External/Portable hard drive (exFAT) won't show up in My Computer

Hi, I have a 500GB Hitachi Touro USB 3.0 portable hard drive. I've formatted it to the exFAT file system so that it could be used with other devices. However now I'm unable to view the contents of the portable hard drive on my Windows 7 laptop.

I can see the device name under the safely remove hardware icon. The laptop even makes the sound when I connect it but nothing shows up on My Computer.

Can anyone help out. Thanks in advance.
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  1. Hi


    Is this the PC on which you formatted the drive at exFAT

    Does it work in other Windows PC's

    it should be compatible with Windows 7

    see
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT

    Have you looked in Device Manager ?
    (under Disks)
    Have you looked at Disk management ?
    does it show up ?
    does it have a drive letter ? (if not add a drive letter)

    regards

    Mike Barnes
  2. Thanks. I think it was actually formatted by a media device.

    I haven't tried it on other Windows's PC's and no it doesn't show up under device manger or disk management.
    How would I add a drive letter?
  3. mbarnes86 said:
    Hi


    Is this the PC on which you formatted the drive at exFAT

    Does it work in other Windows PC's

    it should be compatible with Windows 7

    see
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT

    Have you looked in Device Manager ?
    (under Disks)
    Have you looked at Disk management ?
    does it show up ?
    does it have a drive letter ? (if not add a drive letter)

    regards

    Mike Barnes



    Thanks. I think it was actually formatted by a media device.

    I haven't tried it on other Windows's PC's and no it doesn't show up under device manger or disk management.
    How would I add a drive letter?
  4. I've looked again at device manager. I noticed that another drive does show up under disk drives when i connect it but this doesn't have the same name as the portable hard drive.
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