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Can't find external hard drive


FPCH New Member
Mar 21, 2007
PC Experience
Some Experience

Just bought a new external hard drive. I connected it to the PC (running Windows XP) using the USB connector and I get the usual noise to say that something has been connected.

Normally it sets off an autoplay routine but that doesn't happen and when I go to windows explorer to find the device it doesn't appear in the list.

so if the PC is acknowledging it is there, why can't I find it?

Any ideas?




FPCH Long Term Member
Oct 9, 2008
When you open "My Computer" does it show there?

Normally autoplay will only kick in if the drive came with software installed on it.

Dalo Harkin

FPCH Member
May 27, 2008
Stockport near Manchester
PC Experience
Elite PC Guru
If you goto control panel and then admin settings, then computer management and then disk management on the left hand side. it should show there if nowhere else
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