. However, when I go to my computer, there is no new hard drive there to access. I checked the device manager, and the hard drive is recognized, but just not available for some reason. I have tried updating the drivers, but nothing works. I was wondering is someone could tell me if this is a problem with my computer or with the hard drive or possibly the case.
    Thanks for your help
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    the drive needs to be partitioned and formatted. got o administrative tools\computer management\disk management. right click on the drive and partition it then format it.
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