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My Buffalo External Hard drive is not showing up on my PC, nor is disk management

I have had this Buffalo 2 TB of external storage, unplugged from my computer several months. The last time I used it everything seemed fine. Today I decided to upload more documents from my computer to free up space on my hard drive, I am stuck with a non functioning external hard drive. Tried changing USB ports / cable several times to no avail. I have so much important documents stored on it, shrugs!!! Who knew that these garnets whom we all thoroughly trusted with our data will stop working / crash. Whats the use they are making these devices. I am so furious please help. I have no idea what to install. I saw a previous posting indicating that my computer drivers need to be updated. I refuse to upload more trash on my computer with limited storage. Thanks
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  1. odds are this is a large drive, did you remember to plug in the external power adapter?
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    I had an exact same problem and tried everything I could think of; restarting my computer, unplugging all the cable from the ext. HD, etc. I almost gave up, then it dawned on me. UNPLUG USB CABLE FROM YOUR COMPUTER AS WELL! I did so, then I plugged the cable into a different USB port on my computer. Voila! It worked.

    I hope this tactic works for u!
    ;)
  3. Hi there putin,

    Does it seem to power up at all? You could try connecting the drive to another PC, in order to see whether it is a driver related issue. Another thing you may want to check out is whether it is recognized by the BIOS.

    D_Know_WD
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