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  1. #11


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    yes.............if I plug it into my laptop I can use it

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  2. #12


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot




    If you want windows to recognize it as soon as you plug it in without having to go through DISK MGMT is to :

    First recognize the Drive through DISK MGMT and assign it a drive letter

    Then go to COMPUTER select the removable drive then (right click) then (properties)

    Select (hardware)

    Find your harddrive in the list then select it, then click (properties), then (policies)

    Select (better performance) and not (quick removal)

    Thats it.. you will have to use the (Safely Remove Hardware) icon in your system tray before removing this drive from now on to make sure there is nothing in the cache waiting to be written, but that only takes a few seconds, and saves the BIG TO DO of DISK MGMT everytime you plug it in...

    Brooklyn!
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  3. #13


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    ok..............now I'm really confused
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  4. #14


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    Could this be a secure boot issue?

    If that older drive has an active boot partition then secure boot might not allow it to be recognized.

    If you temporarily disable secure boot, it may be recognized.

    Or maybe if you turn off the active partition boot bit it may work. You'd have to do that in another computer of course or run a boot disk with a partition manager.
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  5. #15


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    I thought I had replied to this but ill try again, if its an IDE drive inside the enclosure then try changing its position from MASTER to SLAVE or visaversa.

    If not try this method

    Win 8 Cannot find external HDD

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  6. #16


    Posts : 6
    windows 8


    Hi Dan , you might like to check out the recent thread from me , I had nearly the same problem.

    I resolved it easily when I realised that the drive I was trying to connect was still set to "master" it was a main drive from my old computer.

    I reset the pins/dipswitches to slave and everything burst into life.

    Hope this helps
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  7. #17


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    when I go into my computer I do not see the extrernal hard drive in there
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