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USB Port not Detecting External Hard Drive

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September 17, 2013 10:36:50 PM

Hi, and thank you for taking your time on answering this thread.

The problem is my desktop computer's 2.0 ports in the back won't detect my WD Elements External Drive. model number is (WDBPCK0010BBK-01) though it can detect Pen Drives. When i insert it the drive detects but it doesn't show on My Computer. Also when i check it on Disk Management it says "You must initialize a disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it." I also tried it with my laptop but it detects. Only on my desktop computer can't. Help me please, i don't want to lose my important files in there.

/Miche

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a b G Storage
September 17, 2013 11:16:30 PM

Right click on it in Disk Management and Init the physical unit to be partitioned by Windows.

... OK, wait a sec. Did it used to work before?
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September 17, 2013 11:18:49 PM

Thank you for replying, sir. But one question. Does it delete the data on the External Drive if i do it? I hope for your quick response.

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September 17, 2013 11:19:28 PM

Try changing it's drive letter in Disk Management - that works under some circumstances. No risk of data deletion when u do that.

Formatting does destroy data, but you should always have duplicates on another drive anyway, It's very unwise to use only one drive for your data.

I'm shocked at just how many people are still risking all their data on just a single hard drive - no backups.
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September 17, 2013 11:35:04 PM

Phillip Corcoran said:
Try changing it's drive letter in Disk Management - that works under some circumstances. No risk of data deletion when u do that.

Formatting does destroy data, but you should always have duplicates on another drive anyway, It's very unwise to use only one drive for your data.

I'm shocked at just how many people are still risking all their data on just a single hard drive - no backups.


Thank you for your response sir, there is no option for that on the disk management to change the drive letter. Actually sir, this is my backup external drive. I have been using this for 4 months and just having this problem today. Though the problem only exists on my Desktop Computer and the drive still detects on Laptop.

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a b G Storage
September 17, 2013 11:51:32 PM

Yeah re-init also nukes the data.
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September 18, 2013 1:13:17 AM

Bump. Anyone help please?


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September 18, 2013 5:06:00 PM

Bump, any help please?
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