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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Just bought an 80 gb USB hard drive from Amazon. Plugged it in to 1.1 USB port but is not recognised - no show at all. Supposed to work just by plugging in. I get the usual "this would work faster in a USB 2.0 port" but that's all. Tried everything on the cd but nothing helps. I get a green light on the drive and some vibrations that come in waves like its trying to load - like when you first put a dvd in the computer drive. Also tried plugging in the 2nd cable to give more power but thsi does not help either.
Am I doing something wrong? Any suggestions?
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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1 Like #1
Have you tried looking under computer management. you may find it has no partition on it. it could also be that it has tried to assign a drive letter that is already used.
1 Like #2
As said by nightbreed, as its a new drive you will need to format it, so that i creates a readable partition, then it should be picked up by your PC. Right click on my computer and then manage, then disk management
#3
Thanks - have just been through computer management and have ended up with the message 'this device cannot instal' - have tried uninstalling and re-installing but no good.
#4
All that shows on Disc Management is the main hard drive and the DVD drive.
#5
put it directly into one of the top rear ports after removing and rebooting, then wait two minutes
#6
Not quite clear on that - 'directly into one of the top rear ports' - sounds exactly like it is at the moment.
banned#7
buy a usb 2.0 card then lol
#8
Yes - I've got one and it does not work in that either.
1 Like #9
is it powered by the usb port or does it have its own psu?
if its usb powered then it could be that your pc isn't capable of providing enough power. a lot of external drives come with an adaptor that either sits on the keyboard port to nick power from there or has 2 usb plugs so it can use the power from 2 ports instead of one.
#10
Thanks for suggestion - it is USB powered and it has got a 2nd USB lead which I have used but unfortunately it does not help.
1 Like #11
what version of windows is this?
#12
XP Pro - eventually got it to work using both leads to get extra power. Thanks to all - rep added.

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