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December 30, 2011 10:08:26 PM

Hello,
I have installed an external hard drive, a hibachi g drive slim to be exact, windows did not assign a letter, when I go to my computer and manage I highlite the file to change/ assign drives but it won't let me change it, any ideas?
a b G Storage
December 30, 2011 10:17:44 PM

Hello Kennyb1956,

Just a thought - Did you format your HDD or it came pre-formatted.
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December 30, 2011 10:20:06 PM

I was told it was already formatted, just had to plug it in, it shows up in my computer,and never did create a short cut etc
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a b G Storage
December 30, 2011 10:22:41 PM

Try this:

Disconnect HDD, Reboot and connect HDD again.
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December 30, 2011 10:25:14 PM

I have tried that a few time...no luck
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December 30, 2011 10:26:29 PM

Should I perhaps format? If so can you briefly tell me how? Kinda new at this sorry
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a b G Storage
December 30, 2011 10:29:46 PM

You could go to Disk Management (where you assign drive letter) and should see an option to format.
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a b G Storage
December 30, 2011 10:40:53 PM

But did you follow all instructions for this HDD - like if it came with some CD/software etc.
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December 30, 2011 10:42:01 PM

In disk management it says the drive is Healthy ( GPT Protective Partition) Does that mean anything as to why it's not assigning?
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a b G Storage
December 30, 2011 10:43:56 PM

Is it 3TB HDD?
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December 30, 2011 10:47:25 PM

It is a 500GB
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December 30, 2011 10:49:01 PM

I installed a seagate but didn't like it so I un installed it, it installed right out of the box and windows assigned it the letter E
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a b G Storage
December 30, 2011 10:51:27 PM

Where did you buy this HDD - I mean is it Brand New out of box.
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December 30, 2011 10:53:23 PM

Yes new out of the box, bought it at an apple store and I was told as soon as I plugged it in that windows would recognize it, no need to format etc
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a b G Storage
December 30, 2011 10:56:09 PM

Ya there shouldn't be any need to format then
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a b G Storage
December 30, 2011 11:00:35 PM

Reboot and try to connect to a different USB port. If its a Desktop PC, try to connect to a port at the back of your PC.
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December 30, 2011 11:02:46 PM

Yes new out of the box, bought it at an apple store and I was told as soon as I plugged it in that windows would recognize it, no need to format etc
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a b G Storage
December 30, 2011 11:06:15 PM

Please reboot and try a different USB port. If you have a desktop, connect to a port at the back.
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December 30, 2011 11:16:45 PM

Disk manager will not allow me to format...I see the file in there just won't let me highlite it so format
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December 30, 2011 11:26:53 PM

How do I ensure that everything from E drive has been deleted? Perhaps that is why it won't assign, not sure what else I can do,
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December 31, 2011 12:06:41 AM

The drive comes pre-formatted in HFS+, a file system made by Apple that Windows can't read.

You have 2 options:
- Format it in NTFS. Works fine with Windows XP/Vista/7 but Mac OS X will have read-only access.
- Format it in exFat. Works fine with Windows 7 and Mac OS (from version 10.6.5 onward) but Windows XP needs an update first.
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December 31, 2011 1:58:08 PM

Thanks for the response, but here's the problem, I have found the program in disc management, it's called disk 1. When I click on it a window opens up but the change drive letter/ format options won't open. Windows tells me the program is running but I have no way to access it.
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December 31, 2011 2:00:23 PM


Kennyb1956
Thanks for the response, but here's the problem, I have found the program in disc management, it's called disk 1. When I click on it a window opens up but the change drive letter/ format options won't open. Windows tells me the program is running but I have no way to access it.
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