Not going to mention my computer specs because I really doubt it has anything to do with my laptop.
When I plug in my external hard drive I get a sound that it's connected but it does not show in "My Computer" - someone told me to go to Disk Management and check if it shows up. It does show and gives me the option of "Initialize Disk - You must initialize a disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it. Select disks: Disk 1.
Use the following partition style for the selected disks: