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Can't get my computer to recognise External hard drive. RRS feed

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  • When I plug my hard drive in and switch it on, my (windows 7) laptop recognises it and it appears in 'Disk Management' but when I try to Initialize it, it says "The device is not ready".

    I have already tried the cmd.exe > diskpart etc. trick but it says that the disk is already online. It doesn't show in 'my computer' either.

    I know that the hard drive isn't broken because I used it on my old vista PC (which I no longer have) and it was always fine. It just seems to be that as soon as I plugged it into my windows 7 laptop, I have never been able to get it to work.

    There is nothing currently on the hard drive that I want so if there is a way to format the whole thing to get it to work then that would be fine.

    Any ideas??? 

    • Moved by Just Karl Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:51 PM Looking for the proper forum.
    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:38 AM

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  • Hello,

    I'd ask in the Windows 7 forum on Microsoft Community.

    Karl


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    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:51 PM

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  • Hello,

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    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:50 PM
  • Hello,

    I'd ask in the Windows 7 forum on Microsoft Community.

    Karl


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer.
    My Blog: Unlock PowerShell
    My Book: Windows PowerShell 2.0 Bible
    My E-mail: -join ('6F6C646B61726C406F75746C6F6F6B2E636F6D'-split'(?<=\G.{2})'|%{if($_){[char][int]"0x$_"}})

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:51 PM