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I cannot get my external hard drive fully installed on vista

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May 24, 2012 6:01:28 AM

I plugged the external hard drive in correctly and Computer showed a new removeable disk. The instructions then said " An icon for online plug should appear on the lower right corner of the status bar. (new hard-disc should be divided into sections with FDISK first, then its icon will appear and normal operation can start after formatting)" I did not get any thing appearing, and what is the status bar? I am lost and hoping someone can help. I am using Vista.
May 24, 2012 8:04:47 AM

eldel44 said:
I plugged the external hard drive in correctly and Computer showed a new removeable disk. The instructions then said " An icon for online plug should appear on the lower right corner of the status bar. (new hard-disc should be divided into sections with FDISK first, then its icon will appear and normal operation can start after formatting)" I did not get any thing appearing, and what is the status bar? I am lost and hoping someone can help. I am using Vista.


Status bar is bottom of screen, start orb, windows that areopen. Far right side, system tray (where icon will appear.) It is asking you to Partition the drive and format with fdisk. If you are not familiar with its use, you may want to use a 3rd Partition Manager, like Easeus to do it.
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May 24, 2012 11:14:38 PM

Thank you for the quick reply, I am going to try using the tips you have given me, I am sure I will be fine now.
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May 25, 2012 8:37:50 AM

eldel44 said:
Thank you for the quick reply, I am going to try using the tips you have given me, I am sure I will be fine now.

Were you able to resolve the issue ?
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May 25, 2012 11:39:36 AM

rather than fdisk it is recommended to use Disk Management.

Create and format a hard disk partition
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May 25, 2012 10:03:00 PM

Best answer selected by eldel44.
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May 25, 2012 10:04:42 PM

Thank you everyone. I have saved all the info and am going to get my son down here to help. He tells me that he knows what you are talking about..............Thanks again....................Del
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