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I can't access my external HDD via windows.

Hi
I have an old H.D.D. which I can access via any Computer/OS except my current Win7.
I remember the day that it happened, the problem was that all the Letters (c,d,e,f,g,...,x,y,z) were occupied and when I plugged it in, it disappeared.
What should I do to bring it back?
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  1. if you have a RAW drive win or Mac can not read it here is a link to solve that issue <spam site removed>

    but it seem like you have used up some hdd letters as you said, and need to give it a new unit letter
    go to START
    right click on my computer
    go to disk handling (which you will find under storage)
    then right click on a drive (hdd drive your having problems with) and you will see a (change letter) click on that and follow from their very straight forward. :)
  2. Windows 7 has a built in drive tool that can locate drives and their partitions, I would suggest trying to find the drive there, then re-assigning it using the tool.

    Search 'Disk Management'
  3. EdwardElric said:
    if you have a RAW drive win or Mac can not read it here is a link to solve that issue http://blog4mark.blogspot.com/2012/11/convert-raw-to-nt...

    but it seem like you have used up some hdd letters as you said, and need to give it a new unit letter
    go to START
    right click on my computer
    go to disk handling (which you will find under storage)
    then right click on a drive (hdd drive your having problems with) and you will see a (change letter) click on that and follow from their very straight forward. :)



    The HDD wasn't there.
  4. Are you using Sata, IDE, USB. HDD bay? What kind of HDD is it?
  5. LG XD1 - USB
  6. Ok, there doesn't seem to be any support past vista, but it seems to be plug n' play. Have you tried using a different USB port, perhaps you have 3.0 and 2.0, try switching between them.
  7. tmt69 said:
    Ok, there doesn't seem to be any support past vista, but it seems to be plug n' play. Have you tried using a different USB port, perhaps you have 3.0 and 2.0, try switching between them.

    Only USB 2.0 and 1.0 ! and also it didn't work!
  8. Have you ever reformatted the drive? Different formats can effect how windows sees the drive.
  9. No, It's still NTFS from the first day...
  10. Best answer
    Maybe not the solution you are looking for, but perhaps you could back-up the data on a seperate computer, try reformatting the drive so that you can see it once again in windows 7, then throw the data back on to it.

    I know, pain in the butt, but it probably will work.

    Most Macs have a nice reformatting tool that is fairly speedy.
  11. If I can't find a solution, I'll do that!

    Thanks for your time.
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