How do i get external hard drives to work?

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  1. imper

    imper New Member

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    Well i had a virus ruin my copy of xp so i decided to try 7. And i must say i love it.

    But i have a external hard drive that i have backed everything up to. And i cant get 7 to see it. I was using eSATA and even tried usb, but neither worked. The usb works as it sees my iphone, but i cant seem to figure out how to get the rest to work.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Radenight

    Radenight New Member

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    Hi imper and Welcome to the Forum!! :)

    Any external hard drives I've used always just worked when I plugged them in... maybe Win 7 isn't detecting it because it doesn't have that specific model in it's library of devices..? Or maybe it can't find the right driver's to get the drive up and running... I'd do some searches on google first to see if anyone else is having a problem with that specific model.. ;) ...

    it sounds like a driver issue though... in which case you'd have to either search for a beta driver for Windows 7 for your external drive or try the newest Windows Vista driver for your drive and see if that works. If there are no Windows 7 drivers available for your drive yet and the newest Vista one doesn't work then you'll just have to wait until there is one released.. You have to remember Windows 7 is in BETA stages and as such there are going to be issues like this.. and unfortunately some aren't going to be able to be fixed until Windows 7 is further along in development.. ;)
     
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  3. Kyle

    Kyle New Member

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    Hit start > Right click my computer > hit manage > Choose storage > Disk Management > Enable that drive if it shows up.
    Windows may have hid the drive when the PC was being set up if the drive was connected at the time, especially if there are OS files backed up on there.
     
  4. sp00nix

    sp00nix New Member

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    I had to assign a drive letter to one of my internal drives! It was fully installed and recognized in storage manager.
     
  5. Kyle

    Kyle New Member

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    If it was a Windows drive that makes sense, as MS doesn't want you to be able to harm an existing operating system through another.
     
  6. sp00nix

    sp00nix New Member

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    Nah, it was the drive with all of my music and other media on it.
     
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  7. imper

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    well i got it to work on usb. but still could not get it to work through eSATA. so maybe 7 doesnt support eSATA
     
  8. Radenight

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    That's a possibility.. perhaps that will come in future builds... ;)
     
  9. knightrider56

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    hay. I have been able to get a Thermaltake dual external bay to work with one internal sata hard drive with a eSATA connection. But I cant get the darn OS to recognize 2 drives in the dual bay at the same time. So eSata will work with a eSata connection.
     
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  10. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    Knightrider56, you may want to start a new thread. This one is over a year old.
     
  11. Bushpilot

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    I think I found a solution

    Boy I had a HARD time with Win7 seeing my dual external Hard Drives.

    I tried all kinds of methods....one works each and every time.


    1. Unplug POWER to external Drive ** Leave USB plugged in !!! ***

    2 Boot your computer

    3 after your at Desktop - PLUG BACK IN POWER to your HARD DRIVE!!

    WHOLA....


    Like I said I had a VERY hard time with getting my dual external drives to be seen by WIN7.

    After searching all over , I found some methods , however they never worked for me.

    I just tried different methods , and the POWER methods I tried worked 100% of the time.

    I never read this , method , then again I might have..I have no idea...this was a VERY exhausting search - with my own PLUG n PRAY MODE - LOL

    I hope it works for many of you I know just how FRUSTRATING this can be....

    Any questions , fire away , Ill help the best I can...

    //Rog
     
  12. Joe S

    Joe S Excellent Member

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    I've got a cranky WD external HD that periodically goes missing and that seems to bring it back for me too. I don't know why it does it. I have a second one that never causes problems.
    Joe
     

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