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Cannot find external hard drive


hefs

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Hi I have just bought a buffalo mini station to transfer files from my pc as run out of space. I have connected to my pc via usb but cannot see it under My computer and have also tried disk management. Is there anything else I need to do ad I assumed id just plug it in and then be able to drag and drop files to release space? I am not great with pcs so can anyone please advise? Thanks

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rdave13

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Possibly XP is assigning it the same letter as another drive on your PC so it disappears. You could connect it back to the laptop that sees it and assign another letter to the drive, say 'X', for instance then try it on the PC again.

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hefs

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Only drives I currently use on the pc are c and d .... the laptop has it assigned as f so shouldn't be a problem there. I've manged to free up 5.10GB now which is 7% shouldn't this be sufficient amount? When plugged in it still makes the triple 'ding' which to me sounds straight away as if it's not right.

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Terry Brown

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As you appear to have tried everything else, I suggest the following.

Inside our computer you have 2 wide gray (IDE) cables attached to the motherboard and drives.

One goes to your harddrive and the other goes to your DVD /CD drives.

You should have a spare connection on the Harddrive cable and a spare Molex power plug (Large white 4 pin).

Get another internal harddrive and using the transfer wizard (Start- All Programs-Accessories-System Tools-Files and settings ransfer wizard) to transfer all your files and settings to the new drive.

If you cannot get an IDE harddrive, you can geta a SATA drive but you will need to get an IDE to SATA data converter and a MOLEX to SATA power converter as well. This link should show you the components http://www.cooldrives.com/idehadrtosap.html

After checking all is OK, you can then delete the old drive and use for data storage.

Terry

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Terry Brown

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I should have said that the new drive will need to be build using you XP CD and all program added (as per new build, using the transfer wizard only the files are transferred not the programs.

Terry

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