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    windows 8

    external hard drive


    I have a extra hard drive from my dell lap top I use for storage. When I plug it into my new dell windows 8( which I hate with a passion) windows 8 does not recognize it

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    Posts : 5
    windows server 2012


    do u connect the extra hard drive during system booting process???
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    yes I tried that
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    How are you connecting this HDD to your windows 8 PC? Have you made all the connections from the HDD to the mobo....eg data cable and power cable if you installed HDD internally to windows 8 PC?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    I have the hard drive connected through a usb port
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5
    windows server 2012


    Dear Dan,

    Firstly let the system start by booting itself with the hard drive installed within the system.. after the complete startup of your system connect the external hard drive at the usb port.. now check the status...may it resolve your issue...make sure that during startup the external one is not connected..
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    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    I tried that to............it still doesn't work. If I look in "my computer" I don't even see it in there in the removable storage. I know the usb port is woeking because I tried a usb san disk and that works. I also know the external hard drive works because I had it hooked up on my laptop............I think is the stupid windows 8...........why couldn't they leave well enough alone!!!!
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    Is the hdd in some type of hdd enclosure? What make and model of hdd enclosure?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    yes it is...........its a 2.5 SATA TO eSATA &USB External enclosure. Its the older hard drive from my dell laptop
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  10. #10


    Posts : 2
    XP Pro, 7 Pro, Win8, Android, W2K3 Server


    Does it connect on any other machines? External power supply?
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