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My External Hard Drive Isn't Showing Up on My Computer, Help!

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So I turned my computer on one day, tried to access my external HDD but it wasn't there, it does appear on disk management but it says it's unallocated.

If it matters Windows installed some updates before this all started happening, my system's specifications are on my sig.

All my other USB accessories and my internal HDD's work great so I don't know if that's what's wrong. frown.gif

I'd appreciate any sort of help at all! Thanks! biggrin.gif

Screenshot (the external HDD is the last one that says 'unallocated'):

post #2 of 11
You need to do a quick format on the drive....

Right click in unallocated space
choose new simple volume
Click next
Click next
Assign following drive letter do not change..
Click next
Format this volume is assigned
Check box perform a quick format
Click next
Click Finish

Did you have data on the external drive?

Here is another guide with pictures smile.gif
http://www.overclock.net/t/1227647/how-to-initialize-and-format-a-new-disk-for-use-in-windows/0_30
Edited by hyperkite - 5/25/13 at 8:46am
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post #3 of 11
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Obviously I'd like to get the data off in the first place, that's why I was asking for help.
post #4 of 11
There is nothing obvious in your first post, you
your were asking for help about unallocated space,
which I helped with, not how to recover data.

Maybe someone else will chime in and help you get your data back...
Good Luck smile.gif
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Hmm... drive is it? WD? I would try grabbing R-Studio (I have it, and it is valuable beyond words). Scan the drive and see what comes up. Also, take a listen the drive and make sure it is not making any kind of strange noises.
 
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post #6 of 11
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It's a Iomega eGo drive, not sure about the actual hard drive inside. redface.gif

I'll look into it thanks! biggrin.gif
post #7 of 11
You can probably take the external apart and see if you can check the data that way.
 
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post #8 of 11
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So I got R-Studio up and running and left it to scan overnight, this is what I've got, where do I go from here?

post #9 of 11
See the one that starts at 1kb and ends at 750? That is the one you want to go after. Are there any other partitions on the drive? I cannot see the rest.

If not, select the one that says Untitled, and click open files. It will take a bit, then select what you want to recover and click recovered marked. It will ask you where you want to put the data. smile.gif

If that doesn;t work, try going for the one that says empty space, but generally, that one you can ignore.
 
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post #10 of 11
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I can't see the one that starts at 1KB and ends at 750GB, where you talking about the one labeled 'Untitled'? redface.gif

I'll leave it to do that overnight. thumb.gif
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