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Unable to view files on external hard drive

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    Unable to view files on external hard drive


    Hi - newbie question here. I've looked over the Internet for a solution, but although I go into Disk Management and right-click my Seaport external hard drive, the only options I get are "New Simple Volume," "Properties," and "Help." I'd like to assign a letter to it but I don't know how. Can you help? Thanks in advance!

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    If those are your only options then something has happened to your drive and the partition has been wiped. Your only option is to create a new volume and start again. I would then run HD Tune and check to see if the drive is failing
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaboom132 View Post
    Hi - newbie question here. I've looked over the Internet for a solution, but although I go into Disk Management and right-click my Seaport external hard drive, the only options I get are "New Simple Volume," "Properties," and "Help." I'd like to assign a letter to it but I don't know how. Can you help? Thanks in advance!
    So, you don't see the drive at all in Computer, right?
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    Windows 8


    I can see the drive in Disk Management but it doesn't show up under the standard "My Computer" screen. Weird thing is, it works for my Mac (it's where I store my iTunes library), and I can see and access all my files there. I just don't know why it doesn't work for my PC.
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    Is there a Drive letter?

    Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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    @kaboom123:

    How is the drive formatted? I'd get your things backed up elsewhere if not already done--just in case. And, check this program that might be pertinent to you out: Mediafour--MacDrive--a very good program.
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