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

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December 2, 2013 2:57:41 PM

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.
a b $ Windows 7
December 2, 2013 3:03:18 PM

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.
December 2, 2013 3:15:05 PM

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?
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a b $ Windows 7
December 2, 2013 3:18:41 PM

Hello... place mouse curser over the graphic display of the drive contents, and right click for the option.
December 2, 2013 3:27:11 PM

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?
December 2, 2013 3:29:45 PM

By the way, it says under % Free. The drive is 100% . Does this mean all my files are gone?

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a b $ Windows 7
December 2, 2013 3:37:10 PM
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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.
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