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Lacie External Hard Drive does not show up in My computer but shows up in Disk Managment

Hello guys, desperate for some help here.

My lacie hard drive was working perfectly fine until just suddenly one day it stopped working. I never dropped this hard drive. On windows 7 when I plug in the external drive it doesnt show up in my computer however it shows up in disk management. I am not able to assign a drive letter. It allows me to delete volume but I DO NOT want to do this, I have my life time of artwork, photos and other files in here. I tried plugging the drive into different computers , i tried using different usbs , i plugged the usb behind pc as well. The drive makes a spinning noise or something when its plugged in.


Attached is a screenshot . Disk 2 is the drive . Please HELP! Thank you.
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  1. Hello... take the drive out of the enclosure and plug direct into your motherboard... too determine if it's the hardrive or enclosure/interface... and to get data off of it. do to security settings , you have to make the 'Partition active" in Windows 7, right click for that option.
  2. Ironsounds said:
    Hello... take the drive out of the enclosure and plug direct into your motherboard... too determine if it's the hardrive or enclosure/interface... and to get data off of it. do to security settings , you have to make the 'Partition active" in Windows 7, right click for that option.


    Firstly, thank you for replying!

    I didnt understand the part about "Partition active" . How do i do this? In Disk Management?
  3. Hello... place mouse curser over the graphic display of the drive contents, and right click for the option.
  4. Ironsounds said:
    Hello... place mouse curser over the graphic display of the drive contents, and right click for the option.


    For Disk 2 , it doesnt allow me to do that. Only options that are given when i right click is Delete Volume and Help.
    Unless you meant to do this once I have plugged the drive directly to the motherboard?
  5. By the way, it says under % Free. The drive is 100% . Does this mean all my files are gone?
  6. Best answer
    Hello... any drive or external you need to make "partiton active" what is 'DISK1"? Disk 2 says it healthy and active already, and will need to be formated... try a direct connection to your MB for your next test... there is recovery software to load the backup FAT table on a hardrive, is the next data recovery method... your drive is not showing Windows it's format... what was the Format of the drive? FAT16 Fat32 NTFS? Or were you using a BACKUP Program/software on the drive?... if so you need to Load that software backup for DATA read/recovery.
  7. Hello,
    I recently had a similar problem with Netac 1TB and I read and tried to update the drivers as suggested.
    I finally discovered that sometimes solutions may be far simpler than you think.
    In my case, I carefully had a look at the USB3.0 cable and found on the PC side that a small piece of aluminium paper, probably coming from chocolate sweets was inside the female USB plug.
    so I just removed it using a knife and things just work perfectly now.
    so maybe I could suggets other users facing the same issue to check their USB cable first.
    Regards
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