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External Hard Drive Refuses to Stay in Windows Explorer

  1. #1

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    Windows 8 Pre-Release

    External Hard Drive Refuses to Stay in Windows Explorer

    So I have an interesting (maybe not) problem. I tried searching for a fix on here, but the issues seem to be different. I have a Western Digital Mybook external hard drive, that I use to hold my music and video files. It is formatted, working properly, and shows up in disk management. However whenever I turn on my computer it refuses to show up in Windows Explorer. I can unplug the USB connection and replug it in and it will show up, however if I close windows explorer and re-open it the hard drive will no longer come up under "computer". I can access the folder through an icon I created on the start page, and I can play the files in iTunes, it just refuses to show up in Windows Explorer. This is driving me crazy, any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Have you tried plugging the drive into a non-partisan, third party PC if available?

    And did work before correctly in a previous Windows OS?

    Is the little indicator light blinking?

    Is the drive and/or files somehow hidden?

    There are a LOT of different reasons as to why an external hard drive isn't working properly, more details are a must.
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External Hard Drive Refuses to Stay in Windows Explorer

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