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I found a couple posts that were similar to this, but I wanted to start my own so I don't suck on their posts.

I have Western Digital My Book Studio Edition 500GB external HDD hooked up via a USB cable. The cable does work as I have used it with other components.

The hard drive itself os powered via a seperate cable.

When the drive is plugged in and connected to the computer, my PC recognizes it as it would with any other removeable media (e.g. flash drives) and everything is fine and dandy.

When I go into "My Computer" however, there is no drive to be found.
Reading other posts, I directed myself into Disk Management to try and partition the drive, but to no avail. All I see on Disk Management is my two internal drives that I already use.

Any suggestions?
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You could try

Restarting your computer, making sure inside the external enclosure that the everything is hooked up, try using a different usb port and when the thing pops up when you plug in the drive click view files and folders.
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Go to control panel -> administrative tools -> computer management ->

Under storage on the left side click on disk management. Look for it there? Maybe its trying to share a drive letter with something else.
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astraelrean's post did it for me, also found out my friends laptop had 70gb of unallowd hd space lol
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I don't get this:

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Originally Posted by Generaltso294 View Post
When the drive is plugged in and connected to the computer, my PC recognizes it as it would with any other removeable media (e.g. flash drives) and everything is fine and dandy.

When I go into "My Computer" however, there is no drive to be found
.. how do you know that your PC recognizes it and everything is fine and dandy? What exactly is happening when you plug it in?

As suggested above, go to device manager and look at your disk drives. If not there, view by connection and search down for your USB hubs - it should show as connected there. If it's faulty, however, device manager should show it as a problem device as soon as you open it..
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