External Hard drive not found. Please help me.

By adamjn90
Mar 7, 2007
  1. I formated my external hard drive with acronis drive clenser and now when i plug it into the computer it makes the noise saying that is is detected and shows in the system tray but has no drive letter and does not show in my computer. What is wrong??

  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,477   +126

    Under XP do this:

    1. connect the drive as you would to the PC and turn it on
    2. click on start, then run
    3. type: compmgmt.msc
    4. click on disk management
    5. You should see letter assigned to your external drive
    6. If you do then format that drive under Windows XP

    If you don't see the drive then you got a problem. Try a different USB port
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    It will probably also need to be setup as a primary drive.

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  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes Primary or Master IDE... If you have a SATA external, no jumpering is necessary
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