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My WD green hard drive does not show up in my disk management how do I fix this?

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  • Western Digital
  • Disk Management
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July 4, 2014 4:06:03 AM

When I plug in my external WD-2TB hard drive is does not show up in my computer or in the disk management, can anyone help me?

I have checked the cable and the cable and USB port do work

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a c 162 G Storage
July 4, 2014 8:00:19 AM

can you hear the drive spinning up?
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a b G Storage
July 4, 2014 8:23:50 AM

HamishBertram said:
When I plug in my external WD-2TB hard drive is does not show up in my computer or in the disk management, can anyone help me?

I have checked the cable and the cable and USB port do work


Other than the last question of whether or not its spinning up, I also need to know the operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux), and the model name of the exact external your using.
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September 29, 2014 10:49:20 PM

I am having the same problem, I have checked on all wondows platforms as well as Linex. My hard drive is live and spinning.
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a c 1295 G Storage
September 29, 2014 11:17:41 PM

Hi there HamishBertram,

Is the drive in some sort of external enclosure? Also it will be good if you provide us some information about whether the drive is making any sounds or is recognized by the BIOS.

Cheers,
D_Know_WD
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a b G Storage
September 30, 2014 5:32:08 AM

Emerald said:
can you hear the drive spinning up?

If he is looking under disk management he is using Windows. For both issues in this thread it is likely the drives need to have a volume created on them in disk part or any other program used to create volumes.

Run the command prompt
type in 'diskpart' and press enter
type list disk
select the disk you need to configure (eg. 'select disk 1', or whatever drive that is not listed in windows)
type in 'clean all' this process can take a considerable amount of time (a few hours in this case)
then type 'create system volume'
You can then manage the disk from disk management, the problem you are likely having now is without a volume defined on the drive windows cannot allocate space or identify partitions, thus as it has no partitions it won't show up. Generally this situation occurs when attempting to break RAID volumes, occasionally when the drive is from a previous OS with a unique non-standard configuration, but more often when the drive was purchased and the manufacturer (or reseller, if not purchased through retail first hand) did not configure the drive before selling it.
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