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I have a Western Digital Elements 1TB External HDD with a lot of my stuff on it. I plugged the E-HDD into my windows Vista laptop and i can access all my files. When i plug my E-HDD into windows 7 it tell's me that the E-HDD is there but nothing shows up in "My Computer".
Both my laptop and sig rig are running x64 copies.
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I have a Western Digital Elements 1TB External HDD with a lot of my stuff on it. I plugged the E-HDD into my windows Vista laptop and i can access all my files. When i plug my E-HDD into windows 7 it tell's me that the E-HDD is there but nothing shows up in "My Computer".
Both my laptop and sig rig are running x64 copies.
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right click & assign it a drive letter in cpanel/administrative tools/computer management/disk management
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When i try to give the drive a letter name and a path on the E-DRIVE in Disk Management it gives me the following error
"The operation failed to complete becuase the disk management console view is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using refresh task. If the problem persists close the disk management console, then restart disk management or restart the computer."

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Originally Posted by king_play334 View Post
I have a Western Digital Elements 1TB External HDD with a lot of my stuff on it. I plugged the E-HDD into my windows Vista laptop and i can access all my files. When i plug my E-HDD into windows 7 it tell's me that the E-HDD is there but nothing shows up in "My Computer".
Both my laptop and sig rig are running x64 copies.
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When i try to give the drive a letter name and a path on the E-DRIVE in Disk Management it gives me the following error
"The operation failed to complete becuase the disk management console view is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using refresh task. If the problem persists close the disk management console, then restart disk management or restart the computer."

any help would be cool
Thanks.

USB, or E-Sata?
Plugged directly into PC, No hubs?
Tried different ports?
Different cables?
Powered hub?
Western Digital Elements 1TB I assume has it's own power brick?

What the heck is E-HDD? (External Hard drive)

If it's E-Sata sometimes you have to go into the Raid/Sata manager.. Be careful there because if you pick the wrong option, it may initialize the drive.
(I have one machine that IF say I remove power to drive while in the OS- I'll have to reboot (duh as it's E-Sata)... and upon boot I sometimes have to go into the Raid/Sata configuration utility and re-configure it...This said it sounds like the Os is "sort-of" seeing it...)

If it's USB.... Several years ago I had another device... the fix was to go into the registry and delete all references on the USB bus and let the OS re-detect the device.

Above is said with of course going into disk management once drive is recognized and assigning a drive letter to it.


Radom thoughts:

#1 DISABLE your Internet Security Suite if you have one... I had a problem the other day with Comodo and a USB flash drive in which I accidentally dismissed a security prompt... and the drive would not install...
#2 Check WD's site for firmware /reported problems.
#3 The drive could be going bad (I know you hate to hear that....)
If it's NEW... remember just because it's NEW, doesn't mean it's "Good".
#4 How old is that drive again?
#5 What is the EXACT MODEL NUMBER of the DRIVE? (Please post- Helps others)
#6 REMOVE ALL USB DEVICES (Unplug physically from bus)... re-try
#7 Run a FULL scandisc on machine that will see the drive, selecting correct errors, then do a full defrag... MFT may have some errors. (That's bad news for your DATA)

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Edited by WeAreNotAlone - 10/29/09 at 11:48pm
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+rep to all help. I had to back my stuff up onto my laptop and reformat the external HDD (AKA E-HDD.)
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I had the exact same issue! I fixed it by plugging it into the USB at the back of the computer, and not the front/hub!

I hope that helps!
-Nick
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