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So I was helping a friend set up his SSD into his new computer and after everything was installed and bios and drivers updated, I was trying to help install programs that I already had on my hard drive, however none of his usb ports that were plugged into his p8z68 mobo would work for storage devices, his mouse and keyboard were recognized instantly, but his usb took a while to recognize. After messing around with it his usb was formatted to FAT32 but when I tried to plug in my external hdd, it wouldn't be recognized, it spins up and I can feel it spinning, but it will not pop up on windows. The same thing happened with his external hard drive, after being plugged into the usb ports (both usb3 and usb2) it stopped being recognize. So I was wondering if there was a way to fix this.

his rig details
asus p8z68 pro/gen 3
i5 2500k

I returned to my own computer and plugged it into my usb drive and it will not show up. It powers up, but will not show up, not even in device manager or disk management. When I plug it in, the new device balloon does not pop up, yet when i plug my mouse into it, it pops up with the new device balloon
Edited by chinesethunda - 1/24/12 at 9:33pm
   
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post #2 of 16
Ouch, luck's not on your side mate...
I have no idea how that happened, but we can try something...

- Is the hard disk recognized in the Windows Device manager? How about BIOS/UEFI devices?
- Try with a Linux Live CD, is the hard disk vicible?
- Could the USB cable possibly be damaged? Try with a spare one.

Let me know, I'll post again if I come up with more ideas!

EDIT: May I ask the HD brand?
Edited by d3viliz3d - 1/25/12 at 5:14am
post #3 of 16
I know you mentioned that it wasn't in Disk Management, but are you sure it wasn't assigned a drive letter? Sometimes the drive will be there, but you'll only see it listed if it has a drive letter.

Go back into disk management and see if there are any unlabeled HDD sectors in the bottom of the window.
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I checked disk management and no drive even pops up, there is a disk one removable (e) that has no media in it even when nothing is plugged in, but besides that, when I plug in my external, nothing recognizes it. the cable is okay because it works with another external and another cable doesn't work either. bios is not recognizing the external either.

The weird thing is that when I plug it in, it spins up and gets power, I can feel the external spinning up and stay spinning, but nothing is being recognized
   
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ok..it's a usb problem..do you have all the drivers installed yet?
mess around with the drivers..
As a last resort..you can extract the actual hdd..it's in there...
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Schmuckley View Post

it's in there...

Somewhere...

If you resort to taking open the enclosure, make sure that there is no warranty first. If you don't care about the warranty, go ahead. You can buy new enclosures off of eBay if that one is bad.

Once you get it out of the enclosure, hook it directly up to your computer via a SATA cable.
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yeah, I was thinking about taking it out if there was absolutely no other way. But the weird thing is, it was working perfectly fine until I hooked it up to the kid's new computer. His external also did the same thing, it worked before but once it was plugged in it stopped working. my computer has all the drivers installed already but idk why it wouldn't recognize it on ANY computer
   
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Originally Posted by chinesethunda View Post

yeah, I was thinking about taking it out if there was absolutely no other way. But the weird thing is, it was working perfectly fine until I hooked it up to the kid's new computer. His external also did the same thing, it worked before but once it was plugged in it stopped working. my computer has all the drivers installed already but idk why it wouldn't recognize it on ANY computer

Maybe the USB ports fried the SATA to USB converter?
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post #9 of 16
Its probably not recognized as an "active" partition. Sean Webster would know where to go with this but you probably would want to get into your CMD prompt and list disk and the drive should be listed in that and then you change the partition to active, then it should show up. Maybe read over Seans guide to windows 7. I had the same thing happen and I had to list my partition as active.
post #10 of 16
Mmm key, I'd open it as well. Unless it still has a warranty, in that case you could RMA it. Don't know about the data though. AFAIK Western Digital at least 'tries' to keep the data integer, the others probably do as well, but you might lose everything too.
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