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I can't access my external HDD via windows.

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April 27, 2014 1:17:53 AM

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?
April 27, 2014 1:29:53 AM

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. :) 

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April 27, 2014 1:32:07 AM

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'
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April 27, 2014 1:53:41 AM

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.
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April 27, 2014 1:56:31 AM

Are you using Sata, IDE, USB. HDD bay? What kind of HDD is it?
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April 27, 2014 1:58:22 AM

LG XD1 - USB
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April 27, 2014 2:03:59 AM

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.
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April 27, 2014 2:27:07 AM

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!

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April 27, 2014 2:29:28 AM

Have you ever reformatted the drive? Different formats can effect how windows sees the drive.
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April 27, 2014 2:42:26 AM

No, It's still NTFS from the first day...
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April 27, 2014 2:46:01 AM

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.
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April 27, 2014 2:51:56 AM

If I can't find a solution, I'll do that!

Thanks for your time.
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