#1
I just got a new external hard drive literally like 3 hours ago. I plugged in and transferred some stuff to it, then unplugged it. I go to plug it back in and transfer new stuff onto it, and it won't even come up as being connected to my computer. I've tried every USB port on my computer, so what could be the problem?
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#3
happened to me too... if its possible, uninstall the drivers it installed, and try reinstalling them.... or just wait it out. keep it plugged in, then restart your computer while its plugged in.
#4
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happened to me too... if its possible, uninstall the drivers it installed, and try reinstalling them.... or just wait it out. keep it plugged in, then restart your computer while its plugged in.


How do I go about doing that?
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#6
Maybe it's not plug and play? Reinstall whatever drivers came with it.

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You...unplugged it without ejecting it and turning it off?


If you did this, you're retarded. At least turn it off before unplugging it.
#7
I got it from newegg.com

I didn't get any software with it, and it says it's plug and play.

I went to the products website and it's the most unuseful thing I've ever seen. I have like 50 gigs of stuff on there now and won't be able to get it back possibly, so im pretty pissed.
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#8
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I got it from newegg.com

I didn't get any software with it, and it says it's plug and play.

I went to the products website and it's the most unuseful thing I've ever seen. I have like 50 gigs of stuff on there now and won't be able to get it back possibly, so im pretty pissed.


Alright, try another computer maybe?
#9
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Maybe it's not plug and play? Reinstall whatever drivers came with it.


If you did this, you're retarded. At least turn it off before unplugging it.


If you do THAT, you're retarded. That's the exact same thing as unplugging it. You're cutting the power when it could be right in the middle of writing something, then it gets corrupted and your drive is hosed.

Always, always eject it.
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#10
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If you do THAT, you're retarded. That's the exact same thing as unplugging it. You're cutting the power when it could be right in the middle of writing something, then it gets corrupted and your drive is hosed.

Always, always eject it.


Hmm, yeah. I don't use my external for anything more than holding pictures, music and movies. Half the time it's not interacting with my computer at all.
#11
Well, my computer restarted at some point of me being gone, and when it came back on, it didn't work. So at that point, I inplugged it. It also doesn't have a power switch. The only way to turn it off is to unplug it.
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#12
I don't know what OS you're using, but on most Windows (not sure about Vista) there's a setting you can toggle whether you want any connected hardware to require to eject it safely from the desktop before unplugging it/ turning it off.
#13
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Well, my computer restarted at some point of me being gone, and when it came back on, it didn't work. So at that point, I inplugged it. It also doesn't have a power switch. The only way to turn it off is to unplug it.


Oh, that sucks. My computer randomly restarts all the time. My external has a power switch though.
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I don't know what OS you're using, but on most Windows (not sure about Vista) there's a setting you can toggle whether you want any connected hardware to require to eject it safely from the desktop before unplugging it/ turning it off.


I have XP Pro, so how can I mess with that?

Also, it's a SimpleTech by Fabrik 320 gb external.
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#16
It's very possible that you bought a faulty hard drive. Hard drives are the most fragile components of a computer and have the highest failure rate in manufacturing.

I've heard the most durable are made by Iomega.

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#17
does it show up in the device manager?

if it does but it isn't reconised it may be a file system error.

it happened to me, i formatted it to the nfts file system using the g-parted partitioning tool on a ubuntu live cd and it worked after that.
#18
restart your computer
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#19
I've restarted my computer multiple times, had it plugged in when it restarted, had it unplugged when it restarted. I don't know any technical terms and how to format and all that good junk. It worked when I first plugged it in, now it doesn't. I'm just trying to figure out a reason.
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#20
Okay...double post...but weird...I unplugged everything again and plugged it all back in, and it now works...so idk what the problem was.
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#21
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I've restarted my computer multiple times, had it plugged in when it restarted, had it unplugged when it restarted. I don't know any technical terms and how to format and all that good junk. It worked when I first plugged it in, now it doesn't. I'm just trying to figure out a reason.


To open Device Manager, click Start, and then click Control Panel. Double-click System. On the Hardware tab, click Device Manager.

can you find your hard drive when it is plugged in?

EDIT:nevermind then