Found 14th Jun 2010
My laptop or ps3 wont read or find my ext hdd

Western Digital 500GB my book

I changed the type from ntfs - exfat

how do i fix it ?

19 Comments

whip out the drive an try in a external case

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boothy;8839196

whip out the drive an try in a external case




:? it is in an external case

dj_urban;8839217

:? it is in an external case



I know...its likely the case is screwed but the drive is ok....happens all the time

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boothy;8839222

I know...its likely the case is screwed but the drive is ok....happens … I know...its likely the case is screwed but the drive is ok....happens all the time




where can i find a new case?

it still powers on etc but my pc or laptop/ ps3 cant find it anymore

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what i think Boothy is trying to say is open up the external case, remove the current hard drive and try a different hard drive in it, if it doesn't find the new hard drive then it is likely to be the case.

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I have no other hdd to try it in other than a 40gb 2.5" if that would work


if not and we shall presume it is the casing, where can i get new casing?

dj_urban;8853362

I have no other hdd to try it in other than a 40gb 2.5" if that would … I have no other hdd to try it in other than a 40gb 2.5" if that would work if not and we shall presume it is the casing, where can i get new casing?



it wouldnt work


go to amazon/ebay and get a cheap 3.5" one

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boothy;8853393

it wouldnt workgo to amazon/ebay and get a cheap 3.5" one




Would this one work fine with it

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dj_urban;8853458

Would this one work fine with it 310222307618



yes

Errr, better idea is to take HDD out of case and connect it as internal drive to a desktop PC for testing. (you can do this immediately if you have a pc)

If you have no SATA cable, you can temporarily remove a cd/dvd drive one for testing with the HDD.

If it works in your PC, just buy a new usb/eSata caddy (Usb for a PS3)

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amzmalhotra;8853566

Errr, better idea is to take HDD out of case and connect it as internal … Errr, better idea is to take HDD out of case and connect it as internal drive to a desktop PC for testing. (you can do this immediately if you have a pc)If you have no SATA cable, you can temporarily remove a cd/dvd drive one for testing with the HDD.If it works in your PC, just buy a new usb/eSata caddy (Usb for a PS3)




:thumbsup: cheers will try jus now

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My pc is 8 yrs old i think different connections i can't do it that way

Which is the better option

Buy a new inclosure

or

buy a new EXT HDD

put back to fat or ntfs

Oh no, people recommending you buy something you don't need because they have no idea what exFAT is.

Nice one.

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dontasciime;8853880

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955704 or install w7




is there one that can work with vista?

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PhearFactor;8853923

Oh no, people recommending you buy something you don't need because they … Oh no, people recommending you buy something you don't need because they have no idea what exFAT is. Nice one.




I really don't know much on the technical side of pc/laptops only the basics changing chips hdd's etc

Plug the hard drive into your Vista laptop and see if you can locate the drive in Disk Management and re-format it to NTFS.

Tutorial for Disk Management here: windowsreference.com/win…ta/

oh sh*t! sorry, I didnt read the part about you switching from ntfs to exfat before.

(But tbh I didnt tell you to buy anything without testing first)

Reformat your drive as long as you don't mind losing what is on it; if anything.

If there is stuff on it, you can install this driver from microsoft ]http//su…704 for xp
in order to read the exfat file system.
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