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Verbatim 500GB usb 2 0 not recognized in windows 7

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Anonymous
a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
a b G Storage
August 1, 2011 11:26:50 AM

My new verbatim store n go 500 GB is not recognized in windows 7 on dell Laptop. Could some one give me a clue

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jose
a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
a c 104 G Storage
August 1, 2011 2:57:04 PM

Hi Jose, & Welcome to Tom's Hardware!

If it's brand new, you may need to initialize, partition, and add a file system to make it ready for data

So, plug it into a USB 3 or 2 plug, boot up your computer, and then go to Disk Management. In the lower graphical section, you should see the drive listed as Disk 1 or Disk 2. There are two sections to this area, the DriveStatus area where the Disk 1 is listed, and the VolumeStatus area where the partitions and file system are listed.

If it says Initialize, go ahead and do that choosing the Basic style, and probably make 1 large 500GB partition (or a couple smaller partitions if you want) using MBR if asked. That also places a disk signature on the drive. Then you can Full Format the partition making it ready for data using NTFS and the default 4k allocation units. Takes a while.

When done, you can assign a drive letter to the partition, like 'K' for back up, or whatever, and by clicking on Properties, can give it a VolumeName, like 'BackUp Drive' your choice. Once the letter is assigned, it will be recognized in Windows Explorer.
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