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External Hard Drive not showing up anymore

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I'm having some trouble with my external hard drive. It's worked fine for me for a while, but recently I haven't been able to get it to show up on my computer. There's no notification that it's been connected and it isn't being shown in My Computer or Disk Management. The hard drive itself is being shown under device manager, but that's the only trace of it I can find. It's a WD hard drive if that matters (500 GB).
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If possible I would try it in another PC and if you can run a chkdsk on it. Also you may want to verify all updates for windows and also drivers. If everything is up-to-date and nothing else out of place I would think you have a bad drive. Usually when this happens to me I test it in other machines but it almost always comes down to replace it. Unless of course you have a business Dell then it is the mobo lol
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Jango (Main Rig)
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Edward (HTPC)
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4790 MSI ATX LGA 1150 Z97 PC MATE mobo EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility 4 (OS) 1TB Hitachi (Data & Apps) 1TB Hitachi (Movies & other Multimedia) 750GB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
DVD±RW / ASUS USB 2.0 8x Slim external DVD Burner Cooler Master Hyper T4 NZXT Sentry Mix COOLER MASTER SickleFlow 120mm x2 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 10 Pro 64bit ASUS VS247H-P 23.6"  ASUS VH236H 23"  HP 27" 2560x1440 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Corsair Professional Series HX850W CM Storm Trooper Razer Tron 
Mouse PadOtherOther
XTRAC Pads Ripper XL Rosewill Red USB 2.0 7 Port Hub With Power Adapter Creative HS-1000 Fatal1ty Gaming Headset 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Qu... ASRock A780GXE/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G ATX ATI Radeon HD 4670 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1... 
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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1... Hitachi 1TB 7200 RPM SATAII 3.0Gb/s Samsung 250GB 7200 RPM Enermax ETS T-40 T.B. SILENCE 
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