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June 24, 2011 1:17:46 AM

Hello,
My external hard drive is connected and everything, and I know there is space 60 gb of space being used, but I can't see the files, is there way I can.
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June 24, 2011 2:52:43 AM

Hi there and Welcome to Tom's Hardware!

Please be as detailed as you can about your present computer, this external HDD, make, model#, size, how the 60GB of data was placed there, and how it was partitioned. Also how it is connected to your desktop computer (USB, eSATA etc)

Go to Disk Management and in the lower graphical area, see if your internal HDD is listed as Disk 0, and if this external drive is listed below that, probably as Disk 1. Report what is listed in the Drive Status area, and the volume Status area below the colored bar.

That way we can figure out what's going on.
June 25, 2011 4:54:12 AM

My laptop dell latitude E5510 had crashed, so I removed the hard drive connected it using 2.5 usb sata hard drive adaptor, the problem is the fact is I can see that there is space being used, but the files are hidden from view.

I went to disk management it is listed has, internal hard drive has disk 0, and external has disk 1

the recovery drive G: healthy (active, Primary Partition)11.76Gb NTFS, OS H: Healthy (Primary Partitions) 221.08 Gb NTFS

The model of the Hard drive is WD(western digital) MDL: WD2500BEKT-75A25T0 250GB SATA Laptop Hard Drive
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June 25, 2011 3:04:53 PM
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Liger01 said:
My laptop dell latitude E5510 had crashed, so I removed the hard drive connected it using 2.5 usb sata hard drive adaptor, the problem is the fact is I can see that there is space being used, but the files are hidden from view.

I went to disk management it is listed has, internal hard drive has disk 0, and external has disk 1

the recovery drive G: healthy (active, Primary Partition)11.76Gb NTFS, OS H: Healthy (Primary Partitions) 221.08 Gb NTFS

The model of the Hard drive is WD(western digital) MDL: WD2500BEKT-75A25T0 250GB SATA Laptop Hard Drive


Hello,
From your info, the desktop computer does recognize the laptop HDD as Disk 1, and it sees both partitions on it. Because the Recovery Partition G is listed as Active, I would first boot up your desktop without the USB laptop HDD connected, so there is no conflict with the BIOS transferring control to the Active Partition of your internal System Drive. Then connect the USB drive, and you will see the Disk 1, and it's 2 partitions. In Windows Explorer, click on the 'OS' H: Partition, and you should see your files there in the 221 GB NTFS partition. From your listing, it all checks out properly!
June 25, 2011 5:05:21 PM

I tried Has you suggested, but the results are still the same, does it make difference that I have it connected to another laptop instead of desktop
a c 104 G Storage
June 25, 2011 5:32:18 PM

Liger01 said:
I tried Has you suggested, but the results are still the same, does it make difference that I have it connected to another laptop instead of desktop


Next time you boot up, go to Disk Management and in the lower graphical section, the second row with Disk 1, over in the Volume Status area where it lists OS H: etc, right click that area and click on 'change drive letter or mount path' and choose another available letter. See if that will make the partition visible in Windows Explorer
June 25, 2011 6:20:53 PM

John_VanKirk said:
Next time you boot up, go to Disk Management and in the lower graphical section, the second row with Disk 1, over in the Volume Status area where it lists OS H: etc, right click that area and click on 'change drive letter or mount path' and choose another available letter. See if that will make the partition visible in Windows Explorer


I tried it still, the same, anymore suggestions?
a c 104 G Storage
June 25, 2011 7:55:33 PM

Liger01 said:
I tried it still, the same, anymore suggestions?


Please list exactly what is says in the Disk 1 row, Volume Status column. Then right click and report what the options are.
June 25, 2011 8:36:16 PM

thanks for the help, but I went gave the hard drive with the crashed laptop, since they wouldn't give me another laptop without it, though I really appreciate the help, I will have to leave it in fate's hand if they actually recover the memory or wipe it, like told them to thanks again.
June 25, 2011 8:36:31 PM

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March 19, 2013 1:38:04 AM

Liger01 said:
Hello,
My external hard drive is connected and everything, and I know there is space 60 gb of space being used, but I can't see the files, is there way I can.


a c 104 G Storage
March 19, 2013 9:12:02 AM

prasadsalvi said:
Liger01 said:
Hello,
My external hard drive is connected and everything, and I know there is space 60 gb of space being used, but I can't see the files, is there way I can.


Hi there,
Since this thread is 2 years old, please start a new thread with your problem and you should have many more folks reading and responding to it.

April 14, 2013 5:45:38 PM

6001276,0,333847 said:
Hi there and Welcome to Tom's Hardware!

Looking for a functioning external HD to replace my current one which is non-functional (using "Snow Leopard' as the OS).

Thank you, beforehand, for your reply.
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